Review: Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 (2016)

Can Superman Stop Darkseid's Army?

The second in the seven issue limited series by the legendary Neal Adams isn't the greatest Superman comic ever: read on to find out if it's worth buying.

If you want to avoid spoilers for this comic then skip to the overall section at the end.
Warning: Spoilers for Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 by Neal Adams

Apokalips Returns!

Comic panel of Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2
Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 by Neal Adams. DC Comics

In the previous issue, Superman faced Darkseid's army with the help of three mysterious men. All three dress like Superman and have similar powers.

The comic opens with Clark Kent leaving a little boy he's taking care of with a nanny named "Nanny Goody." The boy has a drawn-out conversation about the dog's name before dashing for the elevator. 

Clark pretends to take the stairs down to lobby but instead meets Jimmy Olsen on the roof. Darkseid's army attacks again. Superman gets knocked down by Kalibak. The three other Supermen try to help, but Kalibak's "electric gloves" put them at a distance. Superman takes him on.

Meanwhile Darkseid's mysterious "progenitor" heads back to Apokalips. He's stolen something from the labs of Lex Luthor

Where Is The Blood?!

Comic panel of Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2
Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 by Neal Adams. DC Comics

Superman claps the gloves together to short them out. While Kalibak howls in pain Superman knocks him out, yelling, "Shut Up!"

The four Supermen head to the hospital. The three new Supermen tell him they're from "New Krypton-Kandor". Maj-Ar, Tan-Em, and Vor-Em all volunteered to come help Superman in case he needed to "go somewhere else" for some reason. 

Superman demands that the doctor tell him what happened to the blood collected from them. He tears the lab apart looking for it, and finds Luthor hiding in the back.

Catch Me If You Can

Comic panel of Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2
Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 by Neal Adams. DC Comics

Luthor says he has a right to the blood, but Superman destroys it. Lex secretly swallows a pill to hide whatever they were working on. Superman demands that Luthor tell them what the Apokalips' soldiers were looking for in the secret lab in the back.

Just then, Kalibak bursts through the wall holding Rafi in his hands and threatens to crush him. Superman is left with a difficult decision. 

Overall: Borrow Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 by Neal Adams

Comic Cover of Superman the Coming of the Supermen #2 (of 6)
Cover of Superman the Coming of the Supermen #2 (of 6) by Neal Adams. DC Comics

Borrow this comic from a friend or the library.

While the writing in the last issue has a nice retro feel, this one felt hopelessly outdated. Superman greets Jimmy with a "wassup" to sound hip. But Lois yells at Superman like she's Jimmy Cagney, saying "Yoooou dirty rat!" 

All of the dialogue is stodgy and stiff. The plot is paper thin with non-existent motivation. However, the action is classic earth-shattering Neal Adams: Kalibak looks like a force of nature and Superman takes a pounding.

After decades of a sympathetic Lex Luthor, it's fun to see an unapologetically evil Lex. The banter between Superman and Lex Luthor is worth the price of admission.

Neal Adams' artwork is wonderful, but there's a strange foreshortening in several panels that is distracting.The colors by Alex Sinclair are bright and vibrant and give real depth and power to the comic.

Adams sets out to make a classic Superman story, but unfortunately, it just feels dated. It's a worthy effort that ultimately doesn't work.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

About Superman: Coming of the Supermen #2 (2016)

  • Writer Neal Adams
  • Artwork by Neal Adams
  • Inking by Neal Adams
  • Color by 
  • Official Synopsis: The terror of Apokolips continues as the combined might of Kal-El and the warriors from Kandor fight back against Darkseid's legions!
  • On Sale Date: March 16, 2016
  • U.S. Price: $3.99

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