Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 Superman Volume 1: Before Truth

Superman blackmailed with the threat if his secret identity being revealed. Problems with a loss of his powers after he releases something similar to a solar flare (linked to his heat vision). Strange new weapons created on enormous 3-D printers. A secret organization known as HORDR. Creatures known as Quarmers capable of siphoning the energy off from Superman. General Lane armed with Kryptonite -loaded weapons. How bad a day can a superhero have?

Gene Luen Yang has created a story-line where everything that can go wrong seems to be doing just that for poor Clark Kent.  Clark struggles to deal with all the issues he has always feared - his secret identity made known, his friends and loved ones in danger, the public clamoring "Alien go home." It's a nightmare come to life. The mix of past foes coming out of the woodwork to exact their revenge and the new nemesis of HORDR keeps the danger pouring in from all sides.

Fans of Yang's other work will not be surprised by the quality of the story, nor will fans of Superman find this new arc disappointing. The artwork by continuing artists Romita and Janson is well done and captures the action and emotional weight of the story. Readers will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.

An added bonus is a collection of variant covers from Superman appearances from various comics.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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