Written by Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason
Colors by Stephen Downer
Cover by Gleason and Downer
The Kent Family moved from Hamilton to Metropolis, despite the protests of young Jon Kent, who grew up in Hamilton and had learned to call it home. The move had to be done for the careers of Lois and Clark Kent, however, and they left while their house was still on the market. After a recent trip to Bizarro World, Htrae was destroyed, forcing the Bizarro Boys to escape back to Prime Earth with the help of Nobody and Beacon!
The Hamilton house has sold, and it’s time for the Kents to finish packing it all up and finalize their move the Metropolis. Clark goes about moving the large objects all outside while Lois starts to clean behind him, and their son sulks around the quickly emptying house. Clark cheers him up by suggesting they plant the small sapling he got from Swamp Thing by the house of Jon’s best friend Kathy, leaving a small part of them forever in Hamilton. As they plant the small flower, Clark reassures his son about the move, and about the nature of change, and the value of family and values that have been instilled by the good people around them.
The two head back to find a misty-eyed Lois and a cleaned out house. After some quick help from The Flash, it’s time for the Kent family to once again head to the Hamilton Fair. As they head into and through the fair, they see old faces and memories from their time there. They see Kathy and Maya working a booth with the Biarro Boys, who are settling in nicely, and are pleasantly surprised to be attending the unveiling of a statue of Superman and Superboy, the heroes who saved Hamilton after a long night at the fair, the Kents head back to their apartment for some well deserved rest.
Thoughts on the issue:
The final issue of Tomasi and Gleason’s run that began with Superman: Rebirth is the perfect end note to an excellent series. Like the rest of their work on the run, this issue focuses on the entire Kent family, especially the relationship between Clark and Jon, the team that became the focus of the book. The final issue hearkens back to Superman #7, the first time that the Kents went to the Hamilton Fair. It’s fun to see the small changes from that issue to this one, and bittersweet to be taken through the familiar faces and friends that we made along the way. The sapling from Swamp Thing and the statue of Superboy and Superman solidify Hamilton in the Superman lore, but time will only tell when we will see these elements again.