Story: Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art: Doug Mahnke
Lois is done playing games! 🙅
Batman dissapeared. Superman, Jon, and Damian dissapeared to deal with a giant squid that attacked Hamilton County, then they dissapeared. Lois isn't the 'wait around and find out' kind of girl. She's more of the take action type. So she heads out to figure out what's going on. What she finds out is that the entire town has been surveiling her and her family. And they all know Superman and Jon's secret identities! She rushes back to her house to get the Justice League communicator, but the mayor and a few town cops are waiting there for her. She makes her way to her bedroom and gets the Iron Man Esque fire hand gauntlet she stole from Batman's moon cave and then makes her way outsite, where the Batmobile shows up. She drives away, seemingly escaping, but out of nowhere the Batmobile comes apart and Farmer Cobb is standing in front of her.
Superman is wandering through what seems to be Cobb's house and, at the end of the hall finds a giant purple machine that has all sorts of "people pods" in it. Inside of these pods we can see Batman, Damian, iFrankenstein, someone in a clown mask (maybe the kids who were trying to rob the Hamilton County Fair), and a couple other's I cant quite make out.
Theories anyone? 😕
I was part of the group of people that thought maybe Farmer Cobb was Martian Manhunter. But, now that we're seeing everyone grouped up in a machine in his house, I'm thinking not so much. Either that, or Martian Manhunter has a lot of explaining to do. Also - Hamilton County isn't a real town! That's a pretty crazy reveal and I have no idea what to make of it. Literally, I am totally at a loss here and have no idea where Tomasi and Gleason are going with this. And that's not a bad thing!
Sum it up!
This story has been a stand out for DC Rebirth since the start. Tomasi and Gleason are weaving their way through a superman mystery and dolling out little pieces of information at a time. The story is damn near perfect as far as Superman stories go and the art is absolutely beautiful in this issue. My only complaint is that I have to wait a couple weeks to see what happens!
Ben DuPey | NCR