I have the latest issue...its the worst so far, *puff of the cheeks* lets get to it.Superman #18Cover
: Really poor cover, 'dialled in' by the artist. Virtually no background, Superman, Lois & Jon with Krypto. Does nothing to excite anyone and its not especially well drawn either - that said it does reflect what happens in the story...which is almost nothing. Pink background hints at idyllic (non-threatening) storyline, somewhat at odds with what happens.Interior Art
: Hovers between 'weak to okay' BUT I do like that (for the most part) it LOOKS like a comic book.
The opening page is totally rubbish - basically squiggles and colours - waste of a page (although this whole issue is so decompressed its practically a waste of an issue). The artist(s) involved should look at some classic Kirby to see how to draw an interesting space scene because this was the opposite of an interesting space scene.
Not very keen on the artist doing the prologue, but the interior art for the main story is well drawn, albeit the content itself is flimsy.
Page 4-5 DPS: Presumably the prison cell of the person who broke out of Mr Oz's prison. We don't know who that is but he seems to be obsessed by Superman with all the graffiti on the walls. Half the illustration is in complete shadow (again cutting corners) and I couldn't glean any hints from the graffiti.
Page 9: Almost a full splash page of the other Superman (mostly silhouetted by the moon) talking to Krypto. I quite like this image, its striking even though its very basic. Makes that Superman seem sinister.
Page 15: Splash Page of Jonathan in the house which is seemingly on fire with white flame. Composition is pretty good and the angle makes it seem spooky. I like this on an artistic level but I don't think what's happening merits a splash page.Design
: We see Mr Oz's prison but most of it isn't very clearly drawn or designed to get a good look at anything. The Geography is badly established, scale is badly established and no reason is given to why one building (the damaged one) is much bigger than the rest. Does each building house multiple inmates, does each house one inmate...nothing is established.Story
: Its all about the setup here - in more ways than one.
Firstly, the Prologue; where we see 'someone' has escaped Mr. Oz's prison, IS the most interesting part of the book (and even then its poorly staged). I think the writer knew the teaser was the only interesting part and that's why the previews for this issue all made a big deal about it - of course none of this is explored in the rest of the book, so basically what we have is a 5 page teaser for something happening in a future issue.
Secondly, the rest of the story, in a nutshell: the other Superman leaves the Kent's an anniversary present (a photo album of the family history) and it (SPOILER WARNING) seemingly erases Superman's son Jonathan from reality. This is dragged out to an unbelievable degree.
I don't know whats to blame here, whether its the two issue per month schedule; a lack of space for the writer to tell a tale or something else but I am four issues in and I am MASSIVELY disappointed; worst of all its boring.Pacing
: I counted 63 panels, it feels more like 33. Decompressed would be an understatement. 15 pages from the Kent's sitting at home until Jonathan disappears (from reality).Advertisements
: Again with the fucking ads for DCs other titles interrupting the story. Really starting to annoy me now. Image titles don't suffer like this - they put their ads at the back...and you know what because of that I would actually look at the ads. But here its just annoying.Action Scenes
: There are none. Verdict
-1/10Yes you read right, that's a MINUS ONE out of TEN! I'm through mollycoddling this Rebirth stuff.
+/- Interior Art...some decent panels and it looks like a comic book.
- Cover...weak, lazy and does nothing to sell me on the comic.
- Design...the prison prologue design looked weak.
- Story...all set-up that could have been handled inside 5 pages rather than a full issue.
- Pacing...horribly decompressed and with only 63 panels
- Action...there is none.
- Advertisements...annoying as per usual.
...I'm giving TOMASI two more issues to turn me around or I am done with Superman. If he can't impress me with even one issue in six then I'm wasting my time and money no longer. I'm interested in this Mr. Oz 'angle' but everything else is poor and it seems they are going to drag this out for months.