Scheduled to arrive in stores: June 16, 2020
Cover date: August 2020
“The Truth” – Finale
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller: Kevin Maguire
Inker: Kevin Maguire
Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado & Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover: Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair
Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel
An angry Superman soars into space to intercept Warworld and the new Mongul from destroying Earth. Remembering how Kara was able to change the path of Rogol Zaar’s axe, Superman uses a similar technique to force Warworld from its collision course with Earth.
With all his might Superman is able to crash Mongul’s vessel into Venus where the two go toe to toe in combat. Almost pushed to his limit Clark is able to beat Mongul and with revenge on his mind Superman sentences his foe to a fate worse than death.
Later with the help of the Justice League, Superman is able to round up the surviving United Planet founders and gives them a promise that Mongul and his ilk will never break them.
On Earth, Lois is reeling from the the paparazzi ambush, the announcement Superman is ‘King of Earth’ and FBI Cameron Chase forcing her way into Lois’ room.
Chase is in fact there to speak to both Lois & Clark. She reveals the United Nations has agreed to honour the new title for Superman, albeit it as ‘Sanctioned Intergalactic Representational Authority’ on the condition Superman tows the line from now on and makes no mistakes – unaware of his vicious decision with Mongul.
In the late hours Clark returns home and exhausted, he and his wife finally fall into a well deserved sleep.
Story – 2: I have several issues with this finale. Since when does the United Nations send a single FBI agent to issue a statement of intergalactic importance? No debates, no discussion, no public address…
Mongul Jr is a buffoon, especially in comparison to all the shenanigans Rogol Zaar spent two years of comics inflicting on Superman and Earth. Rogol Zaar languishes in a prison cell on Thanagar but Superman decides Mongul should be issued a death sentence after 3 issues…
The only mercy is this storyline is over. A LOT is still unresolved but as that heavy-handed ultimatum from Chase illustrates, there will be consequences.
I can’t decide whether that final scene discussing Jon was deliberately written to mock fans of Tomasi and Gleason or was it another heavy handed foreshadowing?
Art – 5: Maguire gives his all to make something of what must have been a difficult script to illustrate. I love the intricate work of Clark’s royal barb, the fight scenes and slow motion expressions. A highlight of an otherwise unremarkable finale.
Cover Art – 3: Fairly generic cover this issue and given how poorly Mongul’s ‘return’ has been handled it was fairly uninspiring. I can’t fault the art but the concept felt a little tired.
Variant Cover Art – 3: With all the interplanetary storylines Superman has been going through, its nice to see Superman going back to his roots as he is here. Hitch gives us a cover that makes you really feel in the core of your being – This. Is. Superman!
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