Since issue #1, this series has hinted at the time Cave Carson saved Superman. Everyone is skeptical, but given the cover methinks we’re in for a Superman tale! We delve into this action packed superhero team up, but is it good?
Writer: Gerard Way and Jonathan Rivera
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Publisher: DC Comics
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…Superman?! After a gnarly battle between Team Carson and the Whisperer and his cult, Cave finds a quiet moment to reminisce about his long-ago adventures with the Big Red S. But are these just fond memories, or is there a deeper mystery afoot?
Why does this book matter?
Gerard Way and Jonathan Rivera have cooked up a solid science fiction story that delves into the deepest and darkest places under the earth. Rivera has been writing the scripts, which tend to allow artist Michael Avon Oeming to go batshit crazy with the visuals. So far, this book has felt incredibly unique while delivering a tale about family and Cave trying to hold it all together.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
If you bought this digitally, I highly recommend reading this in full page mode, because Michael Avon Oeming’s art is most glorious in this format. That’s in part because the backgrounds allow the panels to pop right off the page (see below) and also because his wild psychedelic layouts get extra trippy this issue. Superman looks like an aberration in comparison to the funky crystal monster the characters fight and when things get very trippy Supes serves as a sense of clarity due to his clean look. Ben-day dots are used quite a bit in this issue, to push the action up front when they’re in the background, but also to frame the panels. It’s a retro look that suits the material.
He’s all tied up.
The material in this issue is quite fun too. Opening in a flashback when Cave and his family were a team–and his wife was still alive–the book is written in a Golden Age sort of way. The characters speak a little unnaturally–like characters talking out loud to themselves–and it’s a bit over the top. Later we find out why that is so don’t fret; the style hasn’t changed dramatically, but it’s a nice way to harken back to an older time in comics. The story itself is wicked and there’s a purpose to Cave saving Superman. The reason for the flashback becomes clear about midway through the book and ties well into where we left off. There’s a nice bookend feeling to this issue too, with the opening being very positive and the end not so much. Needless to say the ending leaves you on a cliffhanger that’ll be wild to pick back up on next issue.
That Lemure is nuts!
It can’t be perfect can it?
Possibly one of the strongest issues in the series so far, it’s hard to find fault with it. There’s a trope that’s used we’ve seen a thousand times before, but it feels earned due to the setup of Cave always waxing poetic about the time he saved Superman.
Is It Good?
This is an excellent issue not to be missed by fans of Superman and Cave alike. The story progresses, the characters are developed and the art is on point. The most visually innovative comic on the stands.