The GeeksverseSuperman #707

Superman #707
Published on Sunday, January 16, 2011 by

Written by: J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson
Penciled by: Allan Goldman
Inked by: Eber Ferreira
Colored by: Marcelo Maiolo
Lettered by: John J. Hill
Cover Art: A- John Cassaday w/ David Baron; B- Jo Chen
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

An interesting idea. Superman gets confronted between a rock and a hard place. A chemical plant in Kansas is polluting the environment but the plant is the only place in town for the townsfolk to work and make a living. What does he do?

Surprisingly he sides with the plant.

The idea of Superman getting in the middle of a real world moral quagmire is great. Showing him dealing with a world of shades of gray is great. Adding a super human element to it? Not so great. With hints of mind control and the appearance of the Super Squad at the end ruin the potential impact that the moral quagmire could give Superman and this issue.

This inaction and indeciveness that Superman shows at the beginning of the issue seems out of place. It seems to come from nowhere. To have Superman say “what good am I really doing” after saving a crashing helicopter, a little girl and stopping some bank robbers is just wrong. This is Superman afterall. Isn’t saving people what he does? Wasn’t the whole point of “Grounded” so that he could walk among the common man and do these kind of smaller savings instead of just the overall world saving?

Nothing in this issue makes much sense in the overall scheme of the story arc.

Roberson’s script is solid though. He does a good job with what he’s given. But it’s hard to believe that this was where Grounded was heading for in the first place. That Superman hasn’t been feeling himself lately and has questions with no answers, shouldn’t that have been built up for awhile? We’ve seen the mysterious woman in one issue then we had the two interludes. It makes it come out of the blue and out of place.

Goldman’s art is very good. I like his Lois in this issue. He does a good job with the plant employees, showing them different sizes and shapes, heights, weights, etc.. He maintains consistency between the various people extremely well. His action scenes are well done as well.

His layouts are fairly standard, nothing out of the ordinary, but then the story doesn’t call for anything beyond standard. That he chooses to keep it standard instead of something different, in his first major work, is a testament to him. Some new artists would have tried to make a statement, but instead he lets the story choose the layouts.

Superman #707 receives
2.5 out of 5

Grounded has been fairly disappointing so far and this is no exception.

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