Superman ’78 #4
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Wilfredo Torres
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by David Lanphear
The Rundown: Superman tries to find a way to live his new life in Kandor as Lext issues a challenge to Brainiac.
As Brainiac prepares for the next planet that requires his intervention, Jor-El prepares the Kryptonian survivors for their new leader Superman. Clark finds his new role daunting as demands are constantly made of his time and presence. Jor-El tries to get his son to accept the life they now lead as Clark realizes that he needs to escape. At the same time, Lex Luthor bring Lois to his secret lab to show her the device he created to communicate with Superman across the stars.
Brainiac intercepts the message and decides that Earth is enough of a threat that he must return to deal with it. As Brainiac’s ship returns to Earth, Jor-El realizes that the technology used to communicate with Lois and Lex could be the very thing they need to escape. As Clark works with his parents on a means for him to escape, Brainiac decides that Metropolis will become part of his collection.
The Story: Venditti continues to craft a thrilling and entertaining story in this issue. There is a great tone to the story that reminds the reader of the world Donner created with the original film and that tone continues to imbue the character with hope and humor. I like the pace of the story immensely and the evolution of Luthor continues to be fun.
The Art: Torres delivers some great art in the issue. The story is brilliantly character focused and the art delivers that with close ups and great character interactions.