If the anguish Superman feels is 1/10 o f my own, he’s in real pain.
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1
Superman continues his fight with Anguish, which remains one-sided in her favour. The back-story of Superman’s secret ID being revealed heats up, when reporters converge on the outted civilian. Failing to find a way with his large array of abilities, Superman decides to snatch away the locket that spurred Anguish’s bank robbing. The locket is damaged, and she proceeds to smack Superman around some more. She tires of beating him, and escapes, only to seek further revenge by going to civilian reported to be Superman’s house and threaten his family. It’s up to Superman to find a way to stop her and set everything to rights.
Superman is totally in the pocket of Action Comics, which this issue made even more evident. It doesn’t help that Giffen was off of writing duties as of this issue, which means that Jurgens was working with another’s ideas, but that’s little excuse for such an inconsequential issue. What is more, this Superman, the one that appears in the comic that bears his name, has to be more dumbed-down than ever. Super-strength, heat vision, speed, senses, etc., and he couldn’t find a way to stop Anguish? Even after she told him how her powers work? In addition, what is the purpose of indestructible armour, that affords the wearer no protection? In order for Anguish to do any damage to Superman, she should have to defeat the armour, which means she’d have to hit with a force that he could feel even through its indestructible protection. Superman all ready suffers from a lackluster list of villains, so it has been said, why introduce yet another one?
When will Superman be “super” again? This latest issue left me with more questions to pose, than anything else. It’s been 10 issues, almost a year, and for all the talk of modernization, Superman seems caught in the past, and not the dynamism of the Bronze Age, or the creativity of the Silver Age, or even the weight of the years directly post-Crisis. He’s trapped in that bubble of time that lead to this reboot, and he can’t escape with all the power in the world.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great art||Flat story, development, and a dumb Superman is never entertaining|
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