The GeeksverseSuperman #714

Superman #714
Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by

Written by: J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson
Penciled by: Jamal Igle
Inked by: Jon Sibal w/ Robin Riggs
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: John J. Hill
Cover Art: A- John Cassaday w/ David Baron; B- George Perez w/ Guy Major
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

JMS’s Grounded storyline comes to a close at long last and it just seems like it was 20 issues too long. I know the storyline didn’t last 20 issues, at this point I can’t even remember how many parts it was, but it definately feels like it was too long. This could have easily been a 6 issue story. There was no need to drag it out as long as it did.

There was a lack of an epic feel to the story. There was a lack of a feel to the story itself. I never once bought this thing about Superman being depressed and it was what led him to think about retiring. Every step of the way it felt forced. “Grounded” was a waste of a years plus worth of stories. It didn’t add anything to the mythos of Superman, it didn’t grow the character in anyway.

In fact, I’d say it lessened the character of Superman. There was too much concentration on the “truth, justice and the american way” especially in light of the story in Action Comics #900 where Superman renounced his US citizenship. Nothing in this story reinforced why there needs to be a Superman.

And the answer given to that question in this issue? No sense whatsoever. Because some woman became the embodiment of his depression and gained his powers, he now feels that there should be a Superman?

It just doesn’t work.

The art by Igle is decent. He’s not the most dynamic artist but he’s solid in all the ways that count. His name won’t ever sell a book, but as a fill-in artist he’s what you want.

Superman #714 receives
2 out of 5

A badly done wrap-up to a storyline that just makes no sense in the end.

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