Superman #22 Review

Black Dawn – Chapter 3

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Story: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason

Artist: Doug Manke

Colourist: Wil Quintana

Lois Lane investigates the disappearance of not only Batman but also Superman, Superboy and Robin. But is she ready for what she’ll discover?

1656971-superman-22This feels like a bit of a departure for the series. It’s odd. Lois Lane is the main protagonist for a majority of this story and it’s a little jarring. Up until this point Superboy has been the main protagonist, with the occasional Superman issue (ironic considering it’s his series). It’s far from a bad thing that Lois is the main narrative drive, the only issue is her character is so different from the tone established in the series.

For the most part this has been a fun and adventurous comic, with some issues being more suspenceful/ horror driven, mainly as a result of the childish point of view the series has taken. This is a suspense issue. There’s no humour here. And it works. The story is engaging and tense. Considering the lack of powers, Lois Lane certainly has the odds stacked against her.

The problem is the boyish charm of the series is gone. Without the father/ son dynamic (or even the family dynamic) there isn’t much fun. I felt myself caring for Lois just so she could find Superman and Superboy.

On the other hand the tension here is second to none. Tomasi and Gleason are fantastic writers. The reader is constantly pushed forward as dialogue sparse pages promote action first and foremost. Doug Manke’s art is great with Wil Quintana doing an adequate job on colours.

Despite the seemingly negative tone of this review this gets a recommendation. It’s still a great comic. The fun vibe is absent but the action and tension is amplified.

Recommendation: Pick up the issue

Author: Alex

I review comics and books. I also take issue with a lot of things.

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