Review by: Andrew Gaedele Superman #34 Written by: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art by: Travis Moore, Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert Published by: DC Comics
The Review Man, this arc is fun. It’s got action, a well-paced story, great character moments, and some laughs. I really have no idea where the story is going, and I’m 100% okay with that. It’s like a wild ride featuring characters you love.
This issue features more of Jon and more of Superman and Lex. It’s a bit Lois-lite, but she still gets her share of the action. The beginning of the issue throws us right into the action with Superman and Lex escaping the Apokoliptian acolytes. Soon, we switch perspectives and watch Jon free some of the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips from their former masters who were going to cook and eat them. He rides off with his new friends in search of his parents. Pretty soon, Superman and Lex are captured by Kalibak.
. Granny Goodness and her Furies (including the disguised Lois) show up to challenge Kalibak, and in the chaos, Lois frees Clark. Kalibak’s gun that is powered by the fire pits shoots off, venting the fire pits, and for the first time ever, Apokolips gets chilly. Finally, as Kalibak attacks Superman and Lois attacks Kalibak, Jon rides in (literally) with the Hunger Dogs cavalry.
I never knew I needed to see Jon ride a humongous dog into battle. I never knew I wanted to see Lois Lane slap the son of Darkseid. This issue is full of wonderful surprises. The war for control on Apokolips seems to have three or four sides at the moment: Kalibak wants to find Darkseid, Granny Goodness thinks Darkseid is dead, the “citizens” of Apokolips believe that Superman is the new ruler, and then there’s some mercenaries off by themselves who aren’t sure who they want to support. Seeing all the plotlines weaving in and out of each other will make the next issue even more satisfying. I can’t wait to see where this goes. Please let Jon take a hunger dog puppy home as a brother or sister to Krypto.