The Superman legacy is eighty-one years old and has sprung countless films, comics, TV shows, and cartoons. Superman has long reigned supreme on the top of the Mount Rushmore of comic glory, but why? Comic writer Frank Miller (Dark Knight Returns) and artist John Romita Jr (Kickass) explore why we’re all still gaga for the man with a blanket for a cape. Superman: Year One #2 continues the coming-of-age story of how an incredible boy grew into such an iconic, super, man.
Issue #2 is a thrillingly good read despite some small flaws not worth mentioning. Whereas the first issue retold us the classic tale of how Supes came to Earth for the twenty millionth time, it also gave us baby Kal-El’s perspective during the demise of Krypton, early character development, and his life at Smallville High. The second part sees Clark fulfill what his father had been preaching to him since he was a small child: Go out and know his planet. Clark joins the Navy and continues in his quest to see the world and learn why he has been gifted with his unique abilities and strength. Along the way, he also starts a budding romance with a mermaid princess and fights a giant sea creature.
The second issue does an excellent job of showcasing Clark’s life outside of his farm life back in Smallville. He breezes through most of his basic training obstacles and you can even tell he’s having a bit of fun during combat sessions outwitting his fellow classmates. He even finds time to visit the sea of Atlantis and charms a mermaid named Lori. Two books in and Clark’s already quite the charismatic ladies man.
Frank Miller approaches Superman’s story as only he can. With his keen sense of finesse, detailed captions and witty dialogue, he crafts a storybook tale that has sort of a Forrest Gump feel to it. If you’re familiar with the mythos that is Superman (which is most of us), it’s interesting to watch him try to fit in as a regular human being. Miller sending Clark to the Navy was a nice touch. This helps push the perspective on his father’s words of always watching his temper and remembering that humans break easily.
It goes without saying that Romita is a masterful artist. There’s just something about Romita’s line work that makes you think he could take a panel with just a soap dish in it and make it look mesmerizing. One of the best things his work brings to Supes’ story is his facial expressions in his character designs and polished backgrounds. Romita does a fantastic job of balancing the art with Miller’s dialogue, giving it the extra emphasis necessary to get each point across.
It’s great seeing Miller and Romita team up again, as their work is always impressive. This issue is decent enough to continue reading the series to see what they have in store for us next. Whether you’re a fan of Miller or Romita, this book is definitely worth checking out. Make sure to support your local comic shop and snag a copy today.