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Superman has had many writers tackling stories suitable for the man of Steel of his 75 year history. In recent years, things haven’t always gone so well, especially since DC launched the New 52. But things look to change, and this new anthology series featuring three different stories by some of comics’ finest writers looks to change that. The first issue of Adventures of Superman is off to a terrific start, with three stories that are all well told, boast some fine artwork, and great writing.
The first story, “Violent Minds”, pits Superman against a dangerous telekinetic. Writer Jeff Parker (Spider-man: 1602) does a nice job of having Clark try reasoning with the man, trying his best to diffuse a violent situation without resorting to violence himself. Chris Samnee’s (Daredevil) art does a nice job of capturing some of the chaos caused by the telekinetic man named Leon. The action is nicely rendered, and moves the story along nicely. Matthew Wilson provides some solid coloring, helping the action to pop off the page. There’s a nice little twist at the end as to who’s really behind Leon gaining his power, and the story is nicely tied up, with Superman doing his best to bring Leon under control while protecting the innocent citizens around him.
The second story, “Fortress”, takes a bit different approach. Instead of focusing on an actual Superman adventure, the story, penned by Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Green Arrow) depicts two friends acting out their own crises for Superman to handle, with one taking on the role of Supes and the other playing the part of the villain. It’s quite amusing as the two boys change their mind, shifting from one bad guy to the other. Lemire also handles the artwork, with Jose Villarubia helping out on the colors. The two create a nice contrast between the boys’ imaginative fantasies, rendered in bolder, brighter colors, and the moments of just the pair themselves, which is relayed in gentler pastels. The final panel of Superman watching the two is just sweet.
The third and final tale of the issue, written by Justin Jordan (The Legend of Luther Strode) and illustrated by Riley Rossmo (Bedlam) offers an amusing take on one of Superman’s oddest enemies. “Bizzaro’s Worst Day” has the anti-Superman wreaking havoc, causing floods and raining meteors down on a farmer’s field. Naturally, Superman swoops in, and again tries to handle things without resorting to a lot of violence. He ends up talking to Bizzaro is his own, weird contrary language, and in the end, puts him to use in helping mankind, creating a positive solution for everyone involved. It has some nice action and a nice amount of humor, and ends the issue on an amusing high note.
This series is off to a nice start. Though it will have a rotating group of writers, if it continues to follow this well done debut this book will be one of the best Superman titles in recent months. The stories were all well told, and that’s just the type of book the Man of Steel needs right now. Pick this up for a nice entertaining read without worrying about coming in the middle of a story arc. Even newcomers will be able to enjoy this book, though it should please long time fans as well.
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