Saturday, August 20, 2016

Comics Rant: Suprman #2

Superman #2
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Penciled by Patrick Gleason
Inked by Mick Gray
Colored by John Kalisz

Superman and son continues, from the last issue I mean (Duh). You probably know by now that Superman has a son, named Jon. Jon's got powers just like his old man, except that they clearly aren't that well developed. It's the new status quo for the Man of Steel and I'm okay with that, so long as they keep letting Patrick Gleason draw the book. That's one awesome looking Superman. It gives John Byrne a run for his money.

So this story begins with Supes and son going to the aid of a Russian submarine crew that has a damaged propeller. Good to know the Man of Steel isn't above helping for something like this. Come to think of it, maybe Superman might think about getting a tow truck. Judging by what happens here, he'd be great at providing roadside service. Hell, you could even call it Superman and son! Cause, well, you know.

Nothing ever goes swimmingly for our hero, so of course he gets attacked by a giant octopus. Superman Jr. helps out by blasting the creature with heat vision. This kid must be strong because his heat vision even harms his dad. Talk about powerful.

Somehow, during the fight Supes Jr. gets a few cuts and bruises and spills some blood. I suppose it's taking into account that his powers aren't fully developed yet. The octopus is driven back into the sea depths and Superman takes his son back to the Kent Farm.

Back home, Jon is hanging out with a young lady from the first issue that's moved close to the family farm. While sharing a tender moment, a tree branch collapses with them on it, injuring the son of Superman and knocking him out. Why, you might ask? Why, because the plot demanded it, silly. But hey, he's okay! Because Superman uses his X-Ray vision to run a full scan on his boy. It's just minor internal damage. Shit, I don't know what world you live on, but any internal damage is major to my bony ass.

Moving the plot along, back in the ocean where Superman Jr. got cut up, someone steals some of the blood and makes its way to the Fortress of Solitude.  It's none other than the Eradicator! He's out to save Superman. And by save him, I think he means kill him. Hey, no one said Eradicator was sane. Great artwork and a stellar balance of action packed scenes and heartwarming dialogue to make this a modern classic. That or it didn't make me regret spending my money on it.

-Tash Moore

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