Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman #3

Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman #3

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Superman #3

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 20, 2016

Cover date: September 2016

“Son of Superman” – Part 3

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Penciller: Jorge Jimenez
Inker: Jorge Jimenez
Cover: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray & John Kalisz
Variant Cover: Kenneth Rocafort

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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The Mountain Fortress is good, but the fallen Superman’s Fortress is far more advanced and so Lois & Clark Smith have brought along their unconscious son Jonathan to discover why his powers are fluctuating. Upon arrival they find the Eradicator facing off against Krypto. Superman is shocked to see a new Kryptonian tech being looking like a twin from his Earth. Clark and the Eradicator fight refusing to listen to each other’s dangerous reflection. In the meantime, during the heat of the battle, Jon wakes up and is desperate to help his father fight this menace but as they get more and more aggressive they bring down chunks of sunstone.

The Eradicator catches the largest chunk of the crystal and looms over Lois and Jon with Clark watching in amazement as his ‘foe’ tosses the sunstone aside and helps his family to safety. Lois, Jon and Clark are all uneasy as they run scans. The Fortress computers reveal that Jon’s body is struggling to adapt to being half human, half alien but offer no solution. Clark turns his attention to Eradicator and questions why they look similar and both sport the El crest. He reveals he assimilated Clark’s belongings to create a human form. He reveals he was one of many Eradicator mechanoid soldiers that were built on Krypton to follow General Zod’s will to arrest all Kryptonian lawbreakers by transferring their life-force to the Phantom Zone while their bodies were placed in cryonic stasis.

During a mission they were sent off planet but Krypton exploded leaving the army of Eradicators lost and alone.

One unit, the one standing before Clark, saw Kal-El’s ship escape and their final protocol, find the survivor, was activated and it attempted to follow, albeit slowly.

The drop of blood from Jon attracted the Eradicator and he followed them to preserve the Kryptonian genome. Jon is ‘tainted’ and therefore would not be able to preserve the legacy of Krypton.

The Eradicator offers to purge the human DNA to make Jon fully Kryptonian and states he must first ingest Jon to cure him. With Clark forced back by the vacuum, Krypto leaps to defend his family and is ingested in the process. Clark is enraged and beats Eradicator to a pulp while a devastated Jon seeing the death of yet another animal picks up Krypto’s cape and his eyes begin to burn with energy.

To Be Continued…

3Story – 3: I feel let down. They killed Krypto! Why? There wasn’t a reason.

At least with Goldie it was a life lesson and led to a stronger bond between father and son but to kill Krypto? NOPE. NO. This WAS for shock value. I defended the last death but this is not cool. I would slam this issue with a 1/5 just for this but the rest of the issue was actually pretty good. I am deeply conflicted by this event but I still have to review the rest of the issue.

The (re)introduction of The Eradicator is a welcome one, even though he seemingly had gained Arnold Vosloo’s vacuum mouth from ‘The Mummy’ movies. It was silly in the movies and looks comical here, I think I preferred classic Eradicator abilities. Overall it was a necessary chapter but I felt Lois was ‘tacked on’ for no reason, she wouldn’t just shudder and worry. She’s a woman of action and words, I am surprised that however ineffective she might have been against the Eradicator, that she didn’t at least try to fight him.

I did like the interaction between all the characters, it all felt natural.

I had no issue with the new Eradicator origin, this is an entirely new unit so the New 52 Eradicator that is still out there, can still exist with no conflict of continuity.

Tying him to Zod makes sense but Zod as a character is growing tiresome, I hope if he reemerges that they will give him a fresh spin. That said, there are other Kryptonians out there they could draw from, it is a bit of a yawn that they always use Zod. Does this mean that a Christopher Kent/Lor Zod might come into the picture?

The ‘fixing’ of Jon’s genome by killing off his genetic link to Lois sort of makes sense but I’m not sure I actually like they way it is being handled. I’d rather he was biologically still Lois and Clark’s son rather than made of only Clark. A fluctuating invulnerability actually makes for a unique twist to Jon but I guess that isn’t happening.

I will just add #BringBackKrypto here. Just because the event needs a hashtag.

5Art – 5: I love the art of Jorge Jimenez. I have always thought the unique style keeps the art fresh and powerful.

It is a pleasure to see his art gracing the pages of Superman and I can honestly say it is the best part of the issue. some of the splashes are just fantastic and the coloring just adds to it further.

2Cover Art – 2: Sorry guys, I’m not feeling it.

