Review: ‘Superman’ #32 Brings An Era To An End

by Tony Thornley

Superman has gone through a lot in the last decade. Now, with the end of this issue, the series is making a massive shift. But Clark and Jon have one last day to save together first.

Cover by John Timms

This issue closes out the transition arc between this volume and the new era starting in Superman: Son of Kal-El. It’s an adventure years in the making, but does it live up to that expectation? It comes from Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, and Dave Sharpe.

Jon Kent is the only hope to save Thakkram from the Shadowbreed. He’s hopelessly outnumbered, he’s on unfamiliar territory, and they’ve already taken his father. It’s time for Jon Kent to step up and embrace his legacy. It’s time for Jon to become Superman.

This issue is two things — one it does well and the other not so much. For a story that embraces Jon stepping into his father’s shoes and trying to live up to his legacy, Johnson makes it work. Though it doesn’t quite pack the emotional punch of the previous two issues, it’s still a story about Jon Kent’s potential as Superman, even if he hasn’t quite made it yet.

On the other hand, though, as an issue to end this series and transition into the upcoming Warworld/Son of Kal-El era, it doesn’t quite click. It’s a good issue, but it just feels like the end of a story. There’s no hint of transition, or finality. Jon does a good job and shows he can live up to his potential, but there’s barely a hint that Clark might not be there in the near future, just that Jon will be a great Superman eventually.

The art is mostly very good. Godlewski has proven himself as an artist to watch in this arc, with some very inventive layouts and some truly great action to match the more emotional and quiet scenes of earlier in the arc. There are a few pages, though, where the figure work is a little looser and feels a bit rushed. Eltaeb’s colors support the line art in some really solid ways, and makes Thakkram feel truly alien and unique.

This issue is a fun conclusion to this volume, even if it doesn’t quite stick the landing in what it seeks to do. It’s still well worth picking up for any fan of the House of El.

Superman #32 is available now from DC Comics.

Overview

The conclusion of this volume of Superman gives us a young hero ready to step into some big shoes. It’s a fan adventure, with solid art, but doesn’t quite stick the landing in giving Jon Kent a jumping off point in his journey to become Superman.

Overall
7/10
7/10
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