Superman #13 Review
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Kenneth Rocafort
The not so exciting adventures of Clark Kent.
After feeling a slight glimmer of hope for this title after reading the not too bad Superman #0 it was a case of more of the same despite being encouraged by Scott Lobdell’s start in the zero issue. Considering this is one of DC’s flagship titles the quality has been poor and the latest instalment is more of the same despite being branded as a prelude to the H’el on Earth arc it seemed more an intermission of sorts just a way to waste time before the Man of Steel gets his first big crossover of the new 52.
It seems to be an issue where they have tried to create a few different loose ends to lead into the upcoming story arc that will need to be explored further but they don’t seem to be of any interest other then Clark channeling the spirit of Jerry Maguire and walking out of the Daily Planet, the reason I probably found this somewhat interesting was it seems to be the only part of the issue that Clark Kent seems like Clark Kent where he stands up for what he believes in and that morality Jonathon and Martha Kent raised him with. Other then that its suggested he is struggling to pay rent and is upset over Lois even though it seems to have slipped his mind he was getting his smooch on with Wonder Woman quite recently.
Aside from the flatness of the story the artwork by Kenneth Rocafort is decent enough and he gets a chance to draw some action sequences it has to be said however the story could do with a lot more substance then what we have seen so far. It remains to be seen if any of the loose ends will be tied up in the crossover such as Superman testing his powers or will they be forgotten about and were just done to fill space. Possibly my main gripe with this issue and that comes from being Irish and living in Ireland all my life is that I have never once seen a desert or people drilling for oil in said desert in my life although I do realise it is a comic book and not real I just found it very strange when I’m sure the people that are not familiar with the country would not bat an eyelid. On the plus side of Superman’s little detour not once did anyone say begorrah and there was no mention of leprechauns so swings and roundabouts I suppose.
Once again I’m left feeling flat by this title but I will continue through H’el on Earth because I somehow have confidence it will turn around although some would call it blind hope and not confidence. It does feel more and more though like a title I will end up dropping soon and continue with Justice League where we get to see the Man of Steel as we want to see him and it will save money at the same time. Here’s hoping this has all just been the boring calm before the awesome storm.