Man of Tomorrow #8 is upon us and chronicles two brand new stories featuring the Man of Steel.
In regards to the cover, the creative team have decided to use imagery reflecting the first story told within this issue and what a cover it is. The cover created by Andie Tong, sees Superman in bad shape plummeting to Earth. Straight away I was transported back to 1993 and The Death Of Superman. This image really mirrors the brutality featured in that iconic issue. The colours by Will Quintana featured really do make this cover pop. The artwork itself is striking. Such vivid imagery that truly makes an impact. This is a cover you will not forget in a hurry.
The issue begins with a story entitled ‘Obituary’ written by Van Jensen with art provided by Nick Robles. Straight off the bat, this is the kind of story that would work really well within the confines of an anniversary issue. This is very much due to a gorgeous splash page that chronicles a plethora of key events that have occurred in Clark’s life. From his arrival in Metropolis to his most recent altercation with Toyman which featured within the very pages of this series.
In this story, Clark has been tasked with writing three obituaries during a slow news day at The Planet. Perry has asked for obituaries to be written for Guardian, Black Lightning and none other than Superman himself. The thought of writing his own obituary has sent Clark into a very reflective mood. I love how Clark reminisces about his time in Metropolis. The city of tomorrow and Superman are synonymous with each other. Their importance to one another cannot be overstated enough.
Clark has some very interesting interactions in this story as he struggles with his latest assignment. Both Jimmy and Perry conjure up some rather colourful ways for Superman to go out featuring some of the characters’ most iconic foes. However its Perry’s no laughing matter tone when speaking about the day Superman actually died that really choked me up. Through Perry’s delivery of that line, you can tell instantly just how harrowing that day was for Metropolis and her citizens. Superman’s death has truly reverberated throughout the years and can be felt to this very day.
As this story comes to a close, we witness Superman flying off to save the day once again proving that the Man of Steel’s story is far from over. Writer Van Jensen has crafted a truly thoughtful story. Having Clark evaluate his life as well as come face to face with his own mortality is highly sobering. This really shone a light on Superman’s human qualities not to mention his upbringing.
Nick Robles artwork in this issue is bold and highly expressive. Every character tells their story through very emotive expressions. Clark is in a very tough spot in this story, the intrepid reporter has to hide the fact that he is writing about himself to people who know him better than most. Clark’s face is etched in emotion from start to finish.
The second tale featured in this issue is called ‘Deadline’ and is written once again by Van Jensen with art by Andie Tong. Deadline sees Clark attempt to expose a corrupt media mogul named Alex Ewell who is running for mayor. The tension is cranked up even further when we learn that Clark has only 1 hour to get his story in before The Planet goes to press.
This is a really enjoyable story as we see the very best of both Clark and Superman. Clark uses his skills as a reporter to unearth secrets and connect the dots between Ewell and his so-called campaign manager who has a penchant for firearms. Superman is at his quintessential best as he makes the save using his immense abilities such as speed, flight and most definitely power.
This is a very grounded story. Seeing Clark operate in the world of terrorism and political power plays really reminded me of what Lois and Clark do best. Clark’s fearlessness as a reporter is one of my favourite traits of his. Truth is such a pivotal ideal within the annals of Superman mythology especially in its discovery. The scenario featured in this story really highlights the more realistic opposition our beloved characters face in the never ending search for truth and justice.
‘Deadline’ is a much more structured story that features a compelling start, middle and end. This is a very realistic setting for Superman to operate in and a welcomed contrast to previous issues which have stayed firmly within the realm of superheroes and villains.
The art featured in this story is by Andie Tong and is very similar to that of Nick Robles. I really appreciated this decision as it created a smooth rhythm when reading the issue. Considering the heavy content featured in this story, the artwork definitely kept the tone light. Andie Tong has created some totally awe-inspiring Superman imagery including the classic shirt rip which I really appreciated.
Writer Van Jensen has crafted two distinctly unique tales within this issue and I truly hope we get to see both him and this awesome creative team return for another installment.