Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #3

Superman '78: The Metal Curtain #3

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Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #3

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 2, 2024
Cover date: March 2024

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Gavin Guidry
Cover: Gavin Guidry and Jordie Bellaire
Variant Covers: Tom Reilly, Danny Earls and Nick Filardi

Reviewed by: Marc Lax

“New Worlds” – Part Three

Superman is rescued after his fight with Metallo last issue. After having some bad dreams he wakes up on a navy destroyer where he comes face to face with General Sam Lane. After an intense conversation Superman flies back to the Fortress where he finds a sleeping Lois. When she wakes he tells her he met her father! Somwhere in the USSR Metallo gets chastised for engaging with Superman. Back at the Daily Planet a weakened Clark Kent is still having visions of his fight with Metallo and his kryptonite heart. At a meeting with Perry, Lois tells him she has a source that told her about a flying man in an armored suit. Perry assumes her source is Superman. But it’s not. Meanwhile someone steals a copy of the Daily Planet from a news vendor. It’s none other than Lex Luthor who is very angry at the Russians.

4Story – 4: This title continues to be very intriguing with spot on characterization. Lois wearing that Kryptonian night gown was quite fetching especially in Clark’s eyes. It seeme the exposure to the Kryptonite heart is having repercussions on Clark. Are his powers weakening? I always love the scenes at the Daily Planet with Perry. It reminds me how good Jackie Cooper was as Perry. And of course we finally get our full appearance of Lex. We know it’s going to be fun once he gets involved. All in all an entertaining issue.

4Art – 4: Guidry’s characterizations are excellent. Again resembling the actors somewhat but also making them his own. His pencils truly relay the action but his scenes at the Daily Planet are the best. A very Bronze Age feel. Keep up the good work Mr Guidry!

3Cover Art – 3: Nothing much to see here. Just an unconscious Superman being pinned down by Metallo. Not a bad drawing just dull.

3Variant Cover Art – 3: A very busy cover. Earls and Filardi give us a flashy, swift drawing of Superman taking off reflected in a puddle. It’s colorful but just a bit CLEAR=”all”>

5Variant Cover Art – 5: This image of a boy seeing Superman through the window of a plane is classic. Right down to the kid holding a copy of Superman #1. A lot of fun.

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