Mind Capsules – Superman #38 and Batman Eternal #44

Superman #38
Superman #38

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – John Romita Jr.
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Laura Martin, Ulises Arreola, Dan Brown, Wil Quintana

Superman #38 has been in the news of late even though the issue was just released today, not because the writing is exceptional – which it is, or because of the artwork – which is pretty good, but because this is the book where Superman gets a new power.  As if he needed more.  Thankfully, Geoff Johns is a good enough writer to pull it off because his explanation for this new ‘super flare’ power makes sense.  It does have a bad side effect for our hero though as once he uses it, he is essentially as mortal as anybody else and thus can be killed.  So should ol’ Supes decide to use it in the future, he better be sure to have some backup or at least know that it will defeat whoever it is he is up against.  Aside from the new power, Ulysses gets a beat-down, with said super flare the end result and thus putting him out of commission.  So all is well that ended well, at least for now.  For newer readers, a question does arise though and that is, when did Jimmy Olson become a billionaire?  As of this issue he is not so any longer, instead donating the money to help the citizens of Metropolis, but it is a little perplexing if you are new to the title.  The rest of the supporting cast was barely heard from, which was okay, though it was a little strange that Lois would get such a small part in the issue.  The revamping of Superman, and not just his power-set, by Geoff Johns has been coming along nicely and it is great to see that he is now a hero that is actually interesting to read about.  Superman has always been a good character but now with a writer who understands how to balance the old with the new, as has been evidenced with The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the JSA, Superman is finally getting to a place where he can once again be a great hero.

4 out of 5

Batman Eternal #44
Batman Eternal #44

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artist – Aco
Colours – Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Batman is out to stop one of the Arkham escapees, one by the name of Achilles Milo who uses his chemicals in a variety of ways as weapons or whatever the need might be.  While Bats is off handling that, Spoiler and Bluebird get in a tussle occurring after the revelation that Spoiler made last issue about Bruce Wayne and Batwing is still having a problem with ghosts.  Come the end of the issue, he is not the only one.  Another good book from the Batman Eternal team, though this one seemed to be a filler issue as Professor Milo does not seem to be a part of the larger scheme of things, at least for the moment.  It would have been nice to see more from Spoiler and the fallout from her little declaration as that was quite the big plot point for last issue.  The fall of Arkham Asylum is still continuing, especially for Batwing who cannot seem to shake off all of those ghosts.  There has to be a reason for it obviously, but it has not been made clear as of yet, though with the conclusion the book had, perhaps that will come sooner rather than later.  The artist of the book, Aco, is someone who has not drawn an issue of the title yet, but he does a great job and it would be nice to see him make a comeback at some point if DC is willing.  Though the issue was good, it will be great to see the book get back on track with the stuff we really want to see.  Also, where is Jason Bard?  What’s up with Gordon?  Too many questions that need answering.

3 out of 5

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