With so many DC titles on the new bi-weekly schedule, it seems like it’s been forever since the first issue of Superwoman and boy was THAT an issue. Packed with a slew of twists, the series introduction has left readers waiting on the edge of their seats for weeks. We finally get our hands on #2–is it good?
Superwoman #2 (DC Comics)
Similar to the first issue, there’s a whole lot of story packed into a regular sized issue. While this does lead to a somewhat overwhelming plot and busy page layout, that’s a good problem to have, especially when some of the other Rebirth series have put out some rather empty-feeling issues (I’m looking at you Tom King, you’re better than that). This issue addresses a lot of plotlines including Lois’ apparent death, the fallout from Luthor’s failure, and the introduction of some familiar faces, both good and bad. The first one up? Lana’s own boyfriend, John Henry Irons.
I was very excited to see Steel makes his first appearance early on in this issue (which was only a matter of time considering Lana is the main character). He’s definitely one of the more underrated DC characters, but it seems as though he’ll be playing a large role in this series. This issue also featured a closer look at the current evil threatening Metropolis, taking the form of Kryptonite Man, yet another Bizarro-esque Superwoman (Bizarra?), and, the face behind it all, Lena Luthor! Lena, who is shown in a wheelchair and accompanied with a mother box, appears to not only be exacting revenge against her brother, but assuming control of her family’s corporation at the same time.
This is a pretty major villain to open the first story arc with and secures “SuperLex” as a main reoccurring character for the foreseeable future. While not a part of the main villain team behind Lex’s catastrophe, this issue also featured a cameo by Atomic Skull. It’s clear from only the first two issues that the creative team isn’t afraid to utilize the cast of Superman characters and that’s certainly an encouraging sign; most B-list superhero series depend on the obscure and forgotten characters, but it seems as though Superwoman is securely rooted in the heart of the DCU.
Unfortunately, this comic isn’t the best aesthetically speaking. As previously mentioned, it’s very text-heavy which is great for the story, but the panel organization subsequently suffers. The amount of text bubbles makes the page look chaotic and jumbled and distracts from the story itself. With so much going on, the panels can get pretty small and while Jimenez’ art is good, this certainly exposes some weaknesses.
Is It Good?
Superwoman continues to be one of the most intriguing and well written comics of the Rebirth series and the quality of plot development shows the difference between a once a month series and a bi-weekly series. The art struggled at moments, but can be forgiven for the numerous character cameos and intriguing storyline.