Superman #22 Review

With Batman missing, Jon and Damian being abducted by a super-powered girl, and Superman is investigating Dead Man’s Swamp. What will he find there and who could be behind this?

Something has been quite fishy about the new town that Clark, Lois, and Jon have been calling home. With this story beginning to flesh out a lot of oddities that have been happening over time. Alluding to there is more to this town than may meet the eye. With Lois doing some investigation after Batman, Jon, Damian, and Superman have seemingly gone missing. Thanks to her reporter background she is quickly able to get to the bottom of it.

Gleason and Tomasi are doing something with this arc that I never thought was possible for a Superman story. As they are telling a dark story and really inducing fear into this world. Particularly in this issue, using Lois, as she begins to slowly figure out what is really going on. Black Dawn is beginning to feel like a horror story of sorts, with the curtains being pulled back slowly for the reveal.

In the past, we have seen Gleason and Gray shine with the bright aesthetics of Superman and I truly love their work. Here we see a new art team in Mahnke, Mendoza, McCarthy, and Quintana doing an astounding job. With this issue being particularly darker than the past ones, this art team nails the feeling. From action scenes to dialogue, everything hits here with just the right weight.

Black Dawn is just hitting its stride, all of the players have been setup and now its time for everything to fall into place. With the final page reveal here next issue should begin to answer some questions and have plenty of action.

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Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Superman #22
Written by Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Doug Mahnke, Jamie Mendoza, Ray McCarthy, Wil Quintana, Rob Leigh

Published by DC
Release Date: May 3rd, 2017