In Superman #21 while the hunt is on for Batman the Super team must defeat a giant squid at the fair and figure out what is going on with those crazy neighbours of theirs.
Just last issue we had a pivotal moment where Batman and Superman both shared their views of the world. With Superman saying we need to shine brighter to defeat the darkness in the world. Well in this issue, that mentality is directly challenged, with Jon inadvertently taking the opposite site. However, he was acting out of fear and not knowing his own power. It did give a nice moment where once again Superman cemented in his stance on the matter and showed his fatherly side. Further showing how much Gleason and Tomasi really, truly, understand Superman as a character.
Since Tomasi is also working on Super Sons, every time we see Jon and Damian together on this title it just feels like an extension of that book and that’s a good thing. Seeing these two grow closer and grow up is quite a bit of fun. With Jon starting to become more defiant and Damian sarcastic as ever, this duo can bring levity to most situations. While they could steal the spotlight, that doesn’t happen here, they are used just enough and are quite entwined in the plot.
Gleason and Tomasi are hitting their stride on their run of Superman. They are able to inject playfulness, hope, and substance into their stories. This is a very welcome change from what the New 52 was all about, this title really exemplifies why DC Rebirth is so good. With Superman Reborn out of the way, they can begin to tell the stories they want to tell in a way that truly honors the title.
Gleason and the art team do another fantastic job here, on a bimonthly title none the less. While there are a few panels here and there that feel rushed but that is really just nitpicking. Every time I see Gleason’s Superman, post-Reborn, I just get a huge smile on my face, his art harkens back to a classic Superman the symbol of hope. However, some of the best scenes here are with Damian being depicted as all shadows, just hanging out in the background, I love it.
Superman #21 is another great entry to the title. Ending on a pretty big cliffhanger, with lots of questions left in the air. Considering that Jon is supposed to be more powerful than Dad, it will be interesting to see how this arc plays out.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Written by Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, Joe Prado, Ray McCarthy, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh
Published by DC
Release Date: April 19th, 2017