Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Laura Martin
Summary from Comixology: “An extra-sized special issue of the world’s greatest hero brings in the New Year with a new costume, new powers and new friends and enemies! The epic team of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson conclude their first arc with twist after twist that will send Superman onto a new path and force Clark Kent to making a shocking decision! Plus: John Romita Jr. draws Batman!”
This was a strong finish to a decent arc. Ulysses makes for a strong antagonist because of his tragic back-story which somewhat mirrors Superman’s. His whole purpose was to save his home, but unfortunately that meant a strong dose of genocide for some of Earth’s residents. This issue contains the end of the climactic battle between the “Men of Tomorrow.”
I was on the verge of dropping this series from my pull list. So far I have been enjoying the story alright, and the art has been alright too, but alright doesn’t cut it on my short pull list – I have multiple mouths to feed. This book may have changed that. MAY being the key word.
Johns ended on a high note with the first arc’s finale. I was worried when I found out ol’ Supes was getting a new power, although his power set has certainly seen stranger days. As it turns out, the power actually is kind of neat and is an extension of one of the powers already in his repertoire. The new power isn’t the only surprise, however. The last page also contains a pretty great surprise, but I won’t spoil it for you.
Generally speaking, I don’t have a problem with Romita’s art. That being said, it just feels out of place on a Superman story. I don’t know, maybe I just got spoiled with Greg Capullo’s clean style on DC’s other flagship, Batman. That being said, it didn’t actually detract from the book. I just prefer a cleaner look, especially on a character like Superman.
The Final Say-
So was this issue enough for me to keep it on my pull list? I am not sure yet. I will say that this was a fun issue with very little wrong with it, and Superman’s struggle with his newest power certainly has some intriguing possibilities. I would mark this book as a 4 out of 5. Just a heads up, you will definitely need to read the preceding issues prior to reading this one.