Writers: J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson
Pencillers: Eddy Barrows & Allan Goldman
Inkers: J.P. Mayer & Julio Ferreira
Colorist: Rod Reis
Letterer: John J. Hill
Cover: John Cassaday & David Baron
Release Date: March 16th, 2011
This is going to be a short review, as this issue was just about short on everything.
Ironically, as Superman and Flash travel at superspeeds, per the JMS storyline, everything about Superman #709 travels at a snail's pace.
There is absolutley no action here - as all it is - is two old friends conversing over pie.
To be honest I feel bad for writer Chris Roberson, as I have read in interviews he is a huge Superman fan, and I can't help feel that he is cringing while writing this pathetic JMS mandated storyline - as I know I am while reading it. However, I bet Roberson is biting his tongue as he buys his time to do what he wants with this character. I do hope DC Editorial gives him the opportunity.
Barrows' art was equally as bland, again most likely not his fault, as there is only so much you can do with cherry pie. However, I am a fan of Barrows as he does draw the Justice League veterans to be powerful and heroic. I would love to see the Man of Steel in action - as would Barrows, I am betting.
We do get discussion about Kryptonian nobility, virtues and values - but it was just a big yawn. We've heard it all before and I was left wondering what the point of it all was.
There is another favorite character of mine, who coincidentally, is going through some kind of "depression" - and I just can't relate. Who wants to read about a super hero unsure and uncertain? Not me.
In the letters page (cool!) some have stated they welcome the change of pace. I can see that for an issue or two - but Superman travels faster than a speeding bullet - and not for an entire year!
DC Editorial really needs to kickstart Superman and get it - going!