Reviews – DC Comics: Superman #18

Posted: March 30, 2013 in Reviews - DC Comics
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Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By:  Aaron Kuder
Price: $2.99

H’el on Earth may have ended last month, but that doesn’t mean that Superman can relax. Not when he has to appear in front of the United States Senate. Why you ask? Well because the Fortress of Solitude scares them of course. While this thread was only touched on briefly in this issue, it seems likely this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of the idea of the US government feeling threatened by Superman’s activities.

Maybe it’s because Scott Lobdell did only briefly touch on the court hearing in this issue, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this plot thread. On the one hand, it does logically make some sort of sense that Superman would be called before the US Senate, though I would have preferred it to have been the United Nations. It even makes sense that Superman would actually show up. On the other hand,  think what bothered me bout the scene is that the Big Blue Boy Scout comes off rather less then diplomatic. I realize he isn’t the big brain of the great orator of the Justice League, but he is the good guy of all good guys.

Ok, so that’s a lot of focus on what was really a very small portion of the book, but frankly, other then some set up for next issue and maybe a few issues down the road, nothing worth talking about really happened. Plus, the court hearing and an escalating conflict with the US government is an interesting idea. However, more often then not, Superman is just more interesting when he has something he can hit, and preferably something that can hit him back, like H’el for example. But I guess we were due for a little break in the action. Chances seem pretty good that next issue will feature a knockdown, drag out fight though. Either that o a few punches followed by the realization it’s all a big misunderstanding. We’ll just hav to wait and see which it turns out to be.

Score: 4.5

Michael Bowie


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