While a bit slow in the middle, this initial arc of Superman has overall been a fun read. Let’s see what the finale has in store for us. Is it good?
Superman #6 (DC Comics)
It’s time for the final battle between Superman and Eradicator. While Lois and Jon head for cover, Superman is going all out to finally destroy this robot and protect his family. Will it be enough?
This was utterly fantastic from start to finish. It was exciting, had a lot of fantastic moments for Superman and his family, the characterization was great for the cast, and the ending was very satisfying. It felt like the comic brought most of the elements and plot points from this arc together well at the end, while also setting the stage for where the series can go from here. If the series were to end right here with everything that happened, it would be almost perfect. The story in this issue was executed perfectly and even though the arc dragged a bit to get to this point, the story came together well. The only thing missing was checking in with the neighbors from the first two issues and also the timeline of the issue in comparison to other DC comics, but that’s a nitpick.
The writing by Peter Tomasi was overall very good and there’s very little complain about. The pacing was good and no scene felt too short or went on too long. It could be said that we sort of sped through the last battle with the Eradicator, but that’s not a bad thing since Supes has been fighting him since #3. The dialogue was pretty good, especially during the family bonding moments, and rarely did it ever sound awkward or unnatural. The tone was far more upbeat than past issues, which makes sense and fits given the more triumphant feel of the story. The characterization was excellent and everyone felt in character. While Lois and Jon didn’t get to do much in this particular issue, the entire arc gave everyone plenty to do, so that’s fine. All in all, the writing was great on the issue.
I know that because I read the script!
Patrick Gleason drew the final issue of the story arc and like always, he did a fantastic job. The characters were all drawn very well, never oddly proportioned and capable of showing a wide range of emotion. The layouts were good and easy to follow, with some nice angles and shots in the panels. The action was incredible and exciting, with some really amazing, bombastic images (like the double team takedown of Eradicator). The colors were warm and helped convey a lot of the energy in the scenes. Like previous issues, it was great looing book from start to finish.
Is It Good?
Superman #6 is a great conclusion to the first arc. The story, writing, and artwork just came together almost perfectly here and it just left me excited for more in the future. If you are a Superman fan and have been waiting to see how the first arc plays out, then you should be pleased to know everything turned out great. This is one of the best Superman stories I’ve read in years–definitely give it a shot.
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