Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Lee Weeks
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Brad Anderson
In recent months, we’ve been seeing a little bit of a change in DC’s line. This week, we saw the release of one of the spin off titles coming out of the Convergence event. While I wasn’t too hot on the overall event, the thought of having the pre new 52 Superman back was too much to look past, so I decided to pick up Superman: Lois & Clark 1.
When I think of Superman writers by era, when it comes to the 90’s, no one pops out more than Dan Jurgens, so it was no surprise to see him at the helm of this title. The idea of this story is that in a post Convergence DC, some of the parallel earth characters have been thrust into the main DCU, and two of them being the pre new 52 Superman and Lois Lane. In the new DC, the couple have a child, Jonathan, and they live under different names to avoid the obvious chaos that would ensue should their identities be revealed. While the story here has been seen before, Lois looks like she might get outed and Superman, who is cleaning up messes and disasters in anonymity, will more than likely have to face a threat that will bring him into play with this universe’s heroes, this story was such a breath of fresh air. Say what you will about Dan Jurgens as a writer, but he knows Superman, and when I read his dialogue, and even Lois’, I felt like I was reading the Superman I know and love. While this could easily be done with the new 52 Superman (Greg Pak is doing it on Action Comics), this is one of the best cases of it. The one part that really raised an eyebrow for me was Jurgens’ writing of Jonathan, who appears to be around 9 or 10 years old. His dialogue was written as if from another time, and while I know comics characters don’t speak like actual people, this was glaring and jarring. It’s not that it needs a thrusting of modern motifs or sayings, just make it seem less old fashion. He sounded more like an old man than a 10 year old.
The part of the issue that took me by pleasant surprise was the Lee Weeks art. I know he’s a great artist, but this was perfect for this story. While it was clean cartooning, the rendering was very strong and storytelling was obviously clean and nice. It was clear that Weeks is a seasoned vet when it comes to Superhero comics, and when it comes to a near throwback story like this, he’s the perfect fit. When we saw a full page shot of Superman, in the old costume that I miss and love, I actually got chills. As I went page by page, I found myself looking for places to nit pick, but I was left hanging; this was just really strong. Teaming him with Scott Hanna was a good touch, as Hanna embellished where necessarily, but also showed excellent restraint to not get too dark in places.
While the story could be argued as generic, the art is very strong and this brought back the Superman I love. For those, like me, missing that character, I would urge them to check this out.
4 pairs of underpants out of 5