Superman #209 review

“For Tomorrow Part 6”

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Pencilled by: Jim Lee
Inked by: Scott Williams
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Asst Editor: Casey Seijas
Editors: Eddit Berganza and Will Dennis

So when this creative team was announced, I was excited, as was just about everyone else who read comics. At the very least, we all were interested to see what would happen. You have an artist who is one of (if not the) best in the business right now, and a writer who is one of the most offbeat, but very compelling working in comics. Most know Azzarello from his Vertigo work, so it was going to be at least a little interesting to see how he took on THE superhero.

When this run started, I was quite taken at just how different it was from any other Superman story I had ever read. It was a different kind of book, and a different kind of hero than I had read in any of my 15 years reading of this character. And you know what? That was cool…..for about 2 months. I was hooked on the existentialst take on Superman, and thought the itital hook of Lois being dead was nice. I then tired of it rather quickly, because NOTHING HAPPENED!!! But I just kept telling myself, and other comic fans to stay tuned, because I had faith in Azzarello to pay off. After all, that is what he is known for in 100 Bullets. Lots of set up, and then a big pay off. But after the months have gone on, I have really begun to lose faith in this story.

As for this here issue, things do happen…but they’re so weird, and so lackluster (even for monsters) that I just don’t care. We are halfway thru the story, and stil, we have no idea what is going on. Superman stops bad things from happening each month, and then talks with his Priest frend about being a hero, and the evil in the world, and where is comes from and so on…but so what?

Don’t get me wrong, the book is still very good looking. Because of Jim Lee, it could be the best looking book out there, but frankly, that’s not enough. When he was on Batman, regardless if you thought HUSH worked overall, it was still great to see Jim Lee draw everyone in the Bat-verse, wasn’t it? But here we get him drawing Superman, and some monsters. Yeah, Wonder Woman shows up in the last scene for…uhm…some reason. But that’s it.

I have been very disappointed in this story, and in particular this issue. I still remain hopeful that things will turn around, and yeah, I’ll probably buy it until the end of the story, but for the love of god, please let something happen plot wise. I’m all for introspection, but enough!

Final Word: If you like a good Superman story, look elsewhere.