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Superman #36

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

In the latest installment in Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.’s intense story arc, Neil presents humanity with the opportunity of redemption in the fourth dimension. Superman tries to change his cynical perception, which inevitably leads to a physical altercation. Through the battle, Clark becomes privy to a game-changing secret…

Neil’s exodus provides the basis for a fascinating examination of one of Clark’s most notable qualities: his faith in humanity. Superman wants to help society with a light touch, but feels threatened when someone else presents another answer for a better tomorrow. This is the climax of the arc and Johns focuses on the ideologies. This is a bold move, but will inevitably pay off emotionally and plot-wise in the conclusion.

That’s not to say that Superman doesn’t throw a punch in this issue, there is a decent amount of action. Romita Jr. designed an electric confrontation between the two powerhouses. Laura Martin’s vibrant colors against the dreary, raining background only serves enhance the suspense. The majority of the book is set in the rain; this is ridiculously hard to execute. The amount of time spent on penciling and inking (courtesy of the master Klaus Janson) these detailed panels is absolutely mind-boggling. The splash page alone will make any art appreciator drop their jaw; there are so many intricate lines that are detailed in the massive image.

“Men of Tomorrow” continues to deliver on every level. This is without a doubt one of the few books that deserves to be read immediately. Drama, heart, action and suspense are all represented in this issue…one can’t ask for much more!

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