This issue marks some big changes for the Superman franchise: new writer, new artist, and new career change! In this review, let’s just brake those down one-by-one.
First off- I’m a huge fan of Scott Lobdell! He truly seems to enjoy what he gets to do for a living more than any other writer out there! He is always answers questions, doing interviews, and basically talking about the characters that he loves to write! That being said, I have not been a big fan of his writing in the past. I got on board with Teen Titans- which, thanks to this book, I have picked up again to give another shot- and tried superboy. Neither really held my attention, so when I heard that Mr. Lobdell was coming to take over Superman, I had mixed feelings.
Luckily, I had nothing to fear after all! This new story by Scott is great! It’s full of fresh energy, it’s got some great dialogue and monologue (more on that in a minute). There is even a narrator’s voice, which doesn’t get much explanation. It could be Clark, writing a blog or something. It could be whomever the planet hires to cover the Superman stories, since that job is now officially available. Or it could just be Scott Lobdell getting a little “Golden Agey” by adding an unexplained omniscient narration. Who knows? The bottom line is that this is the light at the end of the New 52 Superman tunnel that we have been waiting since Perez was on the book, But I don’t think Scott is the only one to thank for the new finally-enjoyable Superman book.
Kenneth Rocaport brings such a fresh look to the Superman book, that it feels like finally coming up for air after being submerged for, say, 12 months. For some reason the art in this book has had this old 90s look to it since the relaunch. I held on for a long time, because I like the character, but it has been rough! This guy’s style is just what the book needed. The crazy thing is that he bring back a really old idea to the comic, but manages to keep it cool: Thought bubbles. Before you say anything, yes, I mean he uses the little clouds that float out of each characters head when they are thinking. If the old artist tried this, it would have been a last straw. But here, it’s interesting and fun. Since the rest of the book looks so fresh and new, the thought bubbles don’t age it as much as give it a certain quirky style. Now, can anyone tell me why Rocafort always gives his character shiny nose tips? Seriously, go look for yourself. they all have them if you look really closely.
Clark quits the Daily Planet.
Since it was on the news yesterday and all, I don’t think it spoils anything to say that Clark starts off this new chapter of his life with a new writer by quitting the Planet! I won’t say how, except that a certain boss that I abhor finally gets told off… and it’s great! What will Clark do next? Some folks think he will starting blogging his own news, or start his own new company. Either of those could be likely as they would very much update the character to our current world, since more and more people who can’t find jobs are choosing to start their own small businesses.
Bottom Line: Loved it! Great new direction! 100% new reader friendly, and sets up the next story really well. (I can’t wait for H’el on earth!)