The GeeksverseSuperman #708 – A Week Late Review

Superman #708 – A Week Late Review
Published on Thursday, February 17, 2011 by

Written by: J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson
Penciled by: Eddy Barrows
Inked by: J.P. Mayer w/ Judd Ferreira
Colors: Rod Reis
Letters: John J. Hill
Cover Art: A- John Cassaday w/ David Baron; B- Trevor Hairsine w/ Val Staples
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

This issue came out last week but I finally got a chance to read it this week and felt it was deserving of a review.

The first thought that came to mind when I saw all these Superman from all other eras was “JMS has been reading Hickman’s Fantastic Four”. It seems to follow what Hickman created with all these Reeds from all the alternate universes banding together.

The idea, that Superman inspired all these people, is a good one. We’ve known that he has inspired heroes before and makes sense that he would again.

That all these Supers are worried that he’s having a crisis of faith is pretty silly. I don’t remember “Grounded” being about Superman having a crisis of faith in “truth, justice and the american way”. I thought it started off as a means for him to reconnect with the little man? The common man? I’m confused now on what “Grounded” was meant to be.

Now that JMS (and it was in JMS’s last full issues) introduced the mysterious lady that is trying to cause Superman’s crisis of faith, it causes “Grounded” to lose all it’s importance. Now it just becomes a story of Superman fighting off mind control.

Haven’t we seen that before? The original idea of “Grounded”, Superman wanting to reconnect with the common man and the little guy, was good and is now lost. And to have Superman wondering, in the middle of the story, if he should get involved in a traffic accident? Isn’t that the point of “Grounded”? For Superman to get involved in that?

And the Superman Squad is just bad. Really, really bad. They decide to warn Superman that there is an outside influence in the hopes that he’ll still make the right decision? There seems to be a piece missing. How does the question of “must there be a superman” even relate to not believing in “truth, justice and the american way”? It’s a question that the answer to has nothing to do with what his crisis of faith is about. There must be a Superman because there are things that threaten the world that only a Superman can deal with.

Question answered. Can we wrap up this storyline now?

And that’s not even getting into the Wonder Woman appearance. So we have proof now that the rest of the DCU has forgotten about her. So how does Wonder Girl still exist? Donna Troy? Or is it only in Superman and Wonder Woman that this new reality is happening? She’s in the new costume and is part of the JLA in the JLA/99 mini-series. I’m confused.

And that Wonder Woman ends up being the woman that he inspires?

Eddy Barrow’s artwork is pretty good. Good to see him back on the book. He would have been a good choice for the new Wonder Woman, since Don Kramer can’t seem to keep a deadline and needs help. The Superman Squad is kind of boring looking though, he had a chance to really have some fun and took the safe route.

His panels flow smoothly with no jumps and the action is well laid out.

Superman #708 receives
2 out of 5

This storyline just needs to wrap up. It’s reached the meandering point and doesn’t relate to what it originally was.

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