Thursday, February 9, 2017

Comics Rant: Superman #12

Superman #12
Written by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Penciled by Doug Mahnke
Inked by Jamie Mendoza & Christian Alamy
Colored by Wil Quintana

I say, damn, there are a great deal of ads in comic books these days. Shit, they don't even go to great lengths to hide them anymore. I guess with sales shrinking, they gotta get that money anyway they can. Much like a pimp in the night. Other than that let's talk about this issue of Superman. First off, I really enjoyed the fact that they were able to incorporate Frankenstein here. I haven't seen homeboy
since he graced the pages of his own book back when the New 52 first launched. Which now that I think about it, feels like a lifetime ago.

Lois Lane is looking to get back into the Journalism field after, uh, I guess not working to have a baby. Like I said, I'm not reading Rebirth. If you've been keeping up you know that she and Superman had a child named Jon, who now, is the new Superboy. Yeah, I don't care for him either. When Lois goes to meet Candice, the woman who is the editor of the Hamilton Horn, the newspaper to which Lois is applying to, shit gets real. Or reals. However you want to say it.

The whole interview process is going in Lois' favor. That is until Frankenstein shows up and starts wrecking the place. He seems very much intent on killing Candice. He gets pretty close, until Lois breaks out the power glove that used to power the HellBat that she stole from the Dark Knight. Lois knocks Frankenstein down and makes a break for it with Candice. Great scene where Lois and Candice steal the hover bike that Frankenstein was riding on.

Or course, Lois being attacked brings out the big blue boy scout, Superman. As per usual, Frankenstein tries to explain that he isn't trying to murder Candice in cold blood. Something Superman and Lois both find a hard time believing. So naturally, Supes and Frankenstein come to blows. Hell, Frankenstein even gets off a round dead into Superman's super head. After a few pages of the two of them throwing blows, Frankenstein's hover bike comes back via remote and Frankenstein reveals that Candice is really a monster with blue skin! If you're trying to get an idea of what she's looking like here, think of the bad guys from those old New Jedi Order novels from 17 years ago. Yeah, that's it.

All in all, this was a fun read. I was starting to sour on Superboy. That would have been fine for a few issues, but that started to feel like it was dragging on and on. We here call that the Bendis effect. But this had action with the knock down drag out fight with Big Blue and Frankenstein. Worth the $2.99. Hell, kudos for the cover too, it's the type of thing that just makes you want to buy this issue off the racks to find out just what's going on and it doesn't disappoint.

-Tash Moore

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