Friday, March 25, 2016
Review: Superman Lois And Clark #6
Superman Lois and Clark #6 came out this week and this continues to be the most consistently well done Superman book being produced these days. Writer Dan Jurgens and artist Lee Weeks shine as they give us this story of Clark and Lois hiding out in this new world only to see their world collapse around them. Things are getting dangerous and leading an undercover life is becoming impossible.
If I recall correctly, this was initially supposed to be a 12 issue maxiseries but was truncated to 8, meaning we are nearing an ending. With #Rebirth around the corner, this could be a true ending, with these characters from the pre-Flashpoint world simply disappearing from all continuities. With only a couple of issues left, Jurgens is bringing all the plot threads together. I have been enjoying this book immensely. And outside of a couple of wonky moments, this issue does push this book closer to a finale. And yet, despite that push, we do get a couple of moments where Jurgens slows down to give the story time to breathe a bit.
I can't help but thank DC for giving Jurgens and Weeks this opportunity to give us this book. This was a good decision and good decisions are rare with DC these days.
Here we see the response to Clark's unmasking in 'The Truth'. This Lois and Clark are shocked that Lois would 'out' Clark. This Lois thinks that Lois destroyed Clark's life. But more importantly, this will ruin this couple's lives. With all this attention, will more be focused on 'The White's' and how much they look like Kent and Lane.
It is an interesting scene. We know that Lois 'outed' Clark to save him. In fact, Lois fans have been defending her since this story broke. Lois didn't betray Clark, she rescued him.
I do wonder how much of this is tinged by self-defense in this Lois. Of all people, she should know that this world's Lois must have had a good reason to do this. But as it endangers her and her family, this Lois is scared.
This is one of those slow moments as we get a page or so seeing how Superman needs to concentrate to use his super-hearing to attune to a specific sound.
And I love ... love ... that the ring tone for Lois is 'Long cool woman in a black dress.'
The reveal of Superman's secret identity seems to be the last piece to the puzzle. Jon is writing a paper about Superman for school. And he begins asking hard questions of Lois. Why does Superman look like his father. Why does Lois look like his mother?
I initially didn't like the precocious Jon, thinking he was something of a brat. But I have softened in my opinion of him over time.
I love Weeks' work on the book as he varies angles and focus. Looking down on Superman as he flies out of the panel gives the illusion of space between him and the ground.
And having Cora be bigger than the borders also works.
But this rescue delay Superman from finding Lois and Jon who have been taken by Intergang.
So here is my one problem with the book. The Intergang thugs want to send a message. So they tie up Lois and Jon in a shed and light it on fire. And then they walk away!! Seems like 'stupid criminal' thought. Wouldn't they just shoot them right away?
It might seem like odd timing, but with the shed ablaze, Jon begins to ask the tough questions of Lois. Who are they? Why don't they have relatives? Who is he?
I kind of like the heroic pose he strikes when he breaks his ropes. Like father, like son?
There is something very Amazon about this design. I wish there was something more original or unique about her look.
But they could have incorporated some elements of the original in the new look. Why not make her helmet have tendrils or plumage like her Silver Age hair? Or add stripes to her armor.
Because this new Hyathis has pretty standard armor.
Hey, don't get me wrong! I love Hyathis and seeing an updated one makes me smile.
I am surprised that Lois is surprised. Surely she should be expecting Jon to develop powers?
Look, my complaints are quibbles. This is a great book which is telling a great story. I have been pretty impressed with the pace of this book, bringing together a lot of plot lines in a short time. And the art has been wonderful, bringing a classic feel to the proceedings.
I can't wait to see how it all wraps up.
Overall grade: B+