All of the current Superman comics have been playing with nostalgia. With the Clark Kent from old continuity, it is a fun idea to toy with. Take some old villains and throw them in the new world, add some twists, and get Superman’s reaction. This has been the formula for the last few comics from both Action Comics and Superman.
Luckily the Superman title ends up on the better side of this, largely due to the creative team. Without giving too much away, this book focuses largely on Clark Kent, Lois, and John as a family unit. A lot of it is showing Jon how and when to use his new found powers. Add in Tomasi’s understanding of what Superman is and we have a great start to this series.
This issue starts out with Clark and Lois taking an unconscious Jon to the Fortress of Solitude, to learn more about his fluctuating powers. They seem to be coming and going, with no rhyme or reason. Making Jon have invulnerability one minute and getting knocked unconscious the next. When reaching the Fortress they run into a familiar foe, with some new ideas. Again forcing Superman to remember this is not his home, these people are different from what he remembers.
With the introduction of Eradicator into this world, we get his new origin story. Tomasi does an excellent job here, showing us just enough to understand that this Eradicator is different from what we might have thought. All of this leads up to a moment that was pretty heartbreaking and changed the views on Eradicator in the book once again.
I can’t say it enough about Jimenez’s and Sanchez’s art here it is just down right gorgeous. You could open up this book looking only at the art and get the whole story. The layout and panels are simply on point, moving the story along at a perfect pace. Leaving us with a full page image for the teaser that is frame worthy.
9.5 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya Superman #3 Written by Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez Published by DC Release Date: July 20th, 2016