Superheroes gone bad has been done before (a bunch), but I have to give Mark Waid credit for doin’ it well. This was a recommendation from one of my Shallow Comic Reading life partners (Either The Incredible Jeff or my favorite Ontarioian, Gavin) I’m not exactly sure which one’na my shorties it was due to all the brain damage from years of recreational pharmaceuticals. But it was a damn good one.
Volume 1 seems to be mostly set up for exactly what the Plutonian (this series rogue Superman) is capable of, how seemingly pointless it is to fight him, and just how fucked up my man is. NO ONE IS SAFE. Not his former allies, not his old enemies, and not the lady running for her life clutching her baby. Waid manages to cram in enough mass murder, psychotic breaks, weird-ass sexual shit, and infanticide to make me wonder if this is the same guy that’s writing Daredevil. Who knew Mark had a little Ennis in’em. Ultimately, he does manage to stifle the carnage and leave just enough heroes alive and questions unanswered to keep me interested in continuing with the series.
Peter Krause’s artwork is good. Middle of the road in terms of verve for me, but I tend to lean more towards the highly stylized stuff. But it’s certainly serviceable.
If you’ve enjoyed other books like Moore’s Watchman, Ennis’The Boys, or any one of the Superman as a baddie stories that have been told over the years you should probably check this out.
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