I tip my proverbial hat to writer Tom Taylor. He has kept me at the comic shop waiting for the next issue with this series. This comic was released as a way to boost the game that was released shortly after. The twelve issue series takes place before the game and builds up to the point where you would start in the game. Warning! Spoiler alert!
The story begins with playful married couple banter between Superman and Lois in their high rise Metropolis apartment. The idea of the perfect life is given. The scene ends with Lois revealing that she is pregnant with their child. This is a perfect setup because it is completely juxtaposed to the ending. Issue one ends with Lois dead and Metropolis destroyed. The culprit is none other than the Joker.
The Joker used Scarecrow’s fear toxin to make Superman think he was fighting Doomsday. Superman grabbed his old foe and flew him into space where the lack of oxygen knocks him out. The fear toxin wears off and Superman finds that it wasn’t Doomsday he flew into space. It was Lois. She is dead along with their unborn child. It is a very dark twist.
This of course sends Superman off the reservation. This message is given loud and clear when Superman flies light speed to Gotham Prison where Batman interrogates the Joker, and waste no time in putting his arm through Joker’s chest. That panel, on page 10 of issue #2, is one of the most unforgettable I have ever seen. Superman’s bloody hand sticking out of the back of the Joker. The Joker’s last breath is a long loud, “Haaaaaaa…” Batman is in the background with a shocked look. That one panel locked me into the series. I had to keep reading and see how this all played out.
I haven’t been disappointed. Each issue draws you in deeper as Superman ends wars, pacifies all crime, continues to kill villains, and ultimately forces the world’s governments into submission. The other heroes choose sides as some fall in line with Superman and others try to stop him. The story continues to escalate up to an awesome confrontation between Superman and Batman in the last issue. It ends with a broken back for Batman, Alfred with super strength, and Superman catching a beat down from Alfred before he escapes with Batman in his arms.
I have to say I was very disappointed to see the series end. It had become one of my favorite reads. It wasn’t long before DC surprised by restarting the series as a new ongoing. Tom Taylor is still at the helm and the series is still one of my favorite reads.