Superman Year One #3
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: A chance encounter will send the man of steel to a new city and his ultimate destiny.
His Atlantean adventures behind him, Superman finds a new adventure when reporter Lois Lane finds herself sinking to the bottom of the ocean in a damaged ship under attack. When Clark retrieves her and brings her safety, saving her life, he finds himself staring down the weapons of some of the men he trained with in the military. His former colleagues find it difficult to subdue him and when he escapes from them, his encounter with Lois prompts him to go back to school and eventually Metropolis.
After making a name for himself by stopping crime in the city, a hostage situation will bring him face to face with Lex Luthor. Their meeting will begin a series of changes in the young heroes life. Changes that will put him in conflict with the Batman from Gotham City and an Amazonian goddess.
The Story: There is a lot to like in this issue. It does a great job of tying back to the previous parts while forging ahead to new and interesting stories. While the Superman aspects of the story is entertaining and engaging, Miller’s interpretation of Batman is lacking on all aspects. It’s like Miller has a deep disdain for the character and goes out of his way to make Batman uninteresting, unlikable and weird. The story would almost be better served by leaving the character out.
The Art: John Romita Jr’s art is great and there are several beautifully detailed and vibrant moments throughout the story.