Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth

DC

Mar 02, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice Bookmark and Share


For over 80 years, Superman has been one of the most powerful beings in American comics. Nigh invulnerable, endowed with super-speed, flight, laser eye beams, and a host of other abilities, there's little he can't do. Not the case in Before Truth, which finds the iconic hero at the mercy of fluctuating powers that render him more human than he's ever been while he simultaneously contends with the reveal of his secret identity. A book that explores any, let alone all, of this ought to be a definitive entry in the Superman canon. Unfortunately, as envisioned by writer Gene Luen Yang, it is simplistic and on the nose, devoid of depth and frustratingly flat. It succumbs to a lack of subtext and a profusion of tired jokes that prove as potent as Kryptonite. (www.dccomics.com)

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