Thursday, January 10, 2013
Olivia's Pick of the Week: Superman #15
writer: Scott Lobdell
artist: Kenneth Rocafort
A very fun issue to read. Superman and Superboy visit Lex Luthor in a prison of Lex's own design. Superman is looking for advice on what he and Superboy can do about H'el since they were booted out of the Fortress of Solitude.
There isn't a ton of action going on in this issue. There are fun bits with Superboy traveling through the different levels of the prison and getting caught up in the place's security system. There's just a nice contrast between Superman and Superboy, in general. Superboy's youth and naivete come across really well. But then he is at a disadvantage just walking around without his TK and not being used to wearing Superman's suit.
When they come face to face with Lex, it was curious to see his reaction to Superboy, who even he refers to as "Kon". He talked down to Superboy. Whereas he sees Superman as something of an equal and regarded each other accordingly, Superboy is the clone and he was rather talked at by Lex like the experiment that he is. The relationship dynamics were great.
Superman already had an idea about what H'el would be up to and where he would go next. It's just coming to terms about what would need to be done to stop him is something that Superman needs to give considerable thought to.
The issue had a lot of great dialogue and it was the most entertaining to read. The art's been really good, too. I most enjoyed the depiction of Lex Luthor. We've got a nice re-cap of what happened in the previous issues and we've got a glimpse about where the story is heading. It's very, very good.