Future State Superman vs. Imperious Lex #3
It’s weird to get a new installment of a Future State title after the next phase of DC’s latest direction, Infinite Frontier, is already underway. There were several Future State titles that seemed like no-brainers to continue in some capacity — Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — but Superman vs. Imperious Lex seems like an odd choice.
Superman and Lois Lane return to Lexor after previously leaving it to help the citizens in need of aid. This plot feels like extending the story longer than necessary and it all feels redundant from the previous two issues.
Writer Mark Russell isn’t able to come up with any clever ideas for this issue and goes back to the same tricks of having Luthor stand in for Trump and the Lexor citizens his blind sheep hanging on his every command.
Artist Steve Pugh fares better simply for a sharp portrayal of Superman and Lois in dialogue heavy and all-out action pages.
Colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr. also provides some solid work with an emphasis on brighter colors that complement the theme of darkness fading into light.
Issue 2 was a strong end point for this story and little is served by revisiting Lexor for a third outing.
Rating: 4 out of 10