Review by: Andrew Gaedele Superman #32 Written by: James Bonney Art by: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto Published by: DC Comics Released: 10/05/2017
What is this Superman returns today with issue #32, the conclusion to the Breaking Point arc.
It’s interesting to note that this arc was written done by the team behind New 52 Deathstroke, and not the current Rebirth Deathstroke team. To explain the difference in characterization of Deathstroke, there’s a little editor’s note that says “This issue takes place prior to Deathstroke #21.” This was a point of interest for those who read both Deathstroke and Superman, and a simple editor’s note tied things up nicely.
The Review This issue was not anything special, but it was entertaining enough and the arc was solid. Deathstroke makes a couple attempts on Lois’ life, and Superman stops him. On the surface, it’s pretty much the most basic Superman story anyone could write. But as the issue goes on, Superman (and by extension, the reader) gets hints that all is not what it seems. By the climax of the issue, Superman is presented with the age-old decision: kill Deathstroke to save Lois, or let Lois die and Deathstroke live. In the end, it’s revealed that Deathstroke never intended to kill Lois, and that Amanda Waller (of Suicide Squad fame) hired him to push Superman to his breaking point. Deathstroke is secretly amazed at Superman’s ability to not compromise his morals.
Final Thoughts Breaking Point was a surprisingly interesting mini arc right before the much anticipated Imperius Lex. The issues themselves weren’t really stand-out, but I give the arc a 7/10.
Catch me back next week with a review for Action Comics and The Oz Effect Part 3, and in two weeks for the beginning of Superman’s Imperius Lex arc.
This issue wasn't a stand-out, but I give it a 7/10