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Superman/Wonder Woman #29

Superman/Wonder Woman #29

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 18, 2016

Cover date: July 2016

"The Final Days of Superman" - Part VII: "Fire Line"

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Jorge Jimenez
Inker: Jorge Jimenez
Cover: Karl Kerschl

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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The Trinity are face to face with the Solar Flare Superman, who is under the impression he is being invited to join the Justice League.

When this proves false he reveals he has brought Lois with him to Salinas, hoping she would tell his story. Lois however sides with Clark and the angry doppelgänger tries to kill her with a blast of energy. Clark and Diana fend of energy blasts and Clark instructs Bruce to get Lois far away while they try to stop the doppelgänger's violent outbursts.

At that moment in Colorado, Clark, Lois & Jon White arrive at a base Clark has forged in this new world, a Fortress for them to seek refuge in. An excited Jon explores his heritage while Lois berates Clark for hiding the existence of this hideaway from her. Clark offers to rectify this mistake by revealing all to Jon about his past.

Back in Salinas, California, Batman drops Lois off at a gas station in the middle of nowhere before soaring away in the Batplane. As an angry deserted Lois watches on, she calls in a private helicopter to take her back to the action, whether the Trinity want her there or not.

Superman & Wonder Woman uproot trees to use as giant baseball bats and pummel the doppelgänger hoping for him to revert to Denny Swan once and for all. It doesn't work and the doppelgänger uses a solar flare to knock out Wonder Woman and then a severely weakened Clark is forced skyward by his throat.

Supergirl, in the National City DEO base, is now at half power, but just as Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers are about to restore her to full power, news of the battle Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman are waging with the doppelgänger reaches them. Kara, despite being weak, races to help her cousin.

Meanwhile, the doppelgänger still soaring through the skies, tightens his grip on Clark's throat swearing to finally be recognized as the one true Superman.

To Be Concluded in Superman #52!

3Story - 3: This issue sacrificed story for fight scenes. That in itself is not a bad thing at all... I just think this story needs more than the sum of eight parts, I want more of it fleshed out.

To be nitpicky, this being a Clark and Diana centric book, I had hoped for a Clark & Diana centric chapter. Also this far in we still know so little about the doppelgänger.

The two short scenes with Clark White and Kara keep their stories ticking along with a little fleshing out to neatly set up the future for both these compelling 'rebirths', but while necessary they felt a little like a distraction.

But despite my whining, I must point out Tomasi knows exactly how to write a good Superman book. I cannot wait for Superman #52, you just know it is going to be as epic as they promise it will be.

5Art - 5: During the final issues of New 52 Superboy and then later in Earth 2 Jorge Jimenez thrilled me with his frenetic, powerful style that was half almost cartoon-like in style and half pure explosive energy. This issue needed the action amped up despite Batman's request to 'dial it down'. I must say as we near the end, it was a welcome breathtaking game changer.

3Cover Art - 3: Not sure what is going on in this cover, perhaps foretelling the next chapter from a female perspective? To what end?

It's a great rendition of Kara and Diana, but as with the story inside, I think I would have liked to have seen Clark and Diana facing danger together.

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