Superman #212 Review

Reviewer: Mathan “Diggin’ the cover” Erhardt
Story Title: For Tomorrow: Part Nine

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Penciled by: Jim Lee
Inked by: Scott Williams, Richard Friend & Sandra Hope
Colored by: Alex Sinclair
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Willaims & Alex Sinclair
Editor: Will Dennis & Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics

Ok, so there was a device that caused a vanishing, where lots of folks just disappeared, including Lois Lane. Superman got his hands on the device, and used it to make himself disappear.

The issue begins with Father Leone thinking about the treatment he’s undergoing to cure his cancer. Ultimately he regrets it, because he’s receiving it from Orr. As Orr looks on he’s debriefed by three folks in the shadows. His answers are as cryptic and cocky as always.

Meanwhile Superman arrives wherever the device has transported him. Once there he hears Lois’s heartbeat, and he also meets up with Clark Kent. Well not so much “Clark Kent” but rather Kal-el’s humanity, his other half. They discuss things. Then Supes swoops off to find Lois.

He does find her and he whisks her into the air. Clark, who is protecting the device, watches them from below. Unbeknownst to Clark, he’s being watched by Equus.

Later Supes and Lois enjoy some post-coital bliss. Elsewhere Clark keeps his watch over the device. Unfortunately, Equus attacks Clark brutally and blinds him. But before he can kill Kent, he’s called off by his unseen General, who is the villain behind the Vanishing.

I really enjoyed this issue. As a fan of Batman: Ego I get a kick out of stories that deal with the costumed persona confronting the secret identity. There was a taste of that this issue. We got a bit more information about Orr, and Azzarello give us the thoughts of a man in love, when Superman finally found Lois. This was a very powerful issue.

Jim Lee blew me a way with the cover. The cover got me excited to read the issue. Visually the story is well done. Leone’s only scene was creepily well done. The scene between Clark and Superman was fun to look at to notice the differences between the two. But the most powerful images were those featuring Lois and Superman. I looked at those and I believed that they were in love. They were beautiful to the eye.

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