Saturday, February 25, 2017

Comics Rant: Superman #13

Superman #13
Written by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Penciled by Doug Mahnke
Inked by Jamie Mendoza, Keith Champagne and Norm Rapmund
Colored by Wil Quintana

Picking up from last issue of Superman, an alien who can shape shift is being taken in by SHADE by Frankenstein, with the help of Lois Lane and the Man of Steel. Hey, it is his book after all.  But just when you thought things couldn't get even more out of hand, it does! Frankenstein's Bride shows up! Shes's got four arms and guns to match and she's blasting the alien (Kroog) to hell. Well, she's a bounty hunter now that she divorced Frankenstein. Bummer.

While Frankenstein and his ex wife get int a heated argument, Kroog does what comes naturally and tries to escape. Just like a bad guy. Superman is able to pull the two warring lovers apart but when Kroog gets a little too far away, the Frankenstein Bride starts shooting and blows Kroog to literal pieces. They try to reform but the Bride ain't having any of that and starts shooting those, too, in a truly laugh out loud moment.

Superman for once, loses his patience with the both of them and throws them so hard across an open field that Frankenstein's hand comes off. This reveals that even though Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein aren't an item, he still loves her. That or homeboy was just too lazy to return or pawn the ring. I'm guessing that latter. Lois wants to know what happened to her friend who was the newspaper editor that the alien, Kroog, was impersonating. Lucky for us this is a "T" for Teen rated comic, and the paper editor is safely locked away in her basement and alive. Thank God this isn't a Vertigo comic!

What then happens is so very much by the numbers that it looks like a five year old wrote it. Superman, Lois, Frankenstein and his (former) Bride do the old classic team up and then track down Kroog who's trying to pull a Poochie and go back to his home planet. Superman and the gang stop him and hand him over to Frankenstein who then hands him over to his Bride. She takes Kroog in to recover the bounty and also spurns Frankenstein's offer to get back together. Talk about cold as ice. The issue ends with Superman ad Lois going home to tuck Superboy in.

Good issue. I got a kick out of the dynamics between Frankenstein and the Bride. Would love to see a spin off for them, which I guess they could do. But on the other hand, Frankenstein did have his own title for a bit with the New 52 and that fizzled out rather quickly. Never did this feel cluttered in any way which is a testament to the creative team. Good stuff.

-Tash Moore

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