The last 6 issues of Superman were kind of intense. The first two issues mostly introduced Clark Kent’s family, including Clark and Lois’s son, Jon, but then the Eradicator came and tried to eradicate Jon’s human half. After the intense battle that occurred in Superman 5 and 6, it’s nice to get a downtime issue, and what better way to do that than for Clark’s family to go to the county fair under the promise that he wouldn’t do any Superman stuff?
This comic, written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, is just fun. There isn’t much to talk about without spoiling the fun, but it’s nice to see Clark living a normal day with his family. Thrown into the mix is a cow contest of some sort with the neighbor’s cow being entered, a game that Jon pretends to be too physically weak to win (despite having a touch of Clark’s powers) and of course a bit of a situation involving robbers. The dialogue is well balanced between touches of character development, Jon being cute, and a last page that is quite funny.
Jorge Jimanez’s art is also good. The opening page shows a montage of Superman helping a number of other heroes, complete with a lot of environmental details and glimpses of either Superman flying or his shadow, along with the heroes’ grateful faces (well, except for Batman). The fair is complete with a number of rides in the background, a variety of customers and all sorts of booths. Facial expressions do a great job at conveying emotions, like Clark’s suspicious look when he spots something questionable, Jon’s total bliss when he’s eating food, and Lois’s changing expressions on the last page when … just read it to find out. Alejandro Sanchez’s colouring is also great. It really helps make this comic feel like a state fair, with all the bright lights in the background, the flashy displays and great use of shadow work.
I considered reviewing the first two issues of Night of the Monster Men, but with so many comics picked up this week, I don’t think I have the mental energy. In a way though, this comic is more fun to talk about. This series as a whole is well-balanced between superhero action, drama and fun, and if the first 7 issues are anything to go by, this series will be delightful for a while. As a one-off issue, this is also a great place to start if you’re curious. Check it out.