DC Comics reviews for the week of 6/7/17

Superman #24

Superman #24 cover

Superman squares off against Manchester Black in their most personal battle yet with Jon caught in the middle.

Black has repositioned himself as a galactic crusader, still eschewing his mantra of extreme actions justifying the means for true justice. Black’s aligned with the aliens who’d been posing as Hamilton County’s citizens, but they’ve all been pawns in his long game of revenge on Superman.

And what better way than to turn Superman’s son against him. Black has always made for a wonderfully unique Superman adversary. He wants to be a hero, but Superman brings out the villain in him. Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason bring out that conflict nicely as Superman prepares to battle one of his deadliest foes.

Gleason also contributes a few pages of art. As a fan of his work, we don’t get nearly enough of his pencils. This issue was just a tease of Gleason’s dazzling artwork.

Superman #24 interior art

Doug Mahnke handles the rest of the art. Mahnke’s art looks rougher than previous issues, which might be due to three credited inkers. Despite the less finished look, Mahnke brings a great energy and framing here.

With Black raising the stakes, Superman decides to call in some backup, but can even his allies withstand Black’s army? Black Dawn has made for another terrific read for a comic that just won’t let up. I’m all set for next issue’s big finale.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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