I just finished reading the first issue of The Coming of the Supermen the newest DC Comic series by veteran artist/storyteller Neal Adams, and I hate to say this, but this series feels very similar to Batman Odyssey. If you never read Batman Odyssey here is just one of the many gems you missed:
Yeah, you’re seeing that right – it’s Batman riding a freaking pterodactyl. Your’e welcome, bat-fans and dinosaur lovers.
Regardless of my feelings towards the drug enduced train-wreck that was Batman Odyssey, I decided to give Mr. Adams a second chance because…well…everyone deserves a second chance, even Mr. Adams. Plus, I wanted to see what bat**** crazy Superman story he had up his sleeve. I mean it’s not like there would be a dinosaur wearing platform shoes that has the ability to stop time in his Superman story…right? Ah, $#!% there was.
Before I get to the disco dinosaur and all of the craziness that is in this issue, you have to understand something about Mr. Adams’ storytelling style. He is the kind of storyteller that goes for shock-an-awe moments hoping that your interest is peaked to continue turning pages without really giving you any answers. I know this because he’s said it (in not so many words) during interviews. If you don’t believe me just look at how he plotted out this issue.
The issue begins with a bunch of guys dressed up like Superman crash-landing in Iowa while a group of parademons led by Kalibak are burrowing behind Lexcorp tower. Ok, a lot of questions have been raised – time for some answers, right?
The story then jumps to the Middle East where Superman is rescuing a family, and a kid with a dog from wayward missiles. That’s all ok until the dinosaur-gargoyal-bat thing in platform shoes shows up out of nowhere.
For those of you too young to know what platform shoes are here is what I’m talking about.
No, seriously that thing has to be wearing platform shoes because it has them on in other panels throughout the issue.
Groovy Mr. Adams…just groovy.
So the Green Goblin, or whatever it is, tells Superman he must take the kid and his dog back to the United States because…we never find out because a reason is never given by the Green Giant. Ah, Mr. Adams you keep the mysteries coming so that we turn the page, but by this point in the story, my interest was starting to fade.
For some reason, Superman sides with the green dude and kidnaps the kid taking him back to Metropolis with him. Disguised as Clark Kent, Superman and the kid (who knows Supes is Clark Kent now) show up at a news broadcast where Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are covering the battle that is taking place between the Supermen from Iowa and the invaders from Apokolips. The crazy thing is that everyone is cool with Clark showing up with a random kid. No one questions it. It’s almost like they are use to Clark driving around in a van luring kids into it to then taking them to random events with him.
The issue ends by Superman helping the Supermen defeat the invaders and then subsequently traveling back in time with the deformed Martian Manhunter to ancient Egypt were it is reveled that Darkseid’s father used slaves to build the sphinx.
The hook at the end of the issue is this:
Yeah, um…I could care less.
I know this is a pretty harsh review but it deserves it. The art is scribbly, the dialogue is poor, and the storyline is uninteresting. To be fair, there are moments in the issue that have a fun golden age feel to them, but they are rare and interrupted by weird plot points. Mr. Adams has done a lot for comics and comic creators, and his contribution to comics is unprecedented, but I think there has to be a point when you know your done, and I think Mr. Adams may have reached that point. Consume Review Repeat gives The Coming of the Supermen 3 out of 10 kryptonite bullets to the heart.