Superman #32 Review
Out of all of the newly-rebooted New 52 series, it seems that Superman has suffered the most critically and commercially. In an effort to steer the ship back on course, DC has brought Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. into the fold beginning with Superman #32 (this is Romita Jr.’s first ever DC book). This team-up leads to a successful inaugural issue, full of bright, bold artwork, exciting action sequences, and some decent characterization.
Geoff Johns almost immediately has Perry White trying to convince Clark to give up his freelance blogging gig and come home to work at the Daily Planet where he belongs. We get a glimpse at Clark’s loneliness and inability to connect with other people. We are also introduced to Ulysses, who shares a very similar background with Superman, including being jettisoned from his dying home planet (Earth!) by his parents so that he may live.
As for the artwork, John Romita, Jr’s pencils look great, as the work of someone with his many years of experience should. That said, I’m not a fan of the way he draws faces, and they’re all quite similar. At least he manages to convey emotion well, and the action sequences look fantastic. The battle between Superman and Titano was very well done, and I also loved the classic shot of Clark quickly tearing off his civilian clothes to speed into the final conflict.
Overall, Superman #32 didn’t blow me away, but it’s a solid first entry for this pairing of legendary comic creators. Since Superman’s history has been one of the most changed since the New 52, it will be interesting to see what Johns and Romita can do with the clean slate they’ve been given here.