Why is Lex Luthor such a great villain? Scott Snyder shows us in this issue. This is a case where less is more. We've seen many big and epic Lex Luthor schemes unfold but through simple dialogue, you get a great sense of who Lex is. In almost a classic tying-the-vicitm-to-the-railroad-tracks, we see Lex at his best. You'll hang on every word as you try to figure out what he's up to this time.
The main portion of the story deals with Superman and Wraith fighting Ascension. It's a strange dynamic as we don't his whole story. He's threatened Superman yet is also offering some highly useful advice. The battle is laid out in pure Jim Lee style. We get a lot of big splashy images with some high octane action.
Another great thing is having Superman's story separate from Lois and Jimmy's portion. Too often the dangers the supporting characters face is directly related to Superman. With Superman having his hands full, it's great seeing the others, especially Lois, have the opportunity to have their portions the story fleshed out without any interruption from Superman. And wait until you see the cliffhanger ending. Dustin Nguyen's art captured the mood perfectly.
The unfortunate thing is with Villains Month, it's been a while since we had issue #3. This issue is worth the wait but it has interrupted the flow of the story and action a little.
We're getting some different mysteries thrown at us. With Lex's motives and the unknown nature of Wraith, we can't really be sure what's going on. Throw in what we do know about Wraith and the little bombshell thrown at us at the end, there is a little head scratching going on.
Scott Snyder and Jim Lee continue heating up their take on Superman. It feels like it's been a while since the previous issue due to Villains Month but we're back and the mysteries continue to unfold. The gang's all here and thankfully we get to see separate stories for Superman, Lois and Jimmy. There's no telling what Lex will do next or what Wraith's motivations are which is part of what makes this all exciting. Now that Villains Month is over, hopefully we'll be back on track and be able to sit back and enjoy the show.