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Superman #30 - All Good Things Must End Review

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Everyone in Smallville has abruptly fallen into a coma and Doomsday makes his return. Also, the residents of Kandor want to break free.

The Good

Superman: Doomed begins next month and DC is clearly trying to make sure the storyline remains on your radar. The latest SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN teased the event and now, the latest issue of SUPERMAN is doing the very same thing.

Scott Lobdell covers A LOT of ground in this issue. Seriously, he includes some very basic teasing of Doomsday's return, what's going on with Lois Lane, the odd occurrence in Smallville, the situation with Kandor, and more. You won't get any satisfying answers to any of these topics, though. Instead, this issue serves as 100% buildup and treats every character and plot thread in a way that can be friendly to new readers (but a bit redundant to ongoing fans). While some of these plot points are only very swiftly addressed and/or established, the issue manages to end on a note that successfully builds a bit of hype for what's to come.

Ed Benes' pencils and Peter Pantazis' colors remain consistent as Lobdell presents them with a slew of different locations and individuals. The panels tend to really thrive when the focus isn't on standard humans and instead geared towards superhuman creatures and the diverse settings. Luckily for our eyes, there's plenty of that to be found in this issue. Now, this isn't to insult their work with regular humans, but those moments don't pack the same kind of punch as the more elaborate characters and/or locations. Despite a slightly awkward pose, Superman's debut and the shots of him flying after that are solid.

The Bad

Seeing as this is a prelude for an upcoming storyline, it's understandable there's going to be some exposition. However, there's a lot of it because the issue jumps from scene to scene, tackling numerous and seemingly very different plot points while also attempting to remain new reader friendly with each and every one of them. Like I said above, this can make the read feel pretty redundant at times if you're keeping current and sometimes the exposition is laid on a little too thick.

And, please forgive my inner fanboy, but if we're teasing Doomed, I would have really loved to see a little more from the segment that involves Doomsday -- or perhaps even an actual appearance by the character. The issue manages to discuss and incorporate quite a few characters, but the powerful villain is merely discussed.

The Verdict

I'm left feeling down the middle after reading SUPERMAN #30. On one hand, it covers a whole lot of ground and definitely has me curious to see how one or two of these plot threads will unfold. But on the other hand, it's unclear if this is really "mandatory" reading for the upcoming story. Sure, it shows the beginnings of numerous elements, but each of these developments could potentially be recapped in an adequate opening page or a few brief blurbs of exposition. It's basically giving us one tease after another of things to come instead of truly leaving its own mark.

Considering it's only $2.99, I'd say it's worth checking out for these very interested in Superman's current mythos and the upcoming event. For everyone else, you'll probably be okay just diving in with the first official chapter when Doomed drops.

20 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Edited by Squalleon

Only 1 issue to go, only 1 issue to go, only 1 issue to go and then...Geoff Johns!

Posted by lifeboy

No starfire???

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Eerie/great cover.

Edited by CantDance93

@squalleon: I know! Can't wait till he takes over, Superman: Brainiac Part 2 would be awesome! ;p

Posted by The Stegman

I'm pretty much ignoring all Superman titles except SM/WW and BM/SM until Geoff comes to this title.

Posted by UltimateSMfan

Only 1 issue to go, only 1 issue to go, only 1 issue to go and then...Geoff Johns!

Posted by Kal'smahboi

The only reason I bought this is because of the 'Doomed' prelude, and even that was awful.

Posted by Ultron345

@squalleon: Unfortunately Romita comes with Johns in that package.

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon: I know! Can't wait till he takes over, Superman: Brainiac Part 2 would be awesome! ;p

Brainiac really needs some fixin in the new 52, if Johns can do it, then I am all in.

@squalleon: Unfortunately Romita comes with Johns in that package.

Meh, I can handle mediocre art but I can't stand bad writing. And Romita can be good when he actually gives a d@mn.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I can't wait for Geoff Johns

Edited by Superguy1591
Edited by Superguy1591

@the_stegman: you dont like what Pak is doing?

I dont know how this possibly gets 3 stars, i mean, can this even be called a story. It was more a run on sentence, did he even try?

Posted by MuyJingo

I hope the statue of Superman with his underpants that was shown in Morrison's Action Comics run is explained.

Posted by baneofdemon22

I got this by accident. I had it in my head that I was buying Action Comics. I saw Superman and it was just reactive. I've been enjoying Grek Pak's Action Comics and Superman/Wonder Woman quite a bit.

Posted by patrat18

I can't wait for Geoff Johns

Only 1 issue to go, only 1 issue to go, only 1 issue to go and then...Geoff Johns!

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Was going to pick this up because it was a prelude to DOOM but now I am so glad I didn't.

Posted by ScarletBatman

So glad I did not pick this up. Lobdell has great ideas but shoddy execution. Sad really because he could be a super star.