Review: Future State: Superman of Metropolis #2
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Sean Lewis, Brandon Easton
Artists: John Timms, Valentine de Landro, Cully Hammer, Michael Avon Oeming
Colorists: Gabe Eltaeb, Marissa Louise, Laura Martin
Letterers: Dave Sharpe, Andworld Design
Reviewer: Tony Farina
Braincells, the advanced offshoot of the diabolical Brainiac, continues to lure Jonathan Kent down the wrong path-but things go from bad to this can’t get any worse when it appears it has also taken some manner of control over Supergirl! If the Kryptonians clash, nothing will be able to protect the bottled city of Metropolis! Meanwhile, inside the bottle itself, the Guardian is doing everything he can to stop the city from destroying itself from within, while Mister Miracle has discovered the trail of a strange signal that he doesn’t realize will take him to Warworld.
Unlike the last issue of this series, the main story is the best thing about Future State: Superman of Metropolis #2. The set up was pretty hard to handle, but this finish was excellent. I like the idea of a, to steal a phrase from another company, friendly, neighborhood Superman. More on this in my verdict.
The art across all three books is beautiful. I still think that Valentine wins the book with his Mister Miracle pages, but there is nothing weak about any of it. The work Timms does with Brainiac is stunning, haunting and I kind of love it. Also, check out Jon’s nightmare below. It is, well, nightmarish and perfect.
Well, Future State: Superman of Metropolis #2 was far from perfect. One had to comic hop from series to series to keep up with the back stories and I think that is crappy. Money is tight for a lot of people. Forcing them to buy a bunch of comics is problematic and why readers get crossover fatigue. Make a book with one story and stick with it.
I am going to go all old man Farina here, so hold on for a second. When I was a kid, comics were about the main character and his/her city. Sure, there would be some outsized villains now and again, but the point was for the good guy or good gal to care about his/her/their people. It was awesome. There could be an annual with some bigger story, but for the most part, the hero and the city shared an identity. If it took looking at the Future of the DC Universe to take a step back and let these stories be small and local, then that is a great thing. The Guardian and Mister Miracle stories were great reminders of that and those tales really affected the main, Jon Kent story. Who knows what will happen with any of these characters after this Future State run ends, but I enjoyed my time in Metropolis.