Superman: Earth One, Vol. 3 by J. Michael Straczynski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First off, thanks to NetGalley for an ARC! It took forever for me to FINALLY get approved by one of the majors!
Luckily, I’d already read the first 2 volumes, so I wasn’t going in blind.
In this story, we find out that a certain Kryptonian isn’t the last survivor…there’s another, and he’s seeking out Kal.
The real basis for the story is still a combo of Clark growing as a human, and Superman being looked at with mistrust and suspicion by the militaries and governments of the world.
Lex Luthor, who appeared at the end of volume 2, appears again here, though in a somewhat different mindset than you might be used to. He also doesn’t appear alone…
Lois 100% steals an idea from Jim Gordon, and wisely, Superman points out how bad an idea it is in addition to being what she thinks is a good one.
However, when the second Kryptonian arrives, he disarms Kal with kindness, while convincing the global powers that perhaps Kal isn’t all he claims to be…this is some good villainous duplicity.
The art is strong, just as it was in the first two volumes, though a new artist has taken over, the style remains similar, and still very enjoyable.
When everyone turns their back on Superman, he is tested beyond his abilities, and it will be from two very unlikely sources that he draws strength and support. One of them for sure was a welcome twist in the Superman mythos for sure, and the other was a fitting way to move an important subplot forward in a very agreeable way.
Without any spoilers, I’ll just say that there’s new twists on old favourites and parts of the Superman Origin/Story, and for the most part, I find they work very well. That being said, other than the one reversal of character, there’s not much majorly different here from the regular Superman, though I do enjoy this one.
Straczynski has written another solid volume to this series, but it’s not quite as WOW as the other two were…however, it’s stil a good Superman story that really emphasizes his young nature striving to embrace and learn even more from humanity. This Superman (and Clark) are both growing in leaps and bounds, and I do look forward to seeing where this will go from here.
Thanks again to NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy (digital).
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