Review: The Death Of Superman 30th Anniversary Special, pt 1
It's hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the Death of Superman storyline. But it has been and DC decided to commemorate the occasion with an oversized one shot, appropriately named The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special.
It is a wonderful book, bringing together the architects of that classic arc for several stories. The book is too big to cover all in one review so I'll be covering the first (and longest story) by writer/artist Dan Jurgens with inker Brett Breeding.
The story takes place in the recent past, recent enough that Jon is around but not recent enough for Jon to be aged. I am surprised that once more DC is giving us stories of a de-aged Jon. Perhaps they realize that a tween Jon still has story opportunities. Here Jon learns about how his father died at the hands of Doomsday. It is an excellent retelling of the classic story (it was 30 years ago, maybe people haven't read it before) while adding a new character.
But the joy here is the retelling of the story from Lois' perspective, teaching Jon about how deadly Doomsday was and how noble Superman was in sacrificing himself.
I grabbed the Franscesco Mattina cover because the punched out symbol cover is a nice riff on the similar covers introducing us to the four wannabe Supermen that emerged in The Reign of the Supermen arc.
On to the story.
And this time Jon is there to witness. He calls this new villain Doombreaker.
Is this a 'one and done' villain? Or will we be seeing Doombreaker again?
But I love this page.
Jon learned that the cape blowing in the breeze was a sign of Superman's death, his mortality. So he is more than happy to put the cape back where it belongs, on his dad's shoulders. Hopefully no one sees the family resemblance.
Anyways, this was a very fun sequel to the famous arc. The retelling was done nicely, showcasing some classic images from the story while adding Lois' commentary, looking back at it and what it all felt like.
The art is just as classic. I feel like I stepped into a time machine to read this. Jurgens and Breeding can still bring it.
I don't know if I need Doombreaker to be a recurring villain. But the power to keep adapting new powers is intriguing.
Overall grade (for this story): B+
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