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Since 2013 is ending I decided to do a list about my favorite Superman issues of 2013!
A perfect Stand-alone story that is one of the best examples of the potential of new52 Superman. Well a bit more “hardcore” than Morrison’s early Supes but Grek Pak’s characterization delivered in the end. Still green, this t-shirt and jeans Superman charges to fight something that not even he can beat: Mother Nature! Good characterization, strong plot, a very good appearance of Lana Lang and in the end a strong moment between the thing that gives Superman the drive to go on, human kindness.
When Grek Pak took over Action Comics I was cautious, he was writing way to many titles and I thought that his work would suffer from that. But I am glad I did pick AC up. He and Aaron Kuder have brought something on the table that was missing since Morrison’s last issue, fun! Superman stories have become too serious, that’s not a bad thing but when every Superman comic out there is like this you wish for more variety, you would expect Superman to be a little more light-hearted. For the most part Superman is a character that when you finish a story with him you should feel hopeful and happy, and this story delivered.
Ok, first I have to say this, go and pick up Adventures of Superman it is brilliant and it may be the most underrated title out there even among Superman fans. This particular issue is my favorite, it’s touching, full of emotion, it’s told by the perspective of a little girl who is a big Superman fan and gets caught up in a fight between him and Metallo. The last 3-4 pages deliver a great twist that is so emotional and strong that I couldn't stop thinking about it.
First I want to make a thing clear, I LOVE MORRISON’S RUN. I don’t know why, is it the parallels between Superman's maturity as a person and his change as a comic book hero , the jeans and T-shirts, the fun Silver age-y villains, I really don’t know, probably it’s a mix of all of them but it certainly made it one of my favorite Superman stories. Plus the gorgeous cover courtesy of Rags Morales doesn't hurt at all.
When Snyder said he will be working with Jim Lee on a Superman title, I didn’t know what to expect, Snyder is more of a mystery writer so I couldn’t imagine how his type of writing would connect with a Superman book. Anyway this issue was great! It had Superman being Superman and being damn good in it. Jim Lee delivered like he usually does, and Snyder gave a good characterization of Superman’s supporting cast especially his Lex Luthor.
HONORABLE MENTION: Adventures of Superman #15.
This is the exact opposite of what Pak does with Action Comics. In this story narrated by Lex Luthor, Superman is doomed to fail. Its premise is simple, not even Superman can be everywhere and he will not always be there for you. The story follows two teenagers that go into trouble deliberately so Superman can save them. The ending has such impact, you can’t seem but thing Luthor’s victory in the long scheme of things is sure and Superman’s battle is a lost cause.