Review: Superman #32 From Geoff Johns And John Romita Jr.

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“THE MAN OF TOMORROW” chapter 1! A NEW ERA for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!

superman coverToday sees the release of the much-discussed Superman #32 from the new creative team of Geoff Johns and artist John Romita Jr. in his first gig for DC Comics. A new era begins with Johns and Romita along with inker Klaus Janson, colorist Laura Martin, and letterer Sal Cipriano. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the new creative team’s first issue, but does it live up to all the press?

A baby’s parents have to make a tough decision. Their world is crumbling around them and there is no hope of survival. There is one chance for the baby, but he must be shot off to another planet the parent’s know little to nothing about. No, this isn’t the origin story of Superman told yet again. This happened 25 years ago at the Ulysses Research Center. In a scene reminiscent of Superman’s origins, Johns begins to set up his story. Clark is alone in the world and it is partly his own choice. When Perry White offers Clark his old job, our hero starts to question some of his decisions. Things get a lot more complicated when a super powerful being shows up on the scene who is astonished to discover he isn’t the last son of Earth. Who is this strange being calling himself Ulysses? What dark force is behind the recent string of robo-attacks and our new hero’s emergence?

Johns writes a fantastic issue. This is a new direction for the Superman title in every sense of the word. It doesn’t undo anything that comes before, but it serves as a kind-of-reboot for the title nonetheless. Johns takes things back to basics in a sense with his classic Perry/Jimmy Olsen banter and the inclusion of a big battle involving Titano. This is the New 52 Superman, but it feels timeless with a big dose of classic Superman that just gives the series a much needed boost of energy. The story feels familiar, but Johns is injecting some hints and clues for some slower burn elements that will have readers sticking around for a good while. JRJR does an excellent job, with the help of Janson as well. Romita is a divisive artist, but the artist goes big and bold with his first work for DC. The use of wide panels and full page spreads are used sparingly, but to fantastic effect. Romita adds his own boost of energy to Johns script and mixes iconic imagery with some updated takes on things like Superman’s suit. Martin’s colors set the tone in the first few pages with the origin homage scene with some reds and blues that light the hectic research center scene.

Bottom Line: Superman #32 kicks the new direction for Superman and his all-star creative team off in style. The main title for the Man of Steel has been a rollercoaster ride in the New 52, but this is the much needed super kick in the pants that was needed. 4.5/5

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