Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Superman #20

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

Something in the Milk:

A storm is coming to Hamilton County driving the Kents to their basement. All isn't what it seems as Batman and Robin show up to talk to Superman about Jon’s tests, which leads Batman to look into Cobb’s Dairy. Next Issue: Powerless.

The Confessional:

After a so-so crossover we have come to some of the aftermath and however much a day-in-the-life story this may have been it's full of important information to set up the story to come. Now, allow me to take a minute to just be confused… Last page of Action Comics last issue it looked like Jon was flying, and here we are now with him not being able to fly. How did their house go back to where it was, how did nobody notice the house was missing? So many unanswered questions… however we are digging into a mystery that I have been wondering about since the beginning of Superman: Who is Mr. Cobb… in some issues he seems like a harmless old man, and in others he seems like he is up to no good, which if that is the case would make me a little sad for Jon because it would definitely have an impact on his and Kathy’s relationship. Now Batman and Damien show up to talk to Superman about Jon's test, which turn out that he's perfectly fine, however his powers should have fully formed and manifested by now, which they haven't. That leads Batman to trying to figure out what could be causing this. After a painfully weird dinner where everyone is still in their costume (I mean they all know who each other are why the costumes) Batman is going to have investigate Cobb’s Dairy… where the milk turns into some strange black liquid and captures him… okay so whether bad or good Cobb is supposedly messing with Jon’s powers, maybe hiding him from a force that could be trying to use him… so I'm going to go out on a limb here: Martian Manhunter, Doctor Manhattan is on Mars, Manhunter may know this and is keeping an eye on the Kents to make sure they stay safe until the fight comes… I am probably wrong, however it makes sense to me, we haven't seen him yet and it would be great to have him in the universe somewhere, but after the Mxyzptlk reveal it seem a little too large, too soon.

Now, I don't know what it is about Gleason’s art that I like so much, maybe how much expression the eyes give or how he makes Jon look, but the art in this book is one of my favorites and lends a lot to the storytelling. But as the first story out of the Reborn crossover I feel like I was expecting more, I liked what I got, but felt it was missing some key thing to make it perfect.

Holy: ★★★★★★★✩✩✩ 7/10

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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