Review: ‘Justice League: The Darkseid War: Superman’ #1
“Justice League: The Darkseid War: Superman #1”
Writer: Francis Manapul
Artist: Bong Dazo
Letterer: Carlos M Mangual
Cover: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
Damn it DC, you just can’t help yourselves, can you? It seems like whenever you get stuck with Superman if you’re not killing him or depowering him, the next obvious storyline is to just make him a villain or a jerk. I get it, evil Superman sells books, especially to people that don’t even like Supes. However this trope is starting to be extremely overused, and frankly quite annoying. Either give it a rest or just pull a Cyclops and have him go full world domination.
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For those that haven’t been keeping up with “The Darkseid War,” minor spoiler warning: Darkseid is dead. That sounds like it would be a good thing, but several members of the Justice League have replaced members of New Gods, maybe at the cost of their humanity. Superman for instance has absorbed the Solar energies of Apokolips, making him ridiculously stronger than he was before, but also turning him into a jerk. Now as the God of Strength, he comes back to Metropolis, but has no idea why. He saves the city from an alien attack but in doing so he does more harm than good. Jimmy Olsen is the only person that seems to see the change and does everything he can to save Superman, but is he too far gone?
The Justice League becoming New Gods is an original concept that we haven’t seen before and opens itself to some interesting storytelling. Sorry but that is not the case with Superman. Take the strongest character and just make him stronger? Sure why not. While you’re at it, why not make him a a-hole like in every other popular story featuring Superman? It’s so unoriginal it took me out of the story. I’m surpised they didnt go all the way and have Superdickery Silver Age cover like throwing Jimmy Olsen into the Sun or something. To top it all off I think Superman left the planet, so this is another filler story without consequences. Feel free to skip this issue and go right from Justice League #45 to #46 if you feel so inclined, unless you like bad Superman of course. If so…then you’re part of the problem.