Superman 26 Review
Written by: Michael Moreci
Art by: Scott Godlewski
Previously On: Manchester Black and his Elite tried to turn Superboy evil, but were ultimately thwarted.
What happened: This issue gives us two parallel storylines. One takes place when Clark was a child, and shows Pa Kent teaching a young Clark a lesson about patience, while the plotline in the present shows Superman struggle while trying to teach the same lesson his son, Jon.
The story opens with Pa Kent waking Clark up in the morning and telling him he doesn’t have to go to school that day. No, instead today Clark is going to run the farm all by himself. He’s initially giddy, until his father adds the catch: no powers. Clark is to sit on a harvesting machine for several hours, and not happy about it. In the present we see Superman and Lois talking about how Jon isn’t listening to Superman’s command enough in the field. It’s clear that Jon means well and he’s doing well, but he’s still impulsive and reckless. Superman tells Lois he’s going to have to do things the way Pa would have done them
Without a farm to work, Superman tells Jon the next morning that today Superboy gets to be Superman. Jon is over the moon with excitement, and is eager to show his dad that he knows what he’s doing. For the most part, Jon does very well. But Superman just can’t stop himself from chiming in with little pieces of advice, constantly reminding Jon of things before he has the chance to show his dad he knows better. The book takes a quick flash back to show us that young Clark Kent is getting impatient before introducing the so-called villains of this issue. Psi-Phon and Dreadnought, two Z-listers from the late ‘80s, show up and force Superman and Jon to work together to save the day. The issue wraps up sweetly with Superman and his son watching the sunset and reminiscing about the great Pa Kent.
After the dark and intense arc that just ended with Manchester Black, this was a nice breath of fresh air. I love seeing Superman as Superdad, and a sweet one-shot about fathers and sons hits the spot right after Father’s Day. Even the art served as a reprieve, with Scott Godlewski providing a much lighter style than the thick inks of Mahnke and Gleason. Michael Moreci did a serviceable job with the script, which was a little text heavy, but not enough to make it feel too clunky. The villains weren’t very interesting, and we didn’t really learn anything about them or their powers (which are psychic manipulation and power duplication, by the way). But that was kind of ok, since the issue would have been too crowded if we were supposed to follow more than a basic villain scheme.
Fun issue and worth reading, but nothing overly spectacular