“The Men of Tomorrow, Chapter One: Ulysses”
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: John Romita Jr.,
Inker: Klaus Janson
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Romita Jr, Janson, & Martin (main cover), Ant Lucia (Bombshell variant)
Review by Scott Keys
Superman #32 kicks off the much anticipated run by superstar writer, Geoff Johns, and the legendary artist, John Romita, Jr. I went in to this with high expectations, and boy did this team not only live up to those lofty expectations, but surpassed them!
I adored the fact that the first sequence in this book gives us Ulysses’ origin story, which is oddly familiar to Superman’s origin. I loved that! It gives the 2 super-powerful beings a common starting point, and some grounds to become allies. Johns does an amazing job, not only with the big, sweeping action set pieces, but especially with the character moments. Some would find the “day in the life of Clark Kent” portion of the story rather mundane and boring, but what I took away from it, is how “human” Superman really is. This will come back later, I’m sure of it! There was a lot of groundwork to lay down here, but Johns sprinkles in just enough action to make you want to come back for more!
What can I say about Romita Jr., Janson, and Martin that hasn’t already been stated? Well, how about the fact that they produce a pretty amazing comic! Romita Jr. and Janson have worked together for many years, and it’s awesome (especially as a lifelong DC fanboy AND Romita Jr. fan) to see this team on Big Blue! Superman looks powerful and confident, and Clark looks meek and humble. Sometimes, the artists seem to forget that Clark shouldn’t look like Superman with glasses on, but the entire Clark persona should throw off the scent that he could be Superman. And let’s not minimize the impact of Martin’s colors! The vibrant palette she uses really brings the line art to life, and tightens up the action beautifully!
If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE Superman fan, and this creative team, to me, is more of a “Dream Team” when it comes to my favorite comic book hero! I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you are a fan of brilliantly crafted comics!
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
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