Everyone has some. Some more than others. To a degree, everyone wants it. Be it the power to run the world, a country, state/province/territory, a city, or power to conquer their enemies, or even will power to simply stand up in the face of any form of adversity. It’s something the human condition strives to have. Some of us find power in controlling our “loved” ones, others, in more financial conditions. So what happens when a being short of being a God, decides to use his unlimited power to help humanity? Well, you get Superman, and you get this story.
Power is clearly the theme for the second volume, which very much feels like it’s going to be a 3 volume part story (hopefully). A lot of the ideas introduced in Vol. 1 are brought back to carry the story. It’s done in such a grounded way, yet again, J.M.S. continues to question the moral code of Superman. I don’t know if it was initially introduced through the original movie (“Superman: The Movie” with Chris Reeves), but one of the things instilled in Clark is that he shouldn’t impose his will on to the people. He should walk among them, and seem like them, even though he clearly isn’t. There’s actually 2 great moments to reflect that and you get into Clark’s mind and you see that he thinks just like us. You know when you see something stupid or “unjust” and you just want to slap them? Well, the difference is Superman has heat vision.
The villain chosen for this volume, is none other than Parasite, and let me just say, he’s by far the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in this medium.Everything about his look just freaks you out. I think I even read a bit faster so I could turn the page a bit faster when he was on. His back story is a bit intriguing. Sadly it did sort of come off a bit typical, but it does play a part that I will comment on later. If I’m not mistaken, there are two alternate identities to the character “Parasite” and do believe this to be the “original” one, Raymond Jensen, who gets his powers almost the same way, minus a few details from the original source. He teaches Clark that if even for a moment he forgets how strong he is, there can be dire consequences.
Which brings me to probably the highlight of this book. For a moment he*SPOILER * loses his powers and goes on this whole “rant”, for lack of a better term, and he just realizes how strong as a race we really are when you boil down how dangerous our everyday life is. I think in that moment, which is beautifully crafted, you could really see how and why he is Earth’s greatest champion. Then, there’s a part later when he takes the accident of him losing powers and Parasite’s strength. How fragile he has to be when dealing with “us”, and the overall sacrifice of him being so strong. How being intimate with someone else is really risky for him… well, her when a her is relevant. In addition to that, there is a moment that really defines the character, if not, then the character J.M.S has chosen to write/create. Superman is an immigrant who, at the end of the day, doesn’t judge people for their life choices. He saves all, good and bad, and is willing to befriend the same way. On the surface, he doesn’t care. Internally, he may have formed an opinion, but that’s only assuming. It’s a good way to live… Accept those for who they are, and read the actions directed to you in the favour of your well being and or, against.
Bottom Line: Fantastic, easy read with more things that should be in a Superman book now with todays way of life. I’d love to see this be the sequel to Man Of steel but I’m sure most, if not all, of the concepts in this book will be brought up in the Man Of Steel film. Definitely worth picking up.
Overall rating of the comic: 8 out of 10,
Art: 8.8 out of 10,
layout*: 10 out of 10,
True to character dialogue: 8.5 out of 10,
Story: 8 out of 10,
Continuity? Well its out of normal continuity, so it works, but in general, from panel to panel, it is pretty solid.
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