Written by GEORGE PÈREZ;
Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PÈREZ; Art by JESUS MERINO.
I liked this story much better than Action Comics #1. Perez’s story was very cerebral, multiple storylines that converge cohesively. The comic tells us that scripting & breakdowns were Perez’s duties but I am never sure where the duty of the letterer begins and ends? Carlos M. Mangual deserves credit for the placement and layout of thought ballooning of all the characters (if that is what he does, more or less?). Very professionally done, easy to figure out who is saying what in the story with so much dialog to follow (not something that can be said for every book). The art of Jesus Merino was solid throughout the book. He captured all the many, many, many conversations that took place throughout the book beautifully. Facial expressions that fit the conversation are always a huge plus that contribute to my enjoyment of a comic. Finally, kudos to Brian Buccellato for the color flair he gave the book and apparently the assist on the cover. Not sure of Brian’s relationship to Steve Buccellato (colorist for Firestorm) but they seem to have similar tastes in how to color a book, because I was thinking of Firestorm’s use of color as I read Superman. Of course, it could just be the fact that there was a good amount of fire in each book and Firestorm was the last book I read, lol.
The direction of the overall book, I really liked. I loved the strong opinionated Clark Kent going nose to nose with Lois. I liked the idea of the book opening paying homage to the old Daily Planet building and as it fell to the ground, so did the old ways of print media. Then the ushering in of the modern age of digital media with a complete revamp of the way we are used to seeing a traditional character, like Lois Lane operate. TV will be the norm for Lois and Jimmy it would seem. While Clark remains a writer..?
The slightly combative style of the new Planet Global Network anchorman, William McCoy, towards Superman will be interesting to see play-out, a touch of Spider-man’s un-heroic relationship with the Daily Bugle? Lois also commenting on Metropolis being “targeted by threats” since Superman came to town plays into a world not totally sold on Superman’s presence?
It was a nice bit of writing for everyone to make note that Superman was “out of town”, showing that he does tend to not only Metropolis but also the world. I like the teaser from the pages of Stormwatch – a crossover coming soon?
The conflict with Alien-Fire-Guy was nicely rendered in a way that introduced you to everything else going on. Alien-Fire-Guy did seem to have a connection to Krypton and along with Lois talking about Metropolis being targeted; you gotta figure a bigger story is afoot. I’m betting they might take a page out of Smallville (the TV series) and maybe an asteroid shower accompanied baby Kal-El to Earth and maybe, just maybe, it has had other affects? Perez seemed to feature prominently in the story - the “Astro-Dome” being newly built … another connection?
Finally, I liked the obvious disappointment in Clark’s face when Lois is, um, “celebrating” with some guy (Jonathan Carroll). On one hand, a nice touch to see that a future for Clark with Lois isn’t imminent but I’m sure disappointing for many long time Superman fans to see Lois with a guy other than Clark.
One small thing I didn’t like. But this is the unavoidable opinion that is often bouncing around in my head concerning Superman/Clark Kent. Ok, so to illustrate the usefulness of print-media Clark Kent has a front-page story with an INCREDIBLY detailed account of Superman’s battle with Alien-Fire-Guy. Okay, the explanation of this is “luck” of being in right place at the right time in one part of the story. Since we get the opportunity to see/read Clark’s story as it is being written during the action that is taking place in the comic book… Clark seems to be giving lots of incredible detail. Which Lois then seemingly explains, nonchalantly, as a “first-hand account from Superman”? So, once again, Clark Kent, who works with top of the line, professional INVESTIGATIVE reporters, is getting detailed scoops from Superman himself, he is the same height, weight, build of Supes yet no one can figure out the mystery of Clark Kent, the loner, nor Superman- possibly having a secret identity. Speaking of that, it would appear that his secret identity is the traditional glasses and now, a slight update – of a messy, hair in the face, hairstyle. I guess that works. This has always bothered me but I can get passed it. Haha.
