Issue 8 of Superman beings the “Escape From Dinosaur Island” arc. This book continues to closely follow Clark and Jonathan’s father son relationship. As a matter of fact the whole accidental trip to Dinosaur Island starts because of a hiccup in John’s school science project that transports him, Clark and Krypto to this mysterious island. Upon arriving it seems that the military had once had a presence there but had been decimated. As they are trying to locate John’s science project to try and get back home we see our group of heroes attacked by various prehistoric animals like something that seemed like a giant piranha to pterodactyl like dinosaurs. As they discover more human remains they find a cave where written on the wall is “THIS IS THE STORY OF THE LOSERS”.
This title so far has been very distinct from what we saw from Superman in the new 52. This is the first time I have ever had Superman on my pull list, and I find that very interesting as I am not really a Superman fan. But they previous and now current arc showing Superman’s relationship with his son has really pulled me in. It would seem like they are setting up John to have big moment or just setting him up for his book with Damian. Whatever the reason I am glad that they took this rout with this book as it depicts Superman still doing superhuman things but also doing things that millions of people do every day with their children. That to me makes him very relatable, something I have found difficult in the past. I really enjoyed the DC house style artwork that Doug Mahnke brings to this book which goes hand in hand with Wil Quintana’s colors. Through 8 issues I am happy to say that I am still in on Superman.
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Artwork: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Jaime Mendoza
Colors: Wil Quintana