The Man of Steel #2
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Doc Shaner, Steve Rude and Jay Fabok
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Josh Reed
The issue begins with the destruction of Krypton and two being discussing the aftermath and what it means, including who might be to blame. Appa Ali Apsa is arguing about the destruction of the planet when Lord Gandelo asks the burning question; “Where was the Green Lantern of that sector?” It’s a question that’s been pondered and laid out before, but this time there seems to be the indication that the Lanterns absence might not have been a coincidence. This opens some interesting narrative doors that could be explored, especially when the conversation turns back to Rogol Zaar and how this was exactly what he wanted.
Back in the present, another mystery continues as the new City Desk reporter continues to dig into the one story no one seems to be covering; Where is Lois Lane? Everyone seems to want to ask Clark, but no one has decided to do so and Goode is becoming anxious, especially when she begins to wonder where Clark is. Superman is taking on Toy Man in Coast City when he gets an unexpected assist from Hal Jordan. As the two catch up, we get a glimpse at the events that led to Lois’ disappearance and the memory does not sit well with Clark.
It looks like things are going to get even more complicated for Clark when someone sees his symbol in a bar on the other side of the galaxy and becomes interested in it. This is the only part of the story that strains belief a little. Unless you have literally been living under a rock for decades, the reputation of Superman is one that has traveled far enough to be known by most creatures in the galaxy. Regardless, the story itself is engaging and there seems to be another mystery in the narrative itself that is balancing the other two. Something that makes this series worth reading.