Review by: Andrew Gaedele Superman #34 Written by: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art by: Ed Benes, Jack Herbert, Dinei Ribeiro Published by: DC Comics.
What is this Superman 34 is here this week to continue the Imperius Lex arc. Not only that, but it’s the 800th issue of Superman overall, which is really cool. This issue includes a really great variant cover of Superman breaking some Kryptonite chains. Also, since we are now in November, we are in the same month as Justice League. Hype! As for this Superman issue, here’s a hint: it’s pretty good.
The Review Superman continues to please in issue 34. Many people were excited for the Imperius Lex arc, and the first issue proved them right. This second issue is no different. Essentially, three stories are happening at once: Lois Lane becomes a Female Fury of Apokolips, Lex Luthor reveals he is not chosen one of Apokolips’ prophecy (Clark is!?), and Jon runs away from some guards with mean dogs.
The bulk of the issue involves Lois getting captured by the Furies, but when the whole group is attacked by a worm monster, Lois fights alongside them. This proves her worth to Granny Goodness, who names the newest member of the Furies. You can already see the gears turning in Lois’ head as she plans to use the situation to her advantage. Seeing badass Lois is always a pleasure, especially when it involves her joining up with some of the most vicious killers in the DC Universe.
Lex’s story is cool, but not quite as exciting in terms of action. In the Darkseid War arc of the New 52, Lex travels to Apokolips and takes over, literally becoming the next Darkseid. Once he’s got all the power, though, he runs off back to Earth -- and the denizens of Apokolips are not happy about it. He reveals that he lied to get power, but then summons Superman to him. Clark is mad and wants to know what the deal is. Again, not much action, but some intriguing political drama that’s sure to spin out into more chaos in the upcoming issues.
Jon’s story is pretty short, and just involves him interacting with some people who are warriors or guards or something. They want to eat him, so he jumps off a cliff to escape them. I feel like Jon’s trek through Apokolips may bring him in contact with his mom, who will have to react to him as if she were a true Fury. Should be cool in the upcoming issues.
This issue gets an 8/10 from me. The arc as a whole is shaping up to be epic.