Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: Superman’s quest for a return to normalcy in his life with hit an intergalactic snag.
Lois is in the middle of a power nap when she wakes up to find her husband casually lounging in the bed thinking. After having a heart to heart, an alert will bring Superman to the Fortress of Solitude where his systems are tracking an anamoly heading straight for him.
With hours before the potential threat arrives, Superman heads back to Metropolis and has a talk with some of the staff of the Daily Planet about recent events and how he’s ensured that the building stay safe while he’s there. When the anonamly changes course to head straight for the Daily Planet, Superman decides to meet the threat head on, but the creature who attacks him forces him to move the fight to the Phantom Zone so Clark can get answers.
The Story: Bendis does a great job of starting off strong and ending that way as well. As interesting as the story telling is, the story is unbalanced at times. Everything with Superman dealing with the fallout of his reveal at work to the introspective time he spent with Lois is great. I like the fact that the threat has targeted him personally and how he has to meet it, but Synmar is still a boring, lifeless character and this issue solidified that fact by not having it speak. It’s almost like the reader isn’t supposed to care about this creature one way or the other. If that’s what Bendis is going for, he’s succeeding.
The Art: Ivan Reis makes every action sequence look epic. The fight is big, bright and bold. The quiet moments are beautifully rendered. I just wish I cared more about the antagonist.