Superman #42 makes another example why Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason leaving the title has the potential to be the biggest misstep since DC Rebirth started. This isn’t a knock on Brian Michael Bendis, but this issue was packed with so many elements that made Superman a standout of an impressive Rebirth roll out.
The first chapter of Bizarroverse kicks off with a glimpse of Bizarro’s life. Observant readers will catch the homage to Tomasi and Gleason’s earlier Superman stories. And a clever way to bring the Super and Bizarro families together.
But a large portion of the issue spotlighted Tomasi and Gleason’s staple of their run — making the Super family fun. This isn’t done in big flashy moments, but through simple exchanges over flowers or Clark and Lois grilling Jon. Tomasi and Gleason don’t make Superman look weak or boring from having a family. Being a father and husband hasn’t made Superman dull and in his case it’s made him even more interesting.
Gleason returns to the drawing table to pencil this final arc. His artwork has been missed and it’s fitting that he concludes this element as well. Gleason always drew Jon and other young characters like children and he beautifully captures the mood and body language of Superman and Lois.
Bizarroverse got off to a terrible…sorry, great start and is one of my top recommendations for this week.
Rating: 10 out of 10