Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman #39

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Superman #39

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 17, 2018

Cover date: March 2018

“Goodnight Moon”

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Artists: Barry Kitson & Scott Hanna
Cover: Chris Burnham & Nathan Fairbairn
Variant Cover: Jonboy Meyers

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Superman #39The villainous gang Demolition Team are causing havoc in Metropolis and cause problems for Superman as he tries to protect the city. Children in a nearby cancer ward area watching the action unfold, catch a glimpse of the Man of Steel as he apprehends the criminals. Superman sees the young spectators and once the criminals are taken away he makes a startling offer to the hospital.

The children are about to enjoy the trip of a lifetime and meet their heroes in the Justice League Watchtower! The heroes take time out of crime fighting to make their visit extra special setting them challenges and games, and as a final treat Superman takes the children to leave a souvenir on the surface of the moon so that they will be remembered forever.

5Story – 5: There are some Superman stories as a fan, that you’ll remember forever. They imprint on your memory or earn a place in your heart. This is one of those stories.

When people think of comics, or Superman, big fight scenes, saving the world from super villains, all the bizarre sound effects… but then a story like this arrives to remind you that Clark is more than his fists or laser eyes. A human heart drives the Man of Steel and this showed you exactly why he really is a super man. Tears welling up, short breath, it was a struggle to finish because it showed not just Superman, but the league at their most compassionate and pure of heart.

I can’t think of a reason not to love this issue… heartbreaking but heartwarming at the same time.

A classic Superman story.

5Art – 5: The softer, classic style of this issue worked in harmony with the story, at no point showboating or stealing the limelight. I thought it was exactly the right style to match the writing, much like Trinity this week there was a perfect balance achieved. Like the children, I wish it lasted a little longer.

5Cover Art – 5: The cover is a little mysterious but it does make a child the focal point, a clue to the stars of this issue. I really like the joy and innocence Burnham and Fairbairn convey in this emotional cover.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Meyers takes the joy of the other cover and takes it up a notch.

It is definitely part of the story and the fun is a definite aspect but the emotional core of the main cover and the interior story is less evident.

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