Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1
In kicking off its Tales From the Dark Multiverse series, DC started with two of its biggest hits – Batman: Knightfall and this week’s release The Death of Superman.
Unlike the Knightfall story, writer Jeff Loveness has a better framework for his story. Loveness sticks with the World Without a Superman plot, but twists it slightly with Lois Lane being bitter and resentful over Superman’s death. Lois was understandably grief stricken in the main story so this twist doesn’t seem that hard a stretch.
Empowered by The Eradicator, Lois tries to honor Superman by taking out criminals, but soon realizes a harder measure of justice is required.
The biggest knock on the story is how long Lois carries out her brand of justice unchecked. With some major league villains being taken off the board the Justice League should have at least had a conversation with her.
Loveness follows The Death arc well leading to the arrivals of some expected characters and a shocking ending.
Bradley Walker handles the art and it’s a treat seeing his take on Superman and some of the major players in the 90s DCU. His action sequences are full of energy and it makes for a stunning presentation. John Kalisz’s colors are vibrant with bright reds, blues and blacks.
This is more along the lines of what I figured DC would do with the Dark Multiverse series and with more of the same this is going to prove a very fun imaginary series.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Photo Credit: DC Comics