Superman Earth One Volume 3 Review
Where most Superman stories fail is the inability to make the hero human. “Superman Earth One: Volume 3” fully embodies that storytelling sin, and goes so far as making almost all characters involved wooden, empty, and devoid of character. Making the trade read more like the expository framework of a story, but never amounting to anything compelling in and of itself.
WRITTEN BY: J. Michael Straczynski
ART BY: Ardian Syaf, Sandra Hope
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
The story follows the contemporary Superman in a world that doesn’t trust him. Rightfully so, he deposed a dictator in another country and is the most powerful being on the planet. So Naturally people like Lex and Alexandra Luthor team with the military to find a way to take out the biggest threat to national security the world has ever seen. Enter Zod.
J Michael Straczynski understands how to make Superman modern. He takes contemporary fears and uses them against a god who walks amongst us. Sadly, he doesn’t treat this God like a human. Through stilted writing and extremely convenient plotting everything in this book feels alien.
Which is part of the charm with an Earth One Graphic Novel. It’s refreshing to see brand new takes on the age-old mythos. Lex Luthor and Alexandra Luthor provide a really compelling force of antagonism that is rooted in modern paranoia. Except their motivations crumble near the final act of the book, they act completely contrary to their established personalities, and somehow end in the same place these characters always do. I know that may seem hard to believe, but trust me Straczynski finds a way.
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