Superman #45

Written by, Patrick Gleason & Peter J. Tomasi
Art by, Patrick Gleason
Colors by, Stephen Conner
Letters by, Tom Napolitano

Reviewed by, Tom Zimm

Recap

Previously in Superman, the Bizarroverse bleeds over to earth through a portal that Kathy and Jon were using. Bizarro and his family left earth after a brief altercation with Superman, leaving behind Bizarroboy and Bizarro Robin.

This issue begins at the farm in Hamilton, which they have sold. The Kents are packing up, readying to move the rest of their stuff to their apartment in Metropolis. As they pack, it sparks emotions in all of them. Jon asks to say goodbye to Kathy, but Lois asks him to complete some tasks first. Lois comments, “Change is good.” Jon thinks about losing his friend which prompts him to ask, “Why is change good?” This eventually leads to a father-son discussion involving a plant that Swamp Thing gave to Jon in a previous issue. Superman teaches Jon that a plant keeps the roots of the plant from expanding, so that when it’s put in the ground, the plant’s roots have room to grow. Jon chides Superman for his cheesy analogy but appreciates the lesson.

The issue transitions to the Hamilton County Fair where people stop the Kents to say goodbye to them.  Jon sees Kathy, which provides a nice moment for the two to say goodbye. Also present are Bizarro Boy and Bizarro Robin who are working at a concession stand. The night culminates with a ceremony where the town presents gold statues of Superman and Superboy. Clark reminisces about the lessons his father taught him. Lois tells Superboy to not get a big head. The issue ends with Superman and Superboy rushing off to confront a large monster that is attacking Metropolis.

Overall = 8/10

Final Impressions

This is Tomasi’s goodbye issue expressed metaphorically through the Kent family. It captures some of the elements that have made Superman a great book under Tomasi’s watch: the focus on the Kent family. It was odd that Lois did not get a gold statue. The call outs to previous adventures during the Rebirth era were cool- even Betsy made a showing at the Hamilton County Fair. Patrick Gleason’s art was perfect for the book. He does a great job capturing the personality of each character through body posture and facial expressions. I would recommend picking this up as a nice way to remember this run and the great work this creative team has done on this book.   

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Overall
8
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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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