Superman #23 Review

Black Dawn – Part 4


Lois and Clark fight together to save themselves from the new foe, but more is not right than meets the eye.

Writers: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason

Artist: Doug Manhke

Colourists: Wil Quintana & Hi-Fi

Last issue I felt like the soul of the book had been lost by having Lois as the primary antagonist. I can say I somewhat regret stating that. This week Clark features more prominently but he and Lois still team up together. In hindsight I can see what Tomasi and Gleason were building towards. The soul was never lost, it was just a little harder to see at first. You could almost compare it to the way Lois and Clark are terrified about losing their son. Maybe that’s why the last issue wasn’t as cute and fun.

Anyway this is another stellar issue. The tension is ramped up yet again and the suspense skyrockets until the end. Pieces are all coming together and readers are beginning to understand where this Black Dawn story is going.

The moral debates of killing have always been a thing I liked about Superman, especially concerning non-humanoid monsters and aliens. Seeing him here, looking so dejected while monsters are brutally murdered inverts the common comic theme of good vs evil. There is a reason this happens. It’s pretty good. There are reveals that I would recommend to anyone. If you’ve read a lot you’ll love it, if you haven’t then you’ll still enjoy it.

Art by Manhke is fantastic although certain pages are marred by poor inking in the middle of the book. I’m not sure what happened but it’s certainly noticeable.

Other than that this is a great issue worthy of the read.

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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