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Superman ’78 #1


Writer Robert Venditti brings all the charm and vintage tone of the Richard Donner films with the fist chapter of this six issue mini-series.

Venditti doesn’t rush to focus on Superman highlighting the nostalgic dynamic of The Daily Planet staff with Lois Lane, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen.
The obvious benefit of a comic book set in the 1978 era is Venditti isn’t restricted by technological limitations. That makes a villain like Brainiac completely feasible.

Still, Venditti keeps it in line with the dialogue and low scale action of the films. In this instance that’s a commendable accomplishment.

Artist Wilfredo Torres brings a light almost animated style to the pages. Torres has no trouble capturing the likeness of Christopher Reeve, which is most important for the series, but doesn’t nail strong approximations to Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper and Marc McClure.

Colorist Jordie Bellaire gives the pages a bright, cheerful look with popping colors and lighting.

While it might not resonate as strongly for newer readers, for fans that grew up watching the original film this will hit all of the nostalgia sweet spots.

Rating: 8 out of 10