Comic Binge Review: Adventures of Superman #1-9

This is a digital anthology with different artists/writers for each story as they take on Superman. If you’re getting the print issue then the set up is different than the digital. Print Issue #1 will have stories 1-3, Print Issue #2 will have stories 4-6 and Print Issue #3 will have stories 7-9.

#1: VIOLENT MINDS

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Writer: Jeff Parker. Artist: Chris Samnee. Colorist: Matthew Wilson. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Bryan Hitch and David Baron. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 4 out of 5. Art Score: 5 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: A Must Read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

It’s hard to determine what’s a spoiler and what isn’t in terms of how I want to approach this review. The logical thing to do is to start with the art which I loved. Chris Samnee’s style reminded me of the 1940s Fleischers Superman series. It felt classic and conveyed innocence? Fun? Inspiring? Whatever it was, the art looked like it was meant to be in a Superman comic.

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It’s interesting that I describe the art that way since the story isn’t really what I’d describe “fun”. The story is, however, about Superman trying to save someone who is ultimately causing the problem and the destruction in the first place because that’s what Superman does. It was a great first issue and perfect for newbies to comics and to the character but also a great reminder of who the character is.

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#2: FORTRESS

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Writer: Jeff Lemire. Artist: Jeff Lemire. Colorist: Jose Villarrubia. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Bryan Hitch and David Baron. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 4 out of 5. Art Score: 4 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: A Must Read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I love this story so much because it gets right into the heart of why so many people are such fans of Superman even after 75 years. It’s light and fun story that I suggest people read for sure (this is something I’ll suggest for a lot of the stories in this post). Superman takes on multiple villains in here and that’s all I’ll be saying so I don’t spoil anything. Jeff Lemire writes and draws this particular story which is fitting given that today is Canada Day and he’s Canadian! I’m not a huge fan of his style in regards to art but it does feel like it fits this type of story well.

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#3: BIZARRO’S WORST DAY

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Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Riley Rossmo. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Bryan Hitch and David Baron. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 4 out of 5. Art Score: 4 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: A Must Read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I liked the story but really liked the art. You had cool panel structures like this:

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I’ve seen panels like this before and used in similar matters but it’s always nice to see. There are more examples that I personally haven’t seen before but can’t show because they’re spoilery but I love the color decisions for this story and the way the fight scenes are drawn.

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Yes, a rare occasion these days to see Superman’s signature curl! Loved seeing it again. The story uses Bizarro well and plays with the understand of words/language.

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#4: THE BOTTLE CITY OF METROPOLIS

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Writer: J.M. DeMatteis. Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Sal Buscema. Colorist: Tony Aviña. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Tony Aviña. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 4 out of 5. Art Score: 4 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: A Must Read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Not much to say about this without being repetitive or spoilery. Good story and the work is okay. It’s in line with the general theme of this digital anthology.

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#5: SLOW NEWS DAY

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Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov. Artist: Joëlle Jones. Colorist: Nick Filardi. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Tony Aviña. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 4.5 out of 5. Art Score: 4.5 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: A Must Read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Another favourite because we get to see Lois finally! It’s such a fun story with Lois and Clark making a friendly bet that turns into a busy day for Superman. We get to see more of Clark Kent in this story as well. The art makes Lois visually the spunky reporter that we know her to be without her having to say anything. It was just a great story.

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#6: BEST INTENT

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Writer: Bryan J.L. Glass and Michael Avon Oeming. Artist: Michael Avon Oeming. Colorist: Nick Filardi. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Tony Aviña. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 3 out of 5. Art Score: 3 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: Casual Perusal.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Not my favourite of the stories. The art reminds me of Picasso’s style a bit:

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It didn’t jump out me among the others but I did really like the end.

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#6-9: FASTER THAN A BULLET

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Writer: Matt Kindt. Artist: Stephen Segovia. Colorist: Jay David Ramos. Letterer: Wes Abbott. Cover: Stephen Segovia and Jay David Ramos. Publisher: DC Comics. Type: Ongoing. Digital First. Writing Score: 5 out of 5. Art Score: 4 out of 5. Cover Score: 4 out of 5. Recommendation: A Must Read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I really enjoyed this 3 part story but it’s not a surprise given that I’m a huge Matt Kindt fan. Writing was awesome with two parellel stories happening simultaneously.  One focuses on Superman’s typical day and the other is about Lois Lane and Lex Luther’s cafe meeting. I loved that there is a different colour palette for Lois’ story: light purples and blues for people with light pinks and yellows for the background.

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I loved this one  a lot.

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That’s the end of my comic binge review.

A. A. Omer

I’ve grown up with the comic book characters we all know and love but I finally got into comics with the launch of DC’s NEW 52 in 2011. These opinions are mine and mine alone…unless, you know, you agree which will then mean it’s OUR opinion but disagreeing is totally fine too. Ratings may lay heavily on writing and plot rather than art since I’m not an art expert.

One thought on “Comic Binge Review: Adventures of Superman #1-9

  1. I’m not a huge Superman fan but I like the idea of individual stories by different writers. Plus I love Jeff Lemire. I may need to check these out.

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