Superman: Up in the Sky #3 Review – Happy King
Superman: Up in the Sky #3
Keeping the pattern established by the previous two issues, this one is also about the little misadventures Superman gets up to while looking for the lost little girl in space. In this case, the torturous wait to call Lois Lane and some time travel shenanigans related to Sargent Rock and the Easy Company.
I don’t understand you Tom King. On one hand, your books tend to be about characters dealing with depression or trauma or just a generalized sense of wrongness in their lives, and while this sometimes works, other times it seems like you’re doing it just for the sake of doing it… So I really don’t understand how you’re pulling this miniseries off.
Granted, it still has a bit of his weird overly naturalistic dialogue, that can be a bit stilted sometimes, but on the whole this book has been very… wonderful. The first story is basically about Superman waiting to make a space phone call to Lois, while imagining all the various things that may have happened to her without his intervention. One of the things Tom King has been doing with this miniseries is taking story ideas and plot points I’ve heard before and mixing them just enough where they come off as refreshingly interesting. In this case, he keeps splicing in pages of the many deaths of Lois Lane in between the pages of Superman waiting for his chance to call her. Also refreshingly, he doesn’t really clue you in on what that means, until you deduce it by yourself as the story goes along. He doesn’t even have Superman say “I was thinking about…” which I’ll give him props for, since it means he’s respecting his audience’s intelligence.
The second story was a lot more conventional, but it’s still great to see Sgt. Rock and this story actually works as a great companion piece to Superman: Year One. It’s wholesome and a well told short little war thing.
The art by Andy Kubert is really great. I’ve been mixed on him before, but he really knocks it out of the park in this issue (I suspect part of it has to do with the fact that his dad created Sgt. Rock). Superman’s expressions feel especially on point this issue, which is interesting because I’ve never thought of Andy Kubert as a real faces guy. I gotta keep an eye out for that from now on.
In conclusion, Tom King leaves me very confused. His Batman is trash, but his Superman is consistently heartwarming, cool and heroic. He really knows how to use Superman in stories,, this series so far has been delightful and I highly recommend it. Please stop confusing me Tom King.