Superman Year One #2
DC Comics/ DC Black Label
Written by Frank Miller
Art by John Romita Jr
Inks by Danny Miki
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by John Workman
The Rundown: Clark’s journey of discovery will take him to a new land and a new love beneath the sea.
Clark’s decision to join the military will test his ability to blend in and stay unnoticed as the men training beside him struggle with the physical and psychological rigors of becoming elite Navy Seals. His natural abilities become a welcome asset to those looking to make him into a soldier, but a run along the coast will see the young hero drawn to the music of the mermaids.
Clark gives in to the call and meets a young princess who falls in love with both his power and his compassion. A romance that will pit the young Superman against the mad machinations of her father as he is challenged by the king and his forces in battles beneath the waves.
The Story: Frank Miller continues to tell the heroes journey from the ground level and that perspective adds some interesting and layered nuance to Clark as a person. His struggles are all too human in their frailty and Miller gives Clark some very real moral dilemmas to face especially when the young soldier is tasked to kill. Miller’s handling of that moment opens some new avenues of storytelling for this series and I am interested in seeing where this story and the evolution of Clark goes next.
The Art: John Romita Jr. delivers some stunning art in this issue. It’s impressive to see how the art reflects the physical and emotional growth of the character.