When I read the first issue of Brian Michael Bendis’ THE MAN OF STEEL, I assumed I had the general story pegged from the beginning. And not going to lie, I felt fairly cocky about it too. We have been clearly getting a story advised in two timelines that might ultimately meet when new villain Rogol Zaar appeared within the current to kill Superman, thereby lastly attaining his age-old plan of destroying all remnants of Kryptonian life. It all appeared so easy. Exciting, however easy.
But midway by way of the second concern, it turns into clear that I used to be flawed. We have been all so very, very incorrect, and it seems that The Man of Steel goes to be a lot, a lot darker than any of us thought.
Remember how solely simply final week I used to be extolling the virtues of Clark’s newfound peace in his house life? How joyful and grounded he appeared with Lois Lane and his son Jon Kent by his aspect? *Nervous laughter*
I spoke too quickly! This week’s THE MAN OF STEEL #2 hit me like a ton of bricks when it turned clear that we have been following three separate timelines: the time of Krypton’s destruction/Rogol Zaar’s origin story, the current together with the mysterious arson occurring round Metropolis, and a third timeline within the close to previous…the place one thing horrific occurred to Lois and Jon whereas Clark might do nothing to cease it. I’ve acquired a actually dangerous feeling about this all of a sudden.
Is Bendis actually going there together with his tackle Superman in his first DC Comics foray? Are Lois and Jon lifeless? Is that why nobody on the Daily Planet appears to know the place she’s disappeared? And do Superman’s tremendous buddies like Green Lantern (Hi, Hal!) and the remaining of the Justice League not know what occurred both?
All this speak of “rumors” from each side of Clark’s life about how he is been appearing lately has me considering that no matter occurred to Lois and Jon has been stored quiet by Clark…for a very long time, too. What is he hiding? Why is he hiding one thing so large as to the attainable deaths of his love and his son? Could it’s disgrace over not with the ability to save them?
Or is there an much more sinister purpose, like he might have saved them (from Rogol Zaar, who is clearly the primary suspect now that he is discovered that the Last Son of Krypton exists on Earth), however faltered when he discovered Rogol’s historical past? Did Superman choke upon listening to the actual story of Krypton’s destruction, main him to fail in his most essential mission but—saving the lives of his household? Like Trish stated, regardless of the story is, it is about to interrupt, and Bendis is giving all of us the unique scoop.
And as for that Joker Easter egg, how a lot do you need to guess that the Clown Prince of Crime exhibits again up within the flesh sooner or later within the subsequent few weeks? Bendis cannot simply tease the Joker and never ship a true cameo, proper? It’s my first comedian ebook collection, guys, I need to see some Joker motion!
P.S. How lengthy does it take to get used to studying comedian ebook speech balloons? Asking for a good friend…and that pal is most undoubtedly me. This entire back-and-forth studying from balloon to balloon has been type of onerous to get the grasp of, particularly when there are greater than two individuals in a dialog in a single panel. I hold studying the balloons within the incorrect order and it is extraordinarily irritating.
I by no means realized that studying comics can be extra than simply studying a guide with a lot of footage, however this really is a entire totally different medium requiring totally different expertise and endurance. I’ve all the time beloved the tales that come out of comedian books, however now I respect them in a entire new approach. Project Dip Toe Into Comics goes nice!
Sydney Bucksbaum writes concerning the DC Universe for DCComics.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SydneyBucksbaum.