Comic Review: Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (DC Comics)

The second issue of DC’s Superman Smashes The Klan brings us further along in this three-issue miniseries. The physical dimensions of this book are small (this is a small-sized comic), […]

The second issue of DC’s Superman Smashes The Klan brings us further along in this three-issue miniseries. The physical dimensions of this book are small (this is a small-sized comic), but its ambitions are grand.

It’s 1940s Metropolis, and the Klan are active, wearing white robes for secrecy. They are terrorizing minorities and planning even more devastation in town. Superman is distracted, talking to holograms of his bug-eyed parents. Clark is working at the paper, but also easily distracted. With distractions everywhere, what evil lurks?

Without revealing plot twists and turns, I can tell you that this is an enjoyable read. The kids are learning tolerance for each other’s differences. There’s some nicely handled back story about Clark’s youth. Prejudices and suspicions abound, but snap judgments are being rethought. It’s wholesome, but not sickly sweet. There’s fun, thrills and 1940’s flavour for all readers of this retro adventure.

Written by Gene Luen Yang, with Guri Hiru on art.

DC, Superman Smashes The Klan 2, $7.99 for 80 pages.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!