Thursday, December 1, 2016

Comics Rant: Superman #8

Superman #8
Story by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Penciled by Doug Mahnke
Inked by Jamie Mendoza
Colored by Wil Quintana

Superman and Superboy and Krypto! Man, I gotta admit this is more and more starting to feel like a love letter to Superman's Silver Age here. The Man of Steel is helping his son with his school science project in the Fortress of Solitude. Which when you think of it, is there really any other place you can think of which would provide a better amount of material for making a kick ass science project? I didn't think so.

So it's a bit strange when, out of the blue, Supes and his boy and dog, get pulled into another world by Superboy's science project. They end up on a island where dinosaurs still exist. Huh. Island where there are still dinosaurs and they still run wild and free. Almost sounds like a book and a movie I once saw, I think it was called "Billy and the Cloneasauris" or some such. Yeah, I think that's it.

So Superman gets eaten by a prehistoric shark, but teaches his kid a lesson. Instead of just punching his way free, he uses his super smarts to massage the shark's stomach and heart to get it to spit him back up. Clearly, not what I would have done but Superman is a better man than me, for real. Hell, even Krpyto gets eaten at some point, but thankfully Superboy starts punching the dinosaur that ate him to save him.

Superman and son find some leftovers of some of the greatest generation of Americans, The World War II type, natch. Those guys are double tough. But for those who are inclined to know the history of the DCU, it's the Losers! A ragtag group of World War II solders who would find their way to the land of the dinosaurs and this was their last stand. Superman and crew find their message they leave behind and now have to find a way home. Interesting if not a quirky little tale. Loved seeing Doug Mahnke back on a mainstream comic, let alone a Superman one. He seems to come and go from the scene but when he shows up his beautiful work is always appreciated.

-Tash Moore

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