Future State Superman vs Imperious Lex #1
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Steve Pugh
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr
Letters by Carlos M. Mangual
The Rundown: The United Planets meets to discuss the membership of a new planet. One ruled by Lex Luthor.
At their new headquarters in Metropolis, the United Planets meet to discuss the possible membership of a new planet. As the delegates meet, many move for a quick denial when they realize that the planet is Lexor and it is ruled by Lex Luthor. As representative Lois Lane moves to deny membership, the rules state that discussion is required and the representative from Oa calls for testimony from the one person who has visited Lexor, Superman.
Superman recounts the events that led him to the planet including facing off against advanced robot technology that both enslaves and steals from other worlds. His mission leads him to the planet where Lex is adored by the population and the man himself rules indefinitely. As Lex fumes over the presence of Superman on his planet, the population is quick to stand with Lex, but even Luthor realizes that his rule is tenuous and Superman makes an unexpected decision.
The Story: Mark Russell crafts an intriguing story in this first issue. All of the elements work and have interesting parallels to real life events and cultures. There is some great humor throughout the issue as well and the twists the story takes are both interesting and unexpected. I liked the fact that I didn’t know where the story was going and how Russell was able to subvert my expectations.
The Art: Steve Pugh delivers some great imagery in the issue. The story is character focused so the art does a great job of bringing emotion to the characters as well as a cold ominous blankness to Lex.