In conjunction with what I just stated, I want to say that I’m not trying to be one of those comic book fans that Tom Brevoort (Marvel Editor) speaks of… He talks of fan’s that accept the incredible origin stories of men and woman obtaining super-powers but then argue about little things -like what I “discussed” in the previous paragraph. Now, I would say, the fantastic stories of superheroes existing has to be accepted to a point or who would read comics to begin with… and to that end, some origin stories sound more plausible than others in the world of sci-fi and fantasy. I think it is just easy to put your-self in a comic book story as an everyman and accept that there are these people with incredible powers- you don’t really know how or why – you just are glad that there are enough “good” super-powered being to fight off the “bad” super-powered beings. BUT if I was a normal person that worked in Clark Kent’s office… I could just see myself sitting there and thinking: “Clark Kent is Superman!! Why can’t any of the rest of you see it???” Maybe?
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What did you think of Superman #1?
As this #Marvel guy continues to invade the #DCnU I take aim at #GreenArrow #1. I love puns!
What I knew (may not be accurate) going in (not much as with all DC characters): The DC *old* Universe Ollie Queen, was a smart ass. Seemed to have a fair amount of “words” with other super types. Very head strong, maybe partial to a bit of cussing. Loves/Loved? Black Canary. Rich man and inherited (owner?) of Queen Industries. I also have an impression of “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” from the TV series SMALLVILLE (This Naomi lady from issue 1, seems to be a version of Chloe or, I’m sure Chloe could be a version of this Naomi). Of course, SMALLVILLE was an obvious departure from the comic books. Then there was the animated JUSTICE LEAGUE show too - loved that show.
So, what do I think of the DCnU Green Arrow? He comes off with a bit of a Superman presence with a Batman drive. I’m sure that comparison probably isn’t fair but just my initial impression. I am a big fan of HAWKEYE, the resident archer in the MARVEL U, so I have always had an interest in Green Arrow. Where HAWKEYE always seemed like a hero in spite of himself, Green Arrow always seemed to have a commanding presence, more of goal oriented direction. This DCnU Green Arrow definitely still feeds my belief that that is the case. Ollie does come off more clean-cut than I thought he was in the old DCU, I just expected a more weathered superhero figure when I thought of GrAr. Seeing this young energetic determination is cool, just a bit unexpected. His dialogue showed a bit of snarky-ness (« apparently that isn’t a word) but there was no true bite to his wit. I just always thought of GrAr as a guy never afraid to offend someone, and did more times than not. I realize you regular DC reader are probably going nuts, thinking, “where the hell did this guy (me) get this idea of Green Arrow from”… haha…
Random thought: So are all major corporations in DC ran by superheroes/villains? Referencing the first page of Green Arrow. Queen Industries, WayneTech, LexCorp, & Holt Industries. Well, I don’t know about Holt, I assume it is related to Mister Terrific? Maybe not. ha.
Dan Jurgens art always puts me in mind of John Bryne, or vice-verse, they love a bit of cross-hatching don’t they (lol). And with George Perez on inks it makes for one clean looking, classically drawn comic book. Another quick John Bryne reference: so, on the last page we are introduced to a group of villains that I am totally unfamiliar with- all I can say is, they kind of put me in mind of MARVEL’s Alpha Flight. I’m serious! Look at that page and think of the members of Alpha Flight. Heh. … Oh yeah! - I also want to give some special credit to Colorist, David Baron. I felt the color on this book really popped where it needed to - especially with the action and it was subdued in all the right places too. Kept the hot scenes hot and the cool scenes cool.
J.T. Krul’s writing and dialogue is efficient. The story moved fast but you didn’t feel cheated when you got to the end (like I did with Ultimate Spider-man #1). I really am not familiar with Mr. Krul’s work. According to his Wikipedia page he is left-handed… bet information like that isn’t in any other Green Arrow #1 review! bahaha!
Bottom line: Solid art, well written, but no real *wow* moment. Not sure how much I like this Green Arrow compared to the grizzled, smart-ass one that I was hoping for, or thought I was going to get in one form or another. I think I’m in for the first 3 issues to give it a fair chance.
So what did you think?