Mild Mannered Reviews – Superman: Lois and Clark #8
Released Digitally: May 25, 2016
Cover date: July 2016
“Arrival” – Part 8
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Lee Weeks & Stephen Segovia
Inker: Scott Hanna, Art Thibert, & Jay Leisten
Cover: Lee Weeks and Brad Anderson
Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)
A full score couldn’t be given for this final issue, much as it was enjoyed, since the utter abandonment of subplots is too blatant to ignore. Superman’s return to full-time status means his days of shadow work are done, and things and people, including Hank Henshaw and the Oblivion Stone, will be placed on the wait list… if ever to be seen again. One has to wonder what was in store for Superman in regards to these plot points. The curious loss of power, and trite and hackneyed device, will probably not be explained, either, making even moreso a bromidic conveyance, that was altogether unnecessary. Farewell to the shadow work suit as well, as it’s time to put away childish things, like an outfit that identifies a man who wishes to remain unseen. There was much that weighed down Superman: Lois and Clark to the point it fell out of the Top 100 comics in March, and held up the rest of the best at 100, for the month of April. Much like the all too brief Adventures of Superman, many potential readers didn’t know the books existed. Those who did, we’re skeptical to who or what this Superman was, and no amount of explaining could quell the confusion. More is the pity, as Superman: Lois and Clark delivered quality story telling issue after issue, and provided characterization woefully absent from today’s comics, primarily in the form of Jon White, the Son of Superman.
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