Connect with us
Sideways Annual #1 Review

Comic Books

Sideways Annual #1 Review

“Imagine traveling from world to world.”

Sideways Annual #1 is a direct continuation of the events from Sideways #9. Writer Dan Didio is joined by co-writer Grant Morrison who returns to characters he breathed fresh life into: the New 52 version of Superman — in all his cuffed jeans and t-shirt glory — as well as the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Sideways teams with this Superman to aid him in saving the Seven Soldiers and thwart Perrus’ dark reign over the Unseen and their warped universe.

The issue feels like a typical Sideways outing, save for the extended pages, essentially allowing Didio and Morrison breathing room to flesh out the story at hand. Sideways Annual #1 effectively serves as the final chapter of the current story arc for Sideways, while simultaneously opening new possibilities for the Unseen and Superman.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!
Sideways Annual #1 Review

DC Comics

The story is well paced; however, the focus is placed squarely on the mysterious Kryptonian and the Seven Soldiers. Sideways issues #8 and #9 were positioning Perrus to be a worthy threat, only to have him beaten by falling debris. The demonic villain who ran roughshod over the Unseen was beaten… by rubble? Sadly, Perrus became an afterthought in the issue. It felt as the writers had to quickly wrap up the Perrus angle to gear the issue towards other characters meant to garner readers’ attention. What began as an A story arc promptly descended to a C story concluded in two panels.

Not to mention (and yet here I am saying it) some very awkward dialogue. Several of the interactions are written like something out of a 1940s radio serial. At one-point Gloriana actually utters “Sleep forever, Seventh Soldier,” but by far the most on-the-nose and cringey dialogue is delivered when Gloriana is pierced through her back with a sword. Her reaction? “Damn! That hurt!”

Despite a few setbacks, the issue does manage to steer the ship correctly. With each new issue Sideways continues to grow as a hero and fleshed out character in his own right. What began as a pure teleportation ability is being used in unique ways. The edges of the dimensional tears can be used as a cutting tool, and the sheer scope of Sideways portals are growing. The sword that pierced Gloriana was Sideway’s handy work. Sideways opens a gateway directly in the swords path, leading to a second portal positioned directly behind Gloriana. The result is similar to Spider-Man villain The Spot. More importantly, Sideways is budding into a respectable hero. Of all of DC’s “New Age of Heroes,” Sideways feels like he can seamlessly fit into the rest of DC proper.

Readers are left with two new narrative possibilities to consider. First, there are the Unseen, twisted versions of DC’s characters seeking a new home. The issue closes with the Unseen finding a new home in the current DC continuity Earth.

Sideways Annual #1 Review

DC COMICS

Secondly, there is the New 52 Superman. Clark flashes back to his original origins — at first glance, this appears to be the real Superman that first filled the early pages of DC’s New 52 initiative. How his existence is even possible remains to be seen. Rebirth seemingly removed the “New 52” version of the Superman. However, Sideways’ abilities allow him to transport through time, space, and dimensions. Subsequently, Sideways’ effects on the space-time continuum allow New 52 Superman’s existence to remain a possibility. The issue leaves the door open for future adventures of New 52 Superman; before Sideways makes his final teleportation, Clark’s final words foreshadow his future endeavors: “Imagine traveling from world to world.” He continues, “I might start by repairing the Dimensional Ark.” DC is no stranger to exploring the multiverse, but the possibilities for this particular Clark Kent remains to be seen.

Sideways Annual #1 does have a few minor hiccups but successfully continues to build on the ongoing journey of Derek James, DC’s neophile hero.

Sideways Annual #1 Review
Sideways Annual #1
Is it good?
Sideways Annual #1 does have a few minor hiccups but successfully continues to build on the ongoing journey of Derek James, DC’s neophile hero.
Sideways continues to be a compelling new addition to DC
New possibilities open up for "New 52 Superman" and the Unseen
The Perrus Narrative is an after thought
Stale dialogue feels out of place
7.5
Good

Join the AIPT Patreon

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Become a patron today to gain access to exclusive perks, such as:

  • ❌ Remove all ads on the website
  • 💬 Join our Discord community, where we chat about the latest news and releases from everything we cover on AIPT
  • 📗 Access to our monthly book club
  • 📦 Get a physical trade paperback shipped to you every month
  • 💥 And more!
Sign up today
Comments

In Case You Missed It

Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing

‘Cowboy Bebop: Supernova Swing’ review

Comic Books

X-Men Monday #172 - Steve Foxe Reflects on 'X-Men '92: House of XCII' X-Men Monday #172 - Steve Foxe Reflects on 'X-Men '92: House of XCII'

X-Men Monday #172 – Steve Foxe Reflects on ‘X-Men ’92: House of XCII’

Comic Books

'A.X.E.: Judgment Day' #5 changes Krakoa, resurrection, and the future of the X-Men 'A.X.E.: Judgment Day' #5 changes Krakoa, resurrection, and the future of the X-Men

‘A.X.E.: Judgment Day’ #5 changes Krakoa, resurrection, and the future of the X-Men

Comic Books

EXCLUSIVE Marvel Preview: X-Men #15 EXCLUSIVE Marvel Preview: X-Men #15

EXCLUSIVE Marvel Preview: X-Men #15

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup