SUPERMAN #39 by Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by John Romita Jr.
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Laura Martin
Published by DC Comics

PREVIOUSLY: SUPERMAN #38 by Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.

This issue is a vast change of pace from the previous 7 issues. Now that Ulysses has been defeated, this issue slows down and gives us a “Day in the life” type of story. At the end of the previous issue, Clark had just revealed his secret identity to Jimmy Olsen, and this story picks up from that. At first Jimmy doesn’t believe it. And it doesn’t help that Superman is completely powerless due to the side-effect of his new “super flare” power that he discovered an inadvertently used to defeat Ulysses. According to Batman, it should take one full day for Superman’s powers to naturally recharge and until then, Superman is a regular powerless human being.

Superman manages to convince Jimmy and, as Clark, the two of them go out for a walk in Metropolis. And so the general gist of the story is Clark adapting to experience the world as a human for the first time. They walk in the park and he experiences being a little cold because of the weather. While helping a young boy with his kite Clark falls and scrapes his elbow. Later, back at the Daily Planet, he even gets a paper cut. Then news comes in of a robber holding a woman at gunpoint and Clark, Jimmy, and Lois all race to the scene. Despite not having his powers back yet, Clark still feels compelled to take direction action. But what’s a non-super man to do? NO SPOILERS

A decent story from Johns. It helps re-establish Jimmy as “Superman’s Pal” in this new continuity, and a return to the status quo of Clark working at the Daily Planet (where he and Lois are once again professional rivals). There’s further appearances of the mysterious hooded figure who has been watching Superman from behind the scenes and appears to know a lot about him. He’s referred to by another mysterious figure as “Mr. OZ” in this book, but we still don’t know what he’s up. I feel like this subplot has been dragging long enough, it’s time for Johns to bring it to the forefront.

Once again I’ll praise the artwork of John Romita Jr. As I always say, if you’re not a fan of his style, there’s nothing I can say to change your mind, but if you are (like I am), then you’ll be very happy with his work here. This story is good in showing his versatility, as he’s just as good in drawing regular slice-of-life scenes as he is drawing big action scenes. He makes a good creative partner for Geoff Johns, leaving Superman in good hands.


SUPERMAN #39 by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.

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