Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: Superman has a final confrontation with the Synmar Utopica.
Superman has been taken to the planet Synmar on the other side of the galaxy as the being who took him returns to his planet. As the alien tells the planet what he has done, a delegation from the planet explains to Superman what has been happening and agrees to distract the Synmar Utopica in order to allow Clark to escape. Believing there is another way to stop the Utopica, Clark asks for help.
At the same time, Lana’s story runs and it breaks down her relationship with Clark as well as what Lois has been working on in her book about her husband. Ready to face the Synmar Utopica again, Superman springs into action but this fight will have a different outcome when an unexpected delegation appears.
The Story: There are a lot of ideas going on in this issue and that is the problem. This entire issue felt like a jumbled mess of ideas that hit or miss at several key moments. The biggest problem is the Synmar Utopica. Not only is the character still a blank, empty shell with no purpose, drive, motivation or personality, but everything that happens on and around the planet is an incomprehensible mess that does nothing to engage the reader. The Lana Lang portions of the story and the end were great moments that deserved more than the rest of the story they bookended.
The Art: Ivan Reis delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. Reis has a firm grasp on the power and majesty of the character and that comes across in the imagery.