Superman #25 Review
DC’s Superman #25 picks up where #24 leaves off, with Manchester Black corrupting Jon’s mind, readying him to attack his father, Superman.
Superman, Batman, Robin, Frankenstein and his Bride, battle Black and his Elites, while they attempt to free Jon from Black’s control.
Jon saw Superman accidentally cut off Lois’s leg and sear it back together using his heat vision before taking her to a hospital in issue #23. Superman tries to convince his son that Black has the ability to make people see what he wants and Lois is fine, but Black’s control is embedded too deep into Jon.
Lois’s arrival and the telekinetic help from Kathy help Jon break free and defeat Black.
I discovered one typo, that kept me thinking about Rufio from Hook. Batman says, “Bangarang” instead of Batarang. It’s a meaningless and easy mistake. The “g” is next to the “t” on the keyboard, but it distracted for a moment.
As bleak as this issue was, there were moments of fun banter. Like the exchange between Frankenstein and his Bride.
The “Black Dawn” story has been my favorite in the Rebirth Superman series. It wraps up nicely and utilizes every story from the series prior.
Superman’s parenting skills have been tested during the Rebirth Superman run and “Black Dawn” shows the reader that he is doing a good job. We see that Superman’s beliefs have been deeply instilled into Jon, and it takes a super-powered maniac to corrupt the young boy, but even then, Jon still fights back, believing in his father.
I feel like the Superman series has been lacking insight into characters. We get snippets from time to time, but I would feel a stronger connection with the characters if we were given more. For example in issue #23 when it appears Lois loses her leg, we see Jon scream, but we don’t know what he’s thinking. We’re given a little insight into Superman when he is disappointed that the first time he sees his son fly is under the control of Black. I would love to see more moments like that. It humanizes Superman and makes him more relatable.
Towards the end, we get beautiful artwork. I love the coloring, emotion, and use of space. There were multiple artists on this issue, which led to inconsistencies and I wasn’t always pleased with some of the drawings or coloring. The book’s art starts off strong, gets weak towards the middle to end-ish, and finishes strong.
If you want to see what happens to Black, I recommended picking this issue up. His ending is quite funny.