With the highly anticipated Superman Reborn kicking off next issue, Superman #17 was largely a filler installment.
Jon and Kathy go searching for her grandfather and cow when their search takes them to Dead Man’s Swamp. There, they encounter a series of ever increasingly more bizarre incidents while being observed by a mysterious shadowy figure.
Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleeson are doing a solid job slowly building the bond between Jon and Kathy. She’s the Lana Lang to his Clark Kent and that friendship is becoming an enjoyable component of this title.
Sebastian Fiumara stops by to handle the art and makes a noteworthy debut. The hardest part in drawing Jon and Kathy is not making them look like small adults. Fiumara captures their youthfulness well as well as some of the more unusual demands the writers place on him with this issue.
This was the kind of issue best suited for reading in a trade. It’s weird and a fun twist from a normal Superman issue, but it seems unlikely to be important anytime soon. If you’re on a budget, this is one that’s fine to skip especially on a week with a much more entertaining Jon story.
Rating: 7 out of 10