Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Danny Miki, Julio Ferreira and Oclair Albert
This book was one I’d been really looking forward to. It had been quite a while since I’d been this intrigued for a comic book to come out. In the last issue Superman did the unthinkable, he revealed to the world that he was in fact Clark Kent. After this cliffhanger, I’ve been waiting anxiously to see how the world reacts to this shocking revelation and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
First of all, I just want to say that the art in this book is phenomenal and I enjoyed it all a lot. Even the way the facial expressions of the characters look so authentic. Just phenomenal!
Starting off in Perry White’s office, we see Clark, Lois, Perry and Jimmy Olsen discussing the legal implications in Clark revealing his secret and how it’s going to effect the Daily Planet. We see Perry fire Clark only to rehire him as Clark AND Superman and even discuss what Clark wants his name to be on future bylines. It was a nice moment and stayed true to the character of Perry White, who whilst caring and kind, is also always looking out for how situations can benefit himself and the Daily Planet. We even got a funny little moment when Perry talks about how Superman working for the Daily Planet could bring it’s popularity to heights it’s never seen before and would only be more popular if Batman worked for them.
After that we see Clark head into the main office and be confronted by numerous fellow workers and in a really heart warming moment, he’s greeted by hugs from several of them as thanks for saving them in the past. Then as he flies away we see a group of civilians applauding him from below. I’m glad Bendis has gone down this road showing how much the American people appreciate him as it’s a nice change from seeing the negative repercussions from Clark’s secret unfolding. While I’m sure we’ll encounter the negatives soon, it was nice to experience the positives for a while.
The end of the book brought Mongul into the fold as he has taken serious issue with the new United Planets initiative, which in the midst of Clark revealing his secret, I’d forgotten all about… oops! The book ends with Mongul getting the better of Superman in battle with the next issue sure to continue their ongoing skirmish.
I actually really enjoyed this issue and it’s probably my favourite issue since Bendis took over as Superman writer. The moments we saw Clark share with his friends and colleagues in the Daily Planet truly illustrated what Superman was all about. I’m interested to see where we go from here with Mongul as the villain and hope to see him presented as a credible threat as that is something that’s been lacking recently after seeing Superman take him out with a single punch several issues ago.
Well, that’s my review on Superman #19, I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to let me know what you thought of the book in the comments!