Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold: Superman #14

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Yet another DC Comic that I’ve been skipping over is Superman, yeah, the most iconic of comic book characters, given a reboot to Issue #1, and I’ve been skipping it. Money is tight, sorry. It appears that Issue 14 is happening right in the midst of a big crossover, and hey look another dude from Krypton! Named, H’el, I’m sure he’s really nice and wants to give the people of Earth puppies.

Superman #14
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 28th, 2012

Ah, Superman, it’s been so long since I’ve read one of his comics in earnest. What the hell is my problem?

Ok, H’el is a dick, a super powerful one at that. I may not have the best memory when it comes to comic book history, but I assumed that most people from Krypton were more in the vein of at least having the same powers in a way as Superman. Not H’El. This guy can change his appearance (why do it when he looks so bad ass in the first place) and apparently can teleport himself and others. Unless I totally got that wrong in this story. Supergirl is smitten with him, she seems to be longing for something from Krpyton and it being rebuilt. Thankfully, they tell us in a tiny box that she was in a stasis pod when the whole exploding planet went down. Also, apparently Clark Kent QUIT working at the Daily Planet? I’ve got some serious back issues reading to do.

H’El’s story is that he rode in an experimental precursor pod that ferried Superman to Earth. Being in such a pod apparently took much, much longer and though some not so nice sectors of the galaxy. Maybe that’s why the guy’s face looks so messed up. I don’t know why, but I take delight when Superman is slapped around like he’s a gnat. Why do I find myself liking the bad guys so much more in my comics as I’ve gotten older? Regardless, this story that I found myself wading into is intriguing, I want to go back and find out what lead to this current point. I’ll point out that the artwork is probably the best I’ve seen in a comic since I got back into them in the last two years. I wouldn’t expect anything less from DC’s flagship hero, but holy crap does Kenneth Rocafort make every page pop, every detail breathtaking and I found myself just picking up the comic sitting on the counter and flipping through it. I’m not sure if I’m right or not, but Scott Lobdell seems to have written some panel formats that I’ve never seen before, I liked them. I’m not sure if it’s my relative newbie status with comic books, but it’s really nice to see someone willing to try and break the mold. My 5 year old even looked through it in silence for 10 minutes. SILENCE. 10 MINUTES. 5 YEARS OLD. You can’t find that kind of solid entertainment as a parent these days. My son then asked me why I wasn’t getting more Superman comics, I told him that I was. He said he wants them all if they look this good. I couldn’t disagree with him, nor keep him away from what looks like a great story that is just so incredibly well drawn. Once I collect more of the early issues and wrap my head around what is going on, I’ll have a more solid opinion on this new Superman, but if it’s anything like this Issue, I have a feeling it’s not going to let me down. Stay Tuned.

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