Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Adventures of Superman 627 - 632

Superman has been a character that, for the most part, I've been able to enjoy over time. There are times that I don't like the character or at times he'll bring up bad memories, but for the most part I find a well written story involving the Man of Steel and his supporting cast is usually fun to read. Rucka, in this six issue run, takes the focus away from the fun aspect of Superman and instead looks more realistically at the character and it turns out to work just fine.

Now this isn't a mind-blowing awesome story or anything, but it's reasonably entertaining. Superman is fighting some guy who thinks that Superman is going to be the end of us all. To take down Supes, he uses Replikon and his son to attack Superman so that he can use a device he created to suck Superman's power out of him. Far fetched and very cliched superhero storytelling, I know, but the second plot of the story and the subplot involving the Metropolis Police Department make up for it.

Lois is going to the middle east to cover some of the fighting that's going on. While she's over there, she learns what it's like being an embedded reporter. She watches men die, watches men kill, bonds with another embedded reporter, and gets shot. Seeing how Superman and the JLA react to Lois getting shot shows just how much sway Superman holds in the DC universe.

The arc closes on a very downbeat note as you see Superman next to Lois' hospital bed. She lies there unconscious and he promises never to leave her side. A touching moment, while at the same time a very sad way to end the arc.

Oh, as for the art, it's really good. 'Nuff said.

Story: 3.75
Overall: 3.75

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