I will confess that it has been many a decade since I have read a Superman tale. But since I have him going gangbusters in my regular haunt, Justice League, why not?
I must say that, although it was not what I thought it would be, I did find Superman #9 quite an enjoyable change of pace and it seems that someone finally has a direction for the key figure and first hero of the New 52
From its beautiful cover and splash page through the sub rescue scenes and on to the meat of the book, storytellers Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens keep the caped one on the right path and turn out an issue that has some surprises (at least for me) and great art.
Is there a classical look for Superman? Yes. But that does not impede Jurgens and Jesus Merino from drawing our hero in his New 52 best and putting him through his paces. Detail, storytelling flow and surprising panel work kept this entire issue strong -- and I mean mighty strong!
Also great palette by Tanya and Richard Horie in keeping the colors bright and “heroic,” even under the sea.
If this is the creativity I can regularly find in the Man of Steel’s book, I just might become a regular resident.