Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman #37

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Superman #37

Scheduled to arrive in stores: December 20, 2017

Cover date: February 2018

“Super Sons of Tomorrow” – Part 2: “Dark of the Son”

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Cover: Ivan Reis, Julio Ferreira & Marcelo Maiolo
Variant Cover: Jonboy Meyers

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Superman #37

Tim Drake is back. He has returned from Hypertime but considering his recent battles with Batwoman, Bruce is suspicious and a brutal, visceral fight crashes through the Manor. Tim resorts to extreme measures to best his former mentor but defeating Bruce is not the reason he has returned.

Superman is repairing the recent damage to the Fortress as ‘Batman’ attacks but Superman is not fooled by the intruder. However this Tim Drake has many other tricks up his sleeve and reveals the Superman of his world taught him Kryptonian and how to activate the Fortress Battlesuit. A fight ensues but remarkably the victor is not who you’d think.

What could Tim Drake’s mission to save the future be? What does it mean for Jon Kent? Could it be related to the Oz Effect?

To Be Continued in Super Sons #11…

5Story – 5: There is little story this issue but that is fine because this issue wasn’t meant to be laden with unnecessary backstory. In fact if it didn’t just jump right into the action I don’t think it would be as powerful. As it stands this was reminiscent of the early Superman/Batman issues.

Conner was name dropped here… could Hypertime reveal more to the mystery?

It also allows for Part 2 to expand upon the action.

5Art – 5: This issue was all about the visuals. Every panel on every page looked amazing and that was purely down to the fact Jimenez was able to really go to town with the issue. The scenes in Wayne Manor were breathtaking. I’m always surprised by how much of a beating Bruce can take.

3Cover Art – 3: This cover really missed the mark for me, mainly because we’ve been inundated by Jon’s struggles on the Super book covers for a while now. I’m just a bit bored of seeing it. The art is great, it’s the depiction I’m irked by.

5Variant Cover Art – 5: The Tim Drake variant is superb. Batman looks deadly, and rightly so considering his mission! The color palette really adds to its dark theme. Brilliant.

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December 21, 2017 8:02 pm

I’m sick of having stories that don’t end in the same collection. I AM NOT GOING TO BUY SUPERSONS. Not because I don’t like it (I have never bought it so I don’t if it is a good comic). I Won’t because DC forces me to buy something I never wanted to buy.

Kal L
Kal L
December 21, 2017 9:43 pm
Reply to  kal-bert

Dude Super Sons is an amazing comic. Pick up the trades if you can. It has a lot of heart and wonderful storytelling. Also Jorge Jimenez is spectacular.

If you dont want to buy the book, then at least check out the Super Sons #11 review by Keith Samra.

December 22, 2017 3:14 pm
Reply to  Kal L

I won’t argue with you as I don’t know if Super Sons is a good comic (edit: I don’t know if it is good NOWADAYS). What I mean is that stories shouldn’t take place between different collections unless it is a macro event like Crysis on Infinite Earths or Zero Hour. One thing is to have a story between Action Comics and Superman, or between Detective Comics and Batman as they’re different sides of the same comic. Forcing the readers to a series they might not like if they want to continue the story is a miserable strategy to increase… Read more »

Kal L
Kal L
December 22, 2017 9:33 pm
Reply to  kal-bert

I hear where you are coming from man, especially how pricey it can get. However, this is an opportunity as to how DC can drum up more sale, by having inter-title crossovers. It brings a new audience to a book that may not necessarily read said title. Also its a way of telling the story faster, as this way this 5 issue crossover can be done within the month, as opposed to 5 months (or 2 1/2, with the bi weekly titles). Kind of like the DC/CW shows. I dont watch Supergirl, but I will watch the episode that it… Read more »