"Dear Superman" is contained to just this issue and it's a touching tale about a girl who goes on a family trip to Metropolis just in hopes of seeing Big Blue. She would have been thrilled to simply witness him soaring above, but instead he gets into a destructive brawl with Metallo. What happens next gives Josh Elder a chance to show why so many of us look up to this iconic character.
Perhaps I'm just a total sap, but having the issue narrated by the girl's letter to Kal was wonderfully touching and even adorable at times. It's totally relatable because odds are we've shared the girl's sentiments for a fictional character at one point or another. Then we're hit with the final act and man, it has the potential to get the waterworks going.
While the tone is light and emotional, artist Victor Ibanez and colorist Matthew Wilson do a more than solid job with the bits of action sprinkled throughout this issue. All of the chaos this fight brings looks good -- bright blasts rocket through the air and surrounding locations are damaged from super-powered hits. There's even a pleasant visual gag as Superman knocks Metallo's jaw out of place.
This issue may be a love letter to Superman fans, but the way he's handled in the fight felt lackluster. Him delaying the conclusion of that fight by talking while so many innocents are around (in the immediate area, no less) seemed like such a foolish decision. The blasts he's choosing to casually dodge can hit a building, after all. Additionally, I can't help but feel like there were way more practical ways for him to end the fight.
The art works well most of the time, but there are a few instances where the facial work appears slightly off. For example, it seems like Superman's left and right eyes are staring in different directions in the final page.
Just like with INJUSTICE #30, this issue aims to remind people why they not only love Superman, but also respect him. It's a quick read but it's certain to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. Seeing as so many other titles we follow are full of death, despair and darkness, it's refreshing to enjoy a spirited one-shot which will remind you why these fictional characters are worth admiring. For just $0.99, I absolutely recommend this heartwarming read to any Superman fan.