Connect with us
Superman #26 Review

Comic Books

Superman #26 Review

Superman #26 is a pleasant enough fill-in issue, but after the dramatic “Black Dawn” storyline, it’s disappointing.


Superman #26 Review

Superman #26 is a pleasant enough fill-in issue, but after the dramatic “Black Dawn” storyline, it’s disappointing. Before Superman, Lois and Jonathan Kent head out on a road trip in the next issue, writer Michael Moreci stands in for Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason to tell a small-scope story about Superman’s ongoing efforts to be a better parent in “Brain vs. Brawn.”

Here’s the official synopsis from DC Comics:

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

Superman and Superboy’s teamwork is off and Clark is at a loss for how to fix it. Maybe an old trick Pa pulled when Clark was a boy might help get the father-son team get back on the right track!

This is yet another issue where Superman worries about being an inadequate parent for Jon. While they’re fighting together, they have struggled to stay on the same page and Supes assumes that Jon is using his brawn, not his brain. He seeks guidance from Lois, and realizes that there was a lesson in his memory banks from Pa Kent that can come in handy years later. Just as Pa Kent realized before, Superman has to let Jon make his own mistakes and learn from them to become a better person.

The art in the issue is by Scott Godlewski (Copperhead, The Lost Boys), who is going to be taking over art duties for the next Superman arc, “Road Trip.” It’s a good preview of how he’ll handle Superman, finding a middle ground between Gleason’s stylized look and the serious tone Doug Mahnke brought in “Black Dawn.”

Superman #26 Review

Godlewski’s scenes in Smallville are gorgeous, with wonderful colors from Hi-Fi. If you thought things got too dark in “Black Dawn,” this issue will brighten your day. The design for the random alien baddies Superman and Superboy fight are also fun.

“Brain vs. Brawn” is a nice short story, but doesn’t really push anything forward. Superman has been insecure when it comes to parenting for a while, constantly comparing himself to his Pa. He learned a great deal about his son in “Black Dawn” and the single lesson in this issue probably didn’t need 22 pages to explain. Sometimes it might be better for DC to just delay an issue instead of pushing out a fill-in.

Superman #26 Review
Is it good?
This is a skippable issue of Superman, published only as a stop-gap when the new "Road Trip" arc was delayed.
The art from Scott Godlewski fits Superman perfectly.
A return to Smallville and Superman's past brightens things up after "Black Dawn."
It's a fill-in issue that doesn't really push the story forward. It feels like Superman has been questioning his abilities as a parent for a while and that continues here.
6
Average

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

The evolving queerness of 'Young Avengers': the Heinberg and Cheung era The evolving queerness of 'Young Avengers': the Heinberg and Cheung era

The evolving queerness of ‘Young Avengers’: the Heinberg and Cheung era

Comic Books

X-Force #14 X-Force #14

‘X-Force’ #14 review

Comic Books

Sea of Sorrows #1 Sea of Sorrows #1

‘Sea of Sorrows’ #1 review

Comic Books

DC Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #11 DC Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #11

DC Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #11

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup