Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #4
Scheduled to arrive in stores: February 6, 2024
Cover date: April 2024
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Gavin Guidry
Cover: Gavin Guidry and Jordie Bellaire
Variant Covers: Steve Epting and Hayden Sherman
Reviewed by: Marc Lax
“New Worlds” – Part Three
Metallo crash lands in Metropolis looking for Superman. After Clark sees Metallo threatening him and the people of Metropolis the fight is on. It’s a big throw down between the two. Superman gets the advantage. Then Metallo gets the advantage. The people of Metropolis look on as the fight gets real. Lois, watching the action on TV, seems to think something isn’t right with Superman.
Suddenly Superman hears a voice in his ear. It’s Lex who tells him that Metallo is wearing his armor. He tells Superman of a fail safe he put into the armor. Superman finds the switch and Metallo’s suit powers down. Superman gets in one final punch. Metallo takes off. Lex says it’s time he and Superman have a chat. Superman agrees.
Story – 3: If we did half points, I would actually give this a 3.5. It’s an action packed issue with Superman doing what he does best, punching and smashing and giving his all to stop the villain and saving the citizens of Metropolis. But that’s pretty much all that happens. We get Lex into the mix, which is always fun, and Lois thinking there’s something going on with Superman… but that’s about it. It’s a fun issue to be sure and it’s leading to something big, but it almost feels like a placement issue. Not much character development just a big fight. I did expect a little more meat to this issue. But I think this just whetting our appetite for what’s to come. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but after four issues I expected a few more surprises.
Art – 4: Guidry’s characterization has remained spot on. The characters resemble the actors but in such a slight way that he makes them his own as well. His action scenes are exciting and it all has a clean look. Looking forward to what he has in store for the rest of the series.
Cover Art – 3: It’s a great portrait of Lex. My only problem is this far into the series I think we should get more of a glimpse into what we’re getting in the issue.
Variant Cover Art – 4: A very simple drawing of Superman flying through the city. It’s a great look of Bronze Age Metropolis.
Variant Cover Art – 5: Striking cover of all the major players in the first two Superman movies. Epting’s drawing seems to be coming off the page. Great!
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