In Review: Convergence Adventures of Superman #2

This was an adventure of Superman I enjoyed.

The covers: Mikel Janin provides the artwork for the Main cover and it’s stellar! Superman, Supergirl, and Kamandi are up to their chests in gorillas, punching those that they can, against the backdrop of New York City. Wow! This is awesome for the artwork and the coloring. Is there any way to get Janin to do a Kamandi limited series? Superman’s hands are on his head as he lets loose a cry of anguish. Kal looks happy that the Convergence is leaving him behind. The artwork on this is by Curt Swam and Al Williamson, with the cover designed by Chip Kidd. Overall grades: Main A+ and Variant A

The story: Superman and Supergirl are in the Phantom Zone getting the tar beaten out of them by all the Kryptonian criminals who’ve been sentenced there. Just as there seems to be no hope, the pair hear a message from Lucius Fox, back in the “real” world: “I can bring you back to Gotham, but the projector’s nearly dead. You will both have to hurry.” The opening appears, but the villains want in. Being the Man of Steel, he pushes his cousin through while he stops them from following, leaving her in Gotham looking at the closing portal as her cousin battles all the super powered villains. Meanwhile, in New York City, General Symian is having his forces attack any humans on the street, demanding that their champion appear so he may battle him or her. Kamandi and his allies watch from a distance, unsure how to stop the carnage. Marv Wolfman shows how to tell a story masterfully. He opens with the hero in danger, yet another problem has begun before he’s even evaded the first obstacle. Outstanding! Bringing Kamandi and his world into collision with Superman’s was a great idea. I love this Jack Kirby creation and any time he appears I’m as happy as can be. The battle that breaks out between the heroes and villains is epic, with Superman put in classic peril. The solution to his situation is super and the finale great. I love the final words in the final panel. This was a perfect Superman story. Overall grade: A+

The art: This shows my age, but I really appreciate seeing the villains of the Phantom Zone in the clothing that they’re wearing. This is right in my wheelhouse for the time period I first encountered these rogues and penciller Roberto Viacava and inker Andy Owens make this book classy from the first page. Looking at all of these characters swarming on Superman and Supergirl is also a terrific image, putting the pair in instant peril from the get go. Seeing Kal sport a swollen eye at the top of Page 3 only intensified the danger the two were in. The scenes involving Kamandi and this foes and friends were amazing. Looking at the apes as they swarm the city and as Kamandi does battle with their leader made me wish that DC was planning a Kamandi series–it would be so cool if Viacava and Owens were handling the visuals. As sharp as the characters look, mention should also be made of the really impressive architecture that’s used for the city settings, in both the present and Kamandi’s future. The standard upward shots of buildings are not the norm in this book, as these artists show a variety of buildings from a myriad of angles, with outstanding examples being on Pages 8, 10, 11, and 13. This is some really nice work and I hope that DC keeps this pair in mind for a other work. Overall grade: A

The colors: Fantastic coloring throughout this book by Sotocolor. I love the opening pink and green colors used for the Phantom Zone, though the computer effect used to create wispy swirls in the distance stood out like a computer effect. Better is when the colors are dimmed for settings in the distance, while things in the foreground are brighter, such as on Page 5. Supergirl’s x-ray vision elicits a cool blue effect and the greens in Kamandi’s city are beautiful. This was a good job. Overall grade: A

The letters: Rob Leigh has created dialogue, opening credits (No title?), Lucius’ broadcast, yells, scene setting, animal speak, roars, and sounds. He does a great job on all, with that rumbling on the final two pages outstanding. Overall grade: A

The final line: This was an adventure of Superman I enjoyed. Action, adventure, heart, and Supergirl. This was a Superfan’s dream come true. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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