Thursday, October 13, 2011

Review the DCnU: Superman #1

One of the most noticeable changes of the new DCU is the changes in iconic costumes, most notably Superman's. The second most talked about change would have to be the fact that Lois and Clark are no longer a married couple.  When news broke out about the DC reboot these were the two hot topics coming out of the announcement.  The first issue of Superman addresses both of these issues.


Superman and characters
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by George Perez and Jesus Merino

Superman and characters
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While much of the new Superman's backstory is being covered in the Justice League and Action Comics the present day Superman's tales are going to be told in his namesake book.  A fist issues that was really sort of dull.  Sure there is a lot going on, but something about the way it read just really didn't come across as all that exciting.


The book opens up by showing us things are changing all over.  The old Daily Planet building has been demolished by its new owner Morgan Edge.  Edge is looking to take the Planet into the 21st century and modernize all parts of the company. The first issue focuses greatly on what is going to be the supporting cast of the comic.  Sure Superman makes his appearance fights and saves the day, but that's not where the story here is.

Superman and characters
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Superman and characters
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Perez fills the book with a lot of third person narration throughout.  Something that while refreshing really seems to slow down the pace of the book.  As it turns out the narration is really a news story that was written by Clark Kent, but even that didn't save it from come across as, well, just boring.

All we get from Perez is nothing more then a summary of what is happening in each panel, something that the reader themselves can figure out just by looking at the pictures.  Which brings us to the pictures.  The artwork here by Merino is pretty solid and easy on the eyes.

Merino gives the reader what you would expect from a Superman book. And besides the new costume the way he is drawn and the action carried out its exactly what you would picture a Superman fight looking like.

Superman and characters
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Superman and characters
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This first outing from the creative team was a rather disappointing one. The final scene though revels to us where Clark stands in this new universe.  Clark shows up at Lois's house and is rejected to see her with her lover.  As he walks away he uses his super hearing to hear Lois tell her lover that Clark is just a strange loner and then hop back into her bed as Clark walks away slowly dejectedly. Its a great scene.  A sad scene when it dawns on the readers that Superman despite being the great champion of Metropolis is really just a loner here.

The overall book comes across as just ho-hum though.  Most of this blame lies on the shoulders of Perez who made the ultimate decision to really hinder Merino's style by placing so much dialogue throughout that really took away from his art.


Superman and characters
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Its sort of ironic that after the numerous appearance the character has done throughout the month the one comic he appeared in that was less the stellar would be his own.  I'm sure the team well improve over time, but for now it stands as a disappointing read.

GRADE OF NEW TITLE: The artwork in the book was good, but the excessive dialogue really ruined the book for me.  Its not so much that there was a lot of dialogue its just that that dialogue was boring as hell.  The book unfortunately only gets a C from me.

WILL IT SUCCEED: Superman is probably the most recognizable comic book character in the world.  Because of that regardless of the quality of the book its going to sell.  I think that the book should do just fine. 

SHOULD IT SUCCEED: This book was really just boring because of the excessive dialogue in the book. I don't think this is going to be the norm from this team and as such I think the book has the potential to pick up and become a better book.  Superman is DC's main guy and his title book should succeed. 

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