In Superman #19 we continue the Superman Reborn story arc, diving deeper into Mr. Mxy. Picking up with Lois not remembering who Jon is or that they were even a family, to begin with. With Superman calling out to Mxyzpltk, he appears and is willing to play a game with Superman to get Jon back. Mr. Mxy takes Superman and Lois to a new dimension with no rules like gravity, physics, or even reality. It is explained as a dimension out between the in-between, next door to infinity’s backyard aka “The Infinite Planet”.
The rest of the issue takes place in this new dimension and there are some reoccurring themes out here. First, there is a lot of candy, pretty much everything is made of candy. Second Mr. Mxy seems to control everything that is possible in this space. Finally, we see New 52 Superman and Lois appearing throughout the issue. All of this leads to a very interesting end, however, I am not going to give it away here.
As always Superman #19 seems to really show the family unit of Superman. Even when everything seems to be on the outs, when Superman cannot even remember his own son’s name, he still fights for his family. This is a theme in the Superman run so far with Tomasi and Gleason really making it a great story. Managing to bring new life to Superman with a story that was never able to be told before, giving Superman a family.
As you would guess art in this issue is fantastic. You can tell that Gleason, Gray, Kalisz, and Leigh had free reign to do as they please with “The Infinite Planet” and boy is it fun to see. The cartoony art style of Gleason really shines here, playing out like a twisted dream. Gray and Kalisz really bring Gleason’s pencils to life as well, with bright vibrant colors and dark somber inks to bring the right mood.
Next week we get the finale of Superman Reborn in Action Comics and I cannot wait. Superman has turned a corner in Rebirth, becoming one of the best titles in DC’s ensemble, thanks to the creative teams behind Superman and Action Comics.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh
Published by DC
Release Date: March 15th, 2017