Final battle with Apokalips, but does even Superman have the wherewithal to bring Darkseid to heel? Your Major Spoilers review of Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen #6 awaits!
SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #6
Writer: Neal Adams
Artist: Neal Adams
Ink Assists: Buzz
Colorist: Tony Avina
Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Editor: Andrew Marino
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Previously in Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen: Okay, I’m gonna be honest here, Faithful Spoilerites: I got nothin’…
SCREAMIN’ AT THE TOP O’ THEIR LUNGS!
This issue seemingly opens in mid-sentence, with Lex Luthor giggling maniacally while Darkseid rages out of control, even calling him a “pusillanimous pile of Earth slime.” Their battle is centered on an energy cube upon which Darkseid has copied all of Luthor’s technology, all the while Superman watches with a smirk, making a point to remember the day when his two greatest foes had a slapfight like a couple of second-graders. Superman destroys the cube, leading Darkseid to attack, but not until a giant horned alien named El arrives, a dog turns into Highfather, Orion punches Superman. Aaaand then, after chucking all of Darkseid’s parademons through the boom tube portal back to Apokalips, Superman…
…turns it… inside out, with his bare hands?
DARKSEID LOOKS LIKE A GORILLA
I have no idea what is going on in this comic. I have read it four times now, after perusing the first six issues of the miniseries, and I’ve come up with three important bits of information: Neal Adams can still draw, but the coloring isn’t doing his work any favors in this issue. Superman is a fun character to see in action, even when it’s a weird not-quite-recognizable Superman, whose dialogue (like the dialogue of every other character in the book) is unusually casual and flippant. The other Kryptonians (the ones whose presence gave this mini it’s title) play zero role in this issue, other than offering the survivors of New Genesis a place to stay on their world, and it’s impossible to reconcile this childish, whiny, ranting, gorilla-faced Darkseid with even the gooniest moments of Kirby’s Fourth World.
THE BOTTOM LINE: SOUND AND FURY
It’s easy to blow this off as an example of how ‘old-school’ storytelling doesn’t work any longer (and I’ve seen a couple of reviews that imply as much), but that’s not true at all. For all the skill in his drawings, Adams’ script for this issue is utterly incoherent, although he does a good job of creating an upbeat ending for Superman, Highfather and the insignificant Kryptonians. Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen #6 confuses volume with intensity, has some real issues with over-production in the coloring, and is just generally not particularly readable, but looks good enough to snag 2 out of 5 stars overall. I don’t know that it’s an experience I would recommend, but it is an experience…