Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: Superman and Synmar battle across the Phantom Zone as Lois gets an unexpected visitor.
The battle between Synmar and Superman continues. Even after taking the alien into the Phantom Zone, its need to fight is not only not diminshed, but gain in intensity. Even villains like Xa-Du are not safe from the wrath of Synmar as he continues the battle without pause or any sense that Clark’s attempts at communication are working.
With nothing changing in the fight other than the deadliness of its stakes, Superman decides on a new tactic. One that will bring him to a new and unknown part of the universe to stand in judgement by forces unknown. At the same time, Lana arrives to talk to Lois about some of the things concerns she has about her article.
The Story: There is some great action in this issue. There are also some great character moments from Superman. Bendis does a good job of reminding the reader why Superman is an endearing and enduring character. Unfortunately, Superman being interesting is all this story has. I keep fighting to find a reason to care about this Synmar storyline and I can’t. There is nothing new or intriguing about this character to make this story anything more than a series of fight scenes leading to a bland conclusion.
The Art: Ivan Reis’ art is amazing. There is a vibrancy and energy to the imagery and all of the details throughout are beautifully done.