Superman ’78 #2
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Wilfredo Torres
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Dave Lanphear of A Larger World
The Rundown: Superman’s greatest enemy gets an unexpected visitor.
Luthor has been released from prison and a condition of his parole is to find a job. Unfortunately, the offers are not what he expected as the greatest criminal mind of our time and when he returns home he finds an unexpected burglar in the form of Superman. Clark decides to give Lex the chance to do some good and help him with the Brainiac skull he found, but as Superman leaves, Lex reveals that he’s up to his old tricks again.
When Lex discovers what Brainiac wants, he heads downtown as Brainiac himself arrives on the planet with an army to hunt down Superman. s the battle rages across the city, the Man of Steel finds himself out of options when Brainiac threatens the city and its citizens. His only option is to do something no one expected.
The Story: Venditti crafts a story that continues to keep the same themes and heart as the original films. The story is great and the comedy at the beginning with Lex was well done. It’s interesting to see how he is being incorporated into the story and what role he will have in it as it progresses. The Clark/Lois dynamic is a little weak, but there is definite room for it to evolve into something interesting. The action is great and the end of the issue is both compelling and intriguing.
The Art: Torres does great work with the art in the issue. The visuals are stunning and have a sense of fun with the characters.