Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Superman #12

Writers: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke
Price: $2.99

Lois’s New Boss

We begin our super adventure with Lois getting a job offer at The Horn by the editor Candice. Feels so wrong that Lois would work anywhere but the Daily Planet. The meeting is cut short by a large steampunk Frankenstein looking monster busting through the wall. Super Frank (not his actual name but seems fitting) grabs Candice and tells her S.H.A.D.E has a special place in hell for her. Seriously Candice looks like D.C’s Velma; I can’t really see her doing anything hell worthy. Anyways, Lois does what any reasonable woman would in that situation…hit Super Frank with her purse. Super Frank grabs Lois, but sees she’s only an innocent bystander so he throws her to the side. He proceeds to tell Candice that the façade is up and her time has come. Lois reaches into her purse and grabs the hellbat glove and blasts Super Frank away. She definitely should have done that in the first place. Lois then grabs Candice and heads for the door. They decide to steal the hover bike Frank came in, to try and get away. Obviously this does not please the un-jolly green giant and he jumps on at the last minute. Lois’s only hope is to be able to shake him loose. Just in the knick of time Superman arrives to save the day. He knocks Frank down and demands to know what he is doing here. Frank, I kid you not pulls out a gun resembling a train, and points it at our Superman. Frank tells Supes that every second that someone gets in his way is another second the outcast is allowed to be free. He reiterates his point by throwing a tractor on top of Superman. Just then a farmer shoots Frank in the chest, to no effect really. I guess you don’t mess with a farmer’s tractor. As the man is reloading, Frank steps up to take revenge. But yet again in the knick of time Superman is back on his feet and punches Frank away from the farmer. Superman tells the farmer to head inside, and the man calmly does. I wish I’d be that cool in that kind of situation. Suddenly the girls burst in with the un controllable hover bike and ram right into Superman. Giving Frank enough time to grab Candice and expose her true identity. Kroog a purple beast even more hideous than my friend Frank. The murderous outcast has now been caught.

The Confessional

I had so much fun reading this. For reasons unknown even to myself I found Frank super endearing from the beginning. Maybe it was the train looking gun, I mean come on that’s awesome. The randomness of the farmer dude showing up added a little comic relief to the issue. Like the farmer guy, there were other small break up between the fighting scenes which made the issue flow really well. I’m a pretty big fan of the art in this run so far and this issue was no different. It has that classic new style comic book look, which compliments a Superman story really well. I also really like what rebirth is doing with Lois, she’s more the strong willed woman that I’ve admired. Cliché comic book dialogue doesn’t take anything from the over arching value of how good this story was. Pick it up, go ahead I know you want too.

Holy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

Ariel DuPey | Nerd Church Radio 

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