Superman #12 (DC Comics)
Superman has been one of the strongest DC Rebirth titles, and this issue is no exception. Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have been able to give Silver Age ideas a fun modern spin, and making them extremely fun and readable. That mentality is on full display here, as Superman #12 features a showdown with Superman and DC’s version of Frankenstein’s monster.
Yes, Frankenstein has come looking for an undercover monster, and after crashing an interview with Lois and the local small town paper; he comes into conflict with the Man of Steel himself. Now before you start rolling your eyes, let me just say this:
This issue RULES.
Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s script is pulse pounding. Superman #12 is basically a 32-page battle, and it’s jaw droppingly awesome. There’s Superman punching Frankenstein clear across a field, Frank using his massive sword against Supes, and Lois even gets in on the action at one point. Not only that, but Thomasi and Gleason’s Superman is written to perfection. In the best sense of the word, this is the definition of a “popcorn comic”.
Adding to the thrills of this issue is Doug Mahnke’s art. Now I love Patrick Gleason’s art, but I may love Doug Mahnke’s just a little bit more, and this is a Mahnke fan’s dream comic. Not only do you get his stellar interpretation of DC’s Frankenstein Monster, but you get giant splash pages of incredible fight scenes between him and Superman. This is definitely a “must buy” for fans of incredible artwork.
Superman has risen to the top of my read pile and this issue is a perfect example of why. It’s a simple concept executed wonderfully. Sure, you could take the issue at face value and complain that it’s all action, but sometimes you need that to remind you of why you love comics. The first collection of Tomasi and Gleason’s Superman should be hitting store relatively soon, and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s the perfect antidote for Batman V Superman’s version of the character.