Written by Geoff Johns
Art by John Romita Jr.
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Laura Martin
Published by DC Comics
PREVIOUSLY: SUPERMAN #36 by Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.
Well this is certainly a difficult issue to review, because it’s hard to talk about what I like or don’t like about it without spoiling it. On the one hand, this is two days after the issue was released, so most readers who are buying this series have probably already read the issue by now, but then there are those fans who may be waiting for the trade so I don’t want to spoil everything for them. So I’ll try my best.
As per last issue, Ulysses’ true motives for taking 6 million people back to his homeworld in the 4th dimension have been called into question by Superman, and after a brief but brutal fight, Superman lays unconscious. This issue opens with Superman held captive by Ulysses, who promises to release Superman after all the 6 million humans have been loaded onto the great-ships and taken away. And that’s when we find out the real reason why Ulysses needs these people.
Again, I don’t want to spoil the big mystery, but…remember that classic Twilight Zone episode where the aliens come and make Earth a paradise and then offer to take some back to their planet?
Yeah, it’s not exactly like that, but it’s kinda like that.
Oh yeah, and I didn’t think about it, but that precise number of humans that Ulysses offered to take with him? Six million. I’m sure that wasn’t a coincidence.
But now we see why Ulysses tried to stop his birth parents from joining the others on the trip. Superman tries to convince Ulysses not to go through with his plan, and that he’ll help him find some other solution. And when it turns out that Ulysses’ parents made it on to the ship after all, he appears to have a change of heart and accept Superman’s offer of help. But there are other powerful beings ready to stop both of them…
So that’s all I’m saying, but trust me, it’s good stuff. The suspense is high, the action is amped up, and it ends on one heckuva cliffhanger. And of course it’s beautifully illustrated by John Romita Jr., who gets to show off his skills drawing alien landscapes here. I can’t wait to see how this story concludes.
I did a Google search, and I located the big reveal at Bleeding Cool, where they seem to be primarily interested in criticizing the wonky science behind Ulysses and his adoptive people’s scheme. But I think the genuine creep-out factor more than makes up for what might be a dodgy premise. Besides, if you want to argue about scientific implasibility, well, I don’t think a single issue of Superman goes by without the title character’s powers violating the laws of physics!
Perhaps I will pick up the trade paperback collection of this storyline when it comes out, after all.
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Yeah, if you’re gonna start criticizing the “science” in these books then you just need to stop reading superhero comics altogether.
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