Superman #34


By Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Laura Martin

The Johns/Romita Jr. team-up picks up with the shocking reveal from last issue where Ulysses’ (Neil) parents are alive and well. Most of the issue centers around this heartfelt reunion, but, of course, lurking behind the scenes in the main antagonist. Superman and Neil follow a lead and encounter a masked man and his pets…

Geoff Johns, who knows how to deliver action-packed moments, settles down for a bit to reflect on the relatable, emotional aspects of Superman/Clark. As Neil chronicles his past, John Romita Jr. simply, yet powerfully depicts on Clark’s face how close the story hits home. It’s a powerful panel right on the second page; this creative team isn’t holding back. Even with all similarities being presented front and center, as the book progresses, the differences of the two supermen become readily apparent. If the touching moments in the beginning of the comic didn’t hook the reader, this aspect will. Incorporating the dichotomy and pathos so effectively instantly elevates the material.

The story in this issue allows Romita Jr. to run the gambit in terms of storytelling. The first half is strictly character-centric, so John is able to demonstrate his talent with facial expressions and character figure/posture. The other half is very atmospheric since it takes place at night, which Klaus Janson and Laura Martin bring to life with the inking and coloring respectively. The double full-page shot of Ulysses and Superman is absolutely stunning; despite the dominant color in the image being red; just so much detail.

“The Men of Tomorrow” continues to be a brilliant story arc for Superman and delivers on the premise of an iconic creative collaboration. Geoff and John’s talents and sensibilities mesh very well together and allow readers to truly immerse themselves in the narrative and relate to Superman, which has always been a problem. These guys make it look easy.