writer: Geoff Johns / artist: John Romita, Jr / DC Comcis
When we last left our hero, he was getting punched in the face by Ulysses because their attempts to save everyone from Earth actually accelerated the meltdown of Neil’s planet and thus destroying every single thing that man cared about in the 4th dimension. As you might imagine, Neil felt some kind of way about that. Clark couldn’t really say anything but…Uh…my bad homie. While there have been scuffles between them before, this was the full out battle between Ulysses and Superman we knew was coming from the beginning and it yielded some pretty cool results. There’s not too much spoiler here since it was all over comic book news this week ahead of the issue, but Superman has a new superpower. Turns out, his heat vision, one of the coolest superpowers like, ever, is actually just some “Phase 1” type shit. Call it Super Saiyan, call it Nuclear (in the book it’s actually called a Super Solar Flare), it’s basically a “You ain’t got to go home, but you got to get the hell up outta here” type of power.
There’s a good interaction with Batman (as always) as Bruce tells him he would be concerned about a new superpower if it wasn’t Superman. Sheeeeyet, my first thought was Bruce used the time that Clark was knocked out to work up a contingency plan for the new power…(“…it took an eternity and cost a fortune Clark. Fortunately I had both, I’ve rendered all energy producing cells useless…”).
And look, John Romita is a legend so you don’t need me to sing his praises but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to. The action specifically is great in this one as Ulysses literally punches Superman through dimensions and of course the pencils around Superman’s new power.
This was a satisfying conclusion to the first arc in the Johns/Romita run for Superman. The end hints at a larger overarching threat of course and that Superman will be “human” for a day…I really thought hard about making a Superman II joke there but decided against it…