Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman #32

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Superman #32

Scheduled to arrive in stores: October 4, 2017

Cover date: December 2017

“Breaking Point” – Part 2

Writer: James Bonny
Artist: Tyler Kirkham
Cover: Ian Churchill
Variant Cover: Jonboy Meyers

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Superman #32

Lois Lane is about to die.

After a damaging expose on Deathstroke by Lois Lane, the ace reporter is number one on his hit list. Lois is suspicious as Slade was cooperative during their interview, and they seemed to share a mutual respect for each other.

Superman however steps in once more and saves the day much to Lois’ annoyance but things aren’t what they seem as Slade quickly loses interest in Lois and takes Superman on in combat.

As the attacks heat up, Deathstroke reveals to Superman that he knows the Man of Steel loves Lois and the contract was a ruse. This shocks and perplexes the Kents as they wonder who could possibly have been behind the attack and why?

5Story – 5: This was an emotionally exhausting issue, perhaps the most emotionally taxing Superman storyline this year.

This is one of those stories thrown around in conventions and comic book stores on a regular basis. It is not, however, a story that ever comes to fruition and then in a change to listings this storyline appeared out of the blue.

James Bonny has taken some big risks especially amidst stories such as “Oz Effect” and “Doomsday Clock”. He has made Lois a focal point and pushed Superman beyond his comfort zone, along with the reader – something many writers especially during the New 52 misstep, struggled with. The twist at the end knocked me for six. I didn’t expect the mastermind to be who it was. Never in a million years, yet it makes perfect sense.

5Art – 5: The action translates superbly to the art and each page seems to increase the threat.

I’m not usually a fan of Superman issues that are just one prolonged fight scene, so to have the narrative that Clark would have to make a decision that would change the character forever, emotionally was a breath of fresh air. I honestly didn’t know where Kirkham and Bonny would go with this page after page.

4Cover Art – 4: I love the style. I love the palette. The composition is off for me and that is disappointing as the interior is a home run.

I think I would have preferred a fight on the cover.

I can’t tell what Superman is in the process of doing. Who is he chasing after while Deathstroke is waiting for him?
5Variant Cover Art – 5: Really like this cover.

It may not be as iconic as last issue’s cover by Meyers but it definitely translates the action inside perfectly. Very powerful and has more impact, in my opinion, than the main cover.

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Steve Eden
Steve Eden
October 5, 2017 12:47 pm

Pretty much agree about the covers, but I want to add this… ENOUGH WITH THE RED EYES!!! That is the most overused gimmick by the artists. When it was a new idea, it was actually kinda (ironically) cool… for awhile. But now, it’s just seems trite.

Okay. I imagine that my opinion at best stands in the minority and at worst is simply inane, but it IS something that just annoys the dickens out of me. Please pardon my rant into free speech.

Kal L
Kal L
October 5, 2017 7:25 pm

Loved this 2 issue arc! Really love that the reach the wider DCU in all the books. So glad that DC is taking continuity serious again. Wwell done!

October 10, 2017 7:40 pm

Good issue, but it brings up the ol’ Superman-no-kill-rule I don’t appreciate.