Comic Review: Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Death of Superman #1 (DC Comics)

Everyone in the modern landscapes of comics and fandom know this story, about the death of Superman, but, no one knows how events transpired in other universes, especially within the […]

Everyone in the modern landscapes of comics and fandom know this story, about the death of Superman, but, no one knows how events transpired in other universes, especially within the dark trenches of the Dark Multiverse!

After succeeding in his battle against Doomsday, Superman dies, and in the wake of mourning and rage, Lois Lane is left broken. Unable to rest, and dissatisfied with how the world had failed her husband, she decides to take matters into her own hands. What happens within this universe, and how will it differ from the original universe? How far will Lois go to avenge her fallen lover? And who will suffer during the reign of Lois Lane?

If it hasn’t been stated already, this is a Dark Multiverse title, which means that any happy ending is futile, and the only promise is the roller coaster ride to oblivion. And I have to say that this was a pretty fun roller coaster ride to damnation given how Loveness finds new ways for events to unfold while making the beats of the original story fit in nicely. Not only dealing with the Death but also exploring the fallout leading to the Return storyline and finding new ways to subvert the story in ways that wasn’t entirely expected. What I enjoyed most is how Lois Lane is written, and how despite her grieving and rage, that she is aware of how much she has changed, and how it is not something that Superman would have been proud of. Seeing her use the powers that she inherits and despite good intent, goes to extremes to eradicate anyone who either does crime or has failed to prevent the constant cycle and repeat of crime that tends to happen often within the main universe that readers are accustomed to.

Brad Walker was a really solid choice for this book due to his dynamic art style that in some cases echos bits of Dan Jurgens’ work from the very same story that he and Loveness are pulling from. There are some fantastic pages where we see the display of power that Lois expels on all those that cross her merciless path. But what makes Walker’s art shine is his ability to show the subtleties of Lois through the wonderfully rendered expressions that are drawn throughout the book, which aside from the large scale battles, really got my attention the most. Henessey and Rapmund’s inks and Kalisz’s colors breathes a sense of power and energy that only enhances Walker’s pencil work, and coupled with Cowel’s lettering really makes this book stand out as a solid one shot. I definitely recommend picking this book up for new comic book day, especially for this Halloween season!

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