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Superman Smashes the Klan #3 Review

Strong conclusion, epic origins, and a peaceful message.

This historic miniseries has come to a conclusion and I have to say that I am very pleased with the overall story and conclusion.  Miniseries are scary sometimes as we know they are finite and some don’t stick the landing, but the overall pace between issues here was perfect, and the reveals were great.  I’m sure there will be a collected edition of this at some point and will probably read even better when you have the complete story.  I’m so glad about the consistency between issues by the overall creative team and the theme of the story.

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This issue really opened things up big time — Superman learns a lot about him and comes to terms with it.  Not only is he facing a race war in Metropolis but he also has to deal with the fact that he is an alien.  There are two scenes that really stick out to me in this issue. The first is Superman coming to terms with accepting his alien heritage.  It was very endearing when he goes to Ma and Pa Kent and asks them to not let anything change, and then he gets a moment with Jor-El and Lara which was great…now he is a man of two worlds but has strong bonds with both. 

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The second scene that popped out to me was the concluding battle where Superman finally flies.  It is such a powerful scene and the way Superman is drawn, he looks very menacing, which helps to add to the fact that people might not accept him.  Gene Luen Yang does such a great job with his script and word choice — the speeches are very empowering.  The thoughts of the characters are very sincere and it makes them interesting, which helps to add to the validity of this story since this would come from a different continuity. 

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The art by the team of Gurihiru is just beautiful. This is animated series type stuff, but just gives off a timeless feeling which is perfect for this yesteryear tale.  I know there has been some talk of adapting this storyline to another medium, and with DC doing animated movies I hope they keep Gurihiru onboard to help with the visuals.  So if you’re looking for a great coming of age story, for both Superman and the other characters, I would highly recommend this three part miniseries.

Is it good?
Fantastic conclusion and showcase of the moments you've been waiting for, including lots of firsts for Superman. The children in this story also are very strong characters and you care about their struggles as well. If you want an adventure with growth along with positivity and hope, here is an adventure worthy of Superman.
Gene Luen Yang does an amazing job with the pacing and creates honest characters and struggles
Gurihiru is creating some timeless art in the vein of Batman: The Animated Series
An amazing coming of age story with a great conclusion

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