Superman #44 Bizarroverse

by, Patrick Gleason and Peter J Tomasi
Pencils by, Doug Mahnke
Inks by, Jamie Mendoza & Doug Mahnke
Colors by Wil Quantana
Letters by, Rob Leigh

Recap

In the previous issue, Bizarro Boy and Superboy meet and scuffle in Metropolis. Superman intervenes when Bizarro Boy endangers lives. Meanwhile, Bizarro and Superman are locked in a fight.

In this issue, Bizarro and Superman continue their battle. Bizarro believes that Superman is a threat to his family, his world, and his sense of belonging; so he fights. Superman sees Bizarro‘s intentions are to protect his world, and so he  seeks a peaceful solution. He convinces Bizarro that their worlds are connected, and they need to work together to save them

At the same time, Superboy and Kathy obtain Superman’s permission to save the earth, which is imploding along with the Bizzaro World. Superman gives Superboy the leadership role on earth. He brings together the team of young heroes with some of the Bizarro team. Beacon, who first appears in Superman #42, helps free the Super-foes, like Gorilla Grodd, to fight with the heroes. Superman returns to swing the tide, but there’s a sad twist at the end of this story.

Final Impressions

The Bizarro twist to this story has intrigued me. I think that the Bizarro versions of all the DC heroes are cool because of the visual depictions: the Bizarro heroes have big heads, small and large bodies, striking colors. In addition, the shout out to Doomsday Clock is refreshing showing Batman with a large yellow smiley face on his chest.

If I have a critique, it’s that it is sometimes hard to separate the good Bizarro team from the bad Bizarro team, which can be confusing. However, The Bizarro heroes are super-fun: Batman’s statement takes the cake, “I hate fun.”

What’s not fun is the violence between Bizarro and Bizarro Lois and Superman’s statement that “the Bizarro’s have to save themselves.” It feels out of touch and cruel for Superman to not intervene when Bizarro has been violent with Bizarro Boy. However Superman’s kindness in saving Bizarroverse is what stands out in this story. I recommend picking this up. Some might want to purchase this story arc as a graphic novel because it’s a self contained Bizarro story.

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Tom Zimm
I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist that works with children. I've been interested in comic book heroes since I was a young child. However, it's been in the last 3-4 years that I've been making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list. DC's Rebirth really won me over, especially Geoff Johns' 80-page book. My favorite properties include The Flash and The Incredible Hulk. My criteria for a good comic book include taking stupid and fun seriously while remaining self-aware.
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