Mild Mannered Reviews – Superwoman #12

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Superwoman #12

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 12, 2017

Cover date: September 2017

“The Rediscovery” – Part Three

Writer: K. Perkins
Penciller: Stephen Segovia
Inker: Art Thibert
Cover: Ken Lashley
Variant Cover: Renato Guedes

Reviewed by: Glen J. Clark

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Superwoman #12A tragedy can take a toll on anyone, with Zeke still missing and Skyhook still at large can Lana Lang and John Henry Irons weather out the storm? Or will personal agendas tear them apart?

Lana is having some tests done on her new suit which allows her to still be Superwoman after losing her original natural powers. Meanwhile Atomic Skull is chasing down Shockwave in hopes of coercing the location of Crash Irons, Zeke’s father who has vowed to take down Skyhook. (Skyhook, a creature introduced in Superman Vol 2 #15 of the John Byrne run). Upon capturing Shockwave, Maggie Sawyer and Atomic Skull play a game of good cop/bad cop and he tells them where to find Crash, but also reminds them that Crash has a past of selling illegal exotic weapons, that was then and this is now. Crash want’s closure for his son Zeke, he vows he is coming for Skyhook tonight.

Back at Lana’s apartment John Henry Irons has his bags packed and informs Lana that he needs time to think. Lana tries to find out why and John says, “Zeke is my family not yours, it’s not your business to decide how we deal with his loss”. Meanwhile, Crash has found Skyhook and attempts to take him out, but fails to get the job done. Superwoman, Steel and Crash’s daughter show up. Crash is so caught up in his son and his killer/abductor that he completely disregards her. Steel has to knock out Crash to get him to stop his pursuit. After a brief battle the heroes subdue Skyhook as Maggie Sawyer shows up to take Skyhook into custody. Superwoman informs Steel and Crash’s daughter that it wasn’t the suit that continued to give her powers, but the armor was channeling the power that she had inside her all along. She says she is not through learning about her powers and knows where to start.

Next issue: Back to Smallville!

4Story – 4: I have really enjoyed this story arc, it read like a good episode of Superhero Criminal Minds. Skyhook is an interesting villain that I would like to learn more about. But it’s the family dynamics that I love the most. If your child was missing, and you knew who took him or her, what parent would not go after the culprit? The stress on the relationship between John and Lana, with John walking away is real life and further pulls you into to the heart of the story. I leave this issue with more questions than I did coming in and that makes for good story telling. Will John and Lana make amends and patch things up? Is Zeke possibly still alive? Can Crash make amends with his daughter? And what more could Lana possibly learn about her powers? I will definitely be back in 30 to hopefully resolve at least one of these questions while adding more.

5Art – 5: This just works for me. Hi-Fi’s coloring is amazing and style is consistently good month after month. Segovia’s interpretation of Skyuhook reminded me of a 90’s villain, and surprisingly, I was okay with that. The one aspect I really liked was all his facial work. For me, at least, a page can lose a lot of quality points if say the artist can’t draw lips, or a nose. This is not the case. Keep Segovia on this book for a long time please.

4Cover Art – 4: A little busy, Skyhooks wings cause a lot of distraction to the actual cover, but once you can figure out Superwoman is in battle with Skyhook, the picture becomes clear and very attractive.

0Variant Cover Art – 0: Nothing about this cover appeals to me. It looks rushed, no detail, and If I didn’t already know I would swear Superwoman, based on this cover, was Electric Red Superman all over again. Usually I prefer the variant covers over the standard one but not this time.

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July 15, 2017 11:38 am

Wow that was a little hard. I mean, a 0 out of 5 over a cover by the very talented Renato Guedes. I accept it´s not one of his best jobs, but it’s a nice competent cover, i would at least have expected a 3 out of 5.

Glen Clark
Glen Clark
July 15, 2017 11:11 pm
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Sorry, I looked at this cover for a good 5 minutes or so looking for any redeeming qualities, and for me, this was terrible. But that’s what makes art great, we all have different likes and dislikes. Thanks for reading and your comment.