Superman, Lex, Lois, and Jon are all trapped on Apokolips, which I might remind you is a dangerous place. It’s certainly no place for a boy and a human with no powers! Lex has convinced these people Superman is their new ruler, but no way does Superman want to be king of these bastards.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“LAST WISH”! Surrounded by his family, Superman has much to be thankful for, but not everyone is as fortunate. See the Man of Steel grant the wishes of some sick children for the holidays.
Why does this matter?
This is good adventure comics and it screams Jack Kirby due to its location and the characters being used from Apokolips. Plus, it manages to mix these characters up in their own conflicts which is a satisfying way to show they’re all great for different reasons.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
What a full page spread to open the book.
Last issue, Superman got the short end of the stick with little to no attention given to his part in this story. Not so here, as he opens the book and gets to save Lex’s life (and then have Lex ride him!) and figure out what is going on. The plot thickens quite a bit for those like Granny Goodness as a war erupts and a terrible plan pushes forward to destroy Apokolips from the inside. All the while, Superman attempts to stop the madness, which if you think about it makes him a good leader for these people. Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see who ends up in that position.
Lois and Jon get involved in this issue too, again showing the writing team is doing a great job managing each of the plots. Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi are pulling each of the threads together in this issue and Jon gets the most to do. It’s always fun to see young heroes who are pretty green doing the heroic thing, and he gets to show off his courage in this issue. Dare I say Jon is being groomed to be the leader of Apokolips?
Travis Moore, Stephen Segovia, and Art Thibert share art duties, but you wouldn’t know three people worked on this issue, as the art is cohesive and never changes in a jarring way. The high flying sequence with Lex on Superman’s back is a highlight of the issue because it’s easy to follow and exciting. The layouts, in general, are quite solid and there’s a cinematic quality that makes the visuals work well.
Anyone else find this awkward?
It can’t be perfect can it?
Jon showing his courage is good, but the ease with which he takes out trained guards is a bit underwhelming. First off, he’s a kid, and while he does have powers it’s so easy for him to beat these guys it’s a joke! It’s also not the most exciting of scenes because of the brevity of the action.
Is It Good?
Aside from a quick action scene for Jon, much of this issue is a winner. The plot is building nicely and the art is on point.