Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Published by DC Comics
The Brian Michael Bendis era of writing Superman is coming to an end and not a moment too soon.
Honestly, he wrote himself into a corner and had no plan as how to get out of it. This is evident in his latest storyline here as all of the tension is gone and this is falling flat.
Superman goes up against the villainous Synmar at the start of the issue.
They are ready to go at it and fight! Synmar is just another generic villain that Bendis has created and there is nothing new here.
The first three pages just show Superman and Synmar about to fight.
That is when Bendis becomes Bendis and the story flashes back to “yesterday.” Ugh. We are treated to a scene between Lois and Clark that is boring as can be. This is to remind everyone that Clark is human and to give him some “character.”
It is forced, however and it certainly feels that way.
The fight between Superman and Synmar continues. It is so dull that I could barely care. The story also has a few more dips to the past. At a certain point, I just lost interest.
It just gets more and more dull as each issue progresses.
Brian Michael Bendis is a great writer. He just isn’t a good Superman writer.
The art by Ivan Reis is very good. With another writer he could do great things with this character.
Truly, I am looking forward to a new writer on this book. That day cannot come soon enough.