Superman 78 #1
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Wilfredo Torres
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Dave Lanphear of A Larger World
The Rundown: A new threat discovers both Earth and Superman.
As Kal-El’s ship races away from Krypton, Joe-El and Lara will discover that something has been watching the planet and waiting for its end. Years later, Clark and Lois discuss his career at the Daily Planet and why he needs to start taking some chances. A sentiment that Perry echoes when he meets with Clark in his office.
When a mysterious object crashes into the streets of Metropolis, the city will discover a strange robot emerging from the wreckage. A robot designed to learn about the planet while also testing its defenses. When Superman shows up to fight the machine, it relays the information back to the being who sent it. A being who targets Earth and Superman.
The Story: Venditti crafts an elegantly simple and straightforward first issue for the man of steel. All of the character interactions and relationships have the earnest feel of the original film and the story feels like a natural progression of that world. What makes it work is that it doesn’t feel like a rehashing of the world created by Richard Donner. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and all of the elements work well to both re-introduce the reader to this particular world while also setting up new elements to expand it.
The Art: Torres has an engaging artistic style that perfectly matches the tone of the story as well as its era. The characters look great and the art does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the environments of the story.