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Superman #38

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By Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Laura Martin, Ulises Arreola, Dan Brown, & Will Quintana

The penultimate issue in Goeff Johns and John Romita Jr.’s brief, but influential run on Superman is here! Ulysses continues to take out his anger and grief on Clark, who has cost him his home in the Fourth Dimension. Of course, this is simply not enough for him, forcing Superman to take a stand and put an end to Ulysses’ tirade. This is definitely a heavy issue mythos-wise and thematically. The material couldn’t be in better hands!

It’s fairly evident that Johns wanted to just unload a lot of his Superman ideas in this arc. He reminds readers that the Man of Steel is a beacon of hope, a guiding hand for society to better themselves. With this being the core, it is brought up in several scenes with a nice blend of subtly and force. Johns isn’t just content with reminding the audience what the heart of the character is, this book alone has about three or more game-changing moments. To top it all off, he has Romita Jr. penciling these iconic moments. Seeing his interpretation of Batman and the Bat-cave in a full two-page spread is a sight to behold.

The rest of the art team, Klaus Janson, Laura Martin, Ulises Arreola, Dan Brown, and Will Quintana, deliver their A-game as well. With so much fine detail and atmospheric settings such as rain, Janson had his work cut out for him inking the book. Yet, he is able to really accent John’s pencils and make each panel sell the massive climax between Ulysses and Clark. The color ensemble follows suit by highlighting the key moments in this comic (which has a lot). I’d go into more detail, but it would get into spoiler territory. Issue #38 is absolute eye candy and will make the reader wonder what this team will deliver next month.

It is a travesty that this creative team is only doing one story arc, whoever takes over will have deep shoes to fill! With only one issue left, those who have been reading should pick this up without a moment’s hesitation. Now, those who are just hearing about this, should try to pick up the back issues or wait for the trade. Honestly, though, don’t wait for the trade…this a fantastic Superman narrative that should be absorbed ASAP.

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