Nothing redeeming with this one, it just looks like a sketch and one that somehow got to the printing presses without being fully realized.

I feel disappointed in the cover, it just feels half hearted.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: The anatomy fluctuation continues and Superman seems to have beefed up again while Jon seemingly has developed a gangly appearance.

Overall however its just brilliant to see Clark and Jon proudly emblazoned on the cover with neither looking miserable, both ready for action.

Never thought I’d see the day that the Superfamily would be embraced by DC Comics and fans alike, but here we are!

Am I the only one that wants Jon’s jacket?

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MattComics
Member

“They killed Krypto! Why?”

Because we still have the same brain-trust in power that doubled down on grimdark to begin with? As for “fixing” John kinda needlessly compromises a concept for a character where part of the inherent appeal is that he is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

lemarjones
Member

BINGO!!!!
I’m kinda shaky with the entire set-up. In 10 years, Jon has never needed a Band-Aid? Really?!

I also thought the New-52 Krypto looked more like a wolf with jack rabbit ears than a family pet. I’m trying to stay positive here, but if Kon-El could be half human, why not Jon? Seems unnecessary outside of advancing plot…which means a different plot should have been written.

Supreme
Member

but if Kon-El could be half human, why not Jon?

I believe they are trying to keep the n52 continuity in tact. Keep in mind that despite ReBirth, this DCU is STILL the n52. Remember that Kon is a clone of the future son of Lois and Clark. The narrative was that Jon Kent was dying from his mixed DNA, so the Villain Harvest “fixed” him somehow with futuristic tech. Furthermore, Kon had a 3rd set of DNA mixed in, making him 2parts human, 1part Kryptonian, giving his body more stability.

lemarjones
Member

I’m talking writing and creativity here. And to be specific, Conner Kent, pre-Flashpoint Superboy. It worked then, it can work again. The convoluted mess as you described it…let’s pretend it never happened. lol

Supreme
Member

LoL. Tu che’

Supreme
Member
I’m actually glad they are using Zod so much, even just in references. Remember that the pre52 DCU would always tip toe around Zod for some reason. Like they weren’t allowed to use a “real” Zod without Donner’s permission. Coincidently, Donner Co-wrote Last Son, which is the only post-crisis CANON version of Zod. So was Erad built BY Zod? Or built to follow him? If they are giving Zod a genius scientific mind, then yes that’s overkill. LoL I have faith that Krypto will be back once Erad is defeated. Remember the Cell saga in DBZ? Everyone he “absorbed” was… Read more »
liheibao
Member

Jon was doing his best Akira impersonation on the last page.

It started with the cat, which some explained away, and now Krypto. Tomasi, and too many others, write grief stricken characters, where trauma is the basis for motivation. Jon will be going into action not because he was motivated by compassion or empathy, but death and destruction. If it didn’t bother a reader with the cat, I’m not sure one can feel differently about Krypto without it being hypocritical.

Adam Dechanel
Member

Agreed up to your point with being affected by the cat less than the dog but only because Goldie existed for only four pages, I have more of a bond and attachment to Krypto.

Jeremiahboor
Member
I could be wrong here, but I don’t think they killed Krypto. If I remember right, the Eradicators would inhale a soul, then deposit into the Phantom Zone for a later trail. So being sucked into an Eradicator did not mean death. Jon is clearly mad, he’s going to go off on the Eradicator and retrieve Krypto. This will alleviate, at least some, of Jon’s guilt about being responsible for two of their pets deaths, and create a bond between him and Krypto. From here on out, Krypto will probably appear regularly as the “Smith’s”–specifically Jon’s–dog, just like Krypto was… Read more »
Supreme
Member

So is it Clark White, or Smith?

Adam Dechanel
Member

They are the Smiths now.

Sabaoth
Member

This review is wrong! They didn’t kill Krypto. I missed the panel where Krypto was declared dead. It is pretty obvious he is the Phantom Zone and will likely be retrieved in the next couple of issues. Krypto is listed as a supporting character in the solicits for the upcoming Superman #8. That’s been known for a while.

Adam Dechanel
Member

If it is wrong then I’ll be happy. To teleport a soul to the Phantom Zone the Eradicator’s place the body in statis and take the life force away…

Eradicator swallowed Krypto’s body AND soul…

Spoilers of future issues aside Sabaoth (I deal with the story issue by issue not by future solicits). As far as the storyline this issue alone. It features his death.

doomsday745
Member

It didn’t bother me that much since I strongly believe he’s not dead. If heroes come back to life, why not pets? :)

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