Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Superman #18

Writers: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Pencils: Patrick Gleason
Inks: Mick Gray
Colors: John Kalisz
Letters: Rob Leigh

The Disappearing Act:

This issue starts with someone escaping Mr. Oz’s prison, who could it be? The rest of the issue Clark and Lois celebrate their anniversary at home with Jon, doppel-Clark drops them off a gift. Unfortunately, the gift he left had some dire consequences. Next Issue in Action Comics #975.

The Confessional:

Okay, first let's talk about the first HUGE question in this issue: who escaped from Oz’s prison? That room was HUGE and thought Superman would save him. I don't have any clue as to who this could be, but they seemed to be waiting for Superman to save them and they can either fly or get really tall and know Superman's origins… so that mystery will remain one until we get more (I hope Conner Kent). Now for the second question: We still have no idea who this doppel-Clark is, but I'm really starting to hate him even more than before, if that's possible. He drops off a photo album cataloging Superman's life, including the Kent's and their parents. How does he have so much information on Clark Kent's life? Again, something for the next issue because what happened next was MAJOR… and made me cry, because being a father myself having my son disappear in my arms would devastate me, would probably lead me to kill… no telling what a God would do, but I'm guessing it's not going to be good for doppel-Clark. Once they finished looking through the photo album everything that shouldn't be was erased from existence (or perhaps proofed to Mr. Oz). That leads to Jon disappearing in Superman's arms… if you've already read this issue this is where you were grabbing for something to cry into…

Now this art was fantastic, I really enjoyed the cartoonesque style of this book, and the pages and panels of Jon disappearing were the best art of the book. I love how the eyes are huge and expressive too, I think it pushed the issue over the top!

High Holy: ★★★★★★★★✩✩

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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