Truth & Justice #6 provides the final chapter to the Superman saga that has been erupting from this series. Whilst I am very sad to see the story end, I have been eagerly waiting to find out what happens next.
Breaking the normal review layout for this site, I’m not going to analyse the cover itself. That is because, like the previous issue it features a piece of artwork from the interior pages. A brilliant piece at that, the artwork is gorgeous.
Truth & Justice #6 picks up right where we left off with Superman imprisoned and being taunted by his captor. During this time we get a clear rationale and explanation from the villain, The Master Jailer, for his actions and agenda.
Once again this series hits a very deep, yet sadly true notion that still haunts society today, “the fear of black men”. The Master Jailer counted on that idea in order to make a profit out of it, which shows the sad truth regarding the predictability of it all.
Usually in a superhero story the whole notion revolves around fiction, but this series has truly been a breath of fresh air, as writer Brandon Easton takes on a battle that is fact and is still happening today. It’s something that is almost unbelievable, yet it isn’t. This is a real problem, that real people are suffering from.
Again this story showcases the power and impact that both Superman and Clark Kent can have on the world in their own way, which to us mere mortals is so inspiring to see. We too can make a difference, after all Clark Kent is as powerful as we are. Not only that but it’s great to see how Superman can inspire people rather than forcing them, for me that’s what Superman is all about, so it’s nice to see that touched upon.
Easton has presented all of the facts to do with this story-line in perfect fashion, it’s very clear and cleverly done with the use of articles by Clark Kent to really push those facts into the readers mind without overdoing it. Not only that, but he does a fantastic job of portraying realistic reactions and thoughts on the subject from a number of viewpoints. Easton is essentially having the conversation that needs to be had in the pages of a comic book, that to me is iconic.
Easton’s Superman is brilliant, confident and in full control, as Superman should be. I have really enjoyed getting to see his portrayal and take on the character, and it is one that I hope we get to see again. And is it just me or did he give Superman a new use for one of his powers, dehydrating someone with his heat vision. I don’t think I have ever seen him do that before, in fact I don’t think I’ve seen him use his heat vision in such a pin-pointed and accurate way, using just the right amount of power to be effective without burning through something or someone.
Artist Jahnoy Lindsay and colourist Marissa Louise have knocked it out the park again, I have adored seeing their artwork bring such an important story to life. The artwork is vibrant, bold, unique and adds a rather playful side to such a heavy theme, which I feel is needed and works perfectly. My personal favorite piece was the one used as the cover for this issue, just like the cover of #4, it really felt like a homage to the iconic piece by Neal Adams for Superman #233.
Truth & Justice #6 perfectly tackles a very real issue in society, and it is iconic to see how both Superman and Clark Kent would take on racism. This story-line is easily my favourite read of 2021 so far, I truly hope we get to see Easton’s portrayal of Superman again.
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