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Superman: Redemption (Superman (DC Comics)) Paperback – January 2, 2008
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Imagine saying a prayer and believing God would answer it, only to have Superman swoop in and rescue you from harm. The lines between God and Superman are explored in the "Angel" storyline, with Superman questioning his own theological underpinnings and trying to accept that he cannot be a divine instrument to anyone, nor should he be. This story grips you in places the traditional comic "bad guy vs. good guy" story doesn't. The questions Superman asks of himself in this story cause the lines to blur between comic story-telling and theological thought. This particular story deserves more consideration than it might traditionally receive among comic fans.
Likewise, Fabian's offering in the story "Redemption" is a very complex look at the issue from almost the exact opposite side of the debate. A self-proclaimed hero, powered by the faith of his congregation becomes a self-justified "hand of God," and begins to exact revenge upon the people of another faith. This story begins very strong, and the questions it asks of us are worth noting. To what extent do people attempt to act as though they have divine authority? How many lives are taken as people take theological sides and exact war upon each other? And if Superman is to be a morally free agent, how can he take sides between two opposing theologies? While I might not quite agree with how Fabian answers these questions at the end of the arc, I deeply appreciate him for asking them.
As you can see, this volume from DC Comics is pretty complex reading for a comic book. There is a degree of moral ambiguity here that weaves it way through real world issues. I do agree with a previous reviewer that some of the panels can feel a bit "preachy" at times. But I'm not convinced that this isn't maybe a good thing, and I also don't feel like it detracts from the overall complexity of the work.
This is my opinion, a five-star read for the reasons I outlined. It is possible I suppose for those very reasons to be the sort of thing that turns off other readers, so hopefully you have enough here to weigh your options before purchasing.
I liked Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco's story, "Angel," which is where the cover comes from. Although the idea of supermen rising to near godhood among the rest of us is an old one, Busiek makes it personal through his character, Barbara Johnson. This story was touted as being the first Superman had to deal with regarding someone that thought they could just call him whenever they needed him (which makes me think of him constantly listening for Lois's voice or Jimmy Olsen's signal watch).
Although Superman struggles with Barbara Johnson's needs and how to handle it, the story does become a little preachy. The saccharine sweet ending especially lends to this, even though the tale probably couldn't be resolved happily any other way. The art is really good and Superman looks good in action, but the back and forth with the action development slows things down a little.
Fabian Nicieza strikes a different chord for belief in "Redemption." This story is longer than the first, but probably could have been resolved just as quickly. The author throws in a crisis in Africa and Superman's own religious upbringing and choice about church attendance. I enjoyed the scenes with Superman talking to Lois and Ma Kent, but it delayed the inevitable because the reader knows how the tale has to end. Allan Goldman's art is striking and I liked his panels a lot. Everything has a finished look to it and I got the sense of a complete world rather than stripped down images you can sometimes get.
"The Beast From Krypton" is just a fun-filled romp in a way. Superman becomes possessed by a demon and it takes Zatanna and the Phantom Stranger to pull him from the brink. There are a lot of scenes in this issue that you really wouldn't expect to see in the regular comic. Superman spitballing Luthor to death was a hoot and made me laugh out loud. I've been reading about Superman for years and I never once thought what an incredible weapon a super-powered spitball would be. I'll never forget it now, though. Walter Simonson's art was kind of edgy and different, and reminded me of the heavy inks on a Jack Kirby story.
All in all, this anthology was easy to read and leaves the reader with a little to think about and a big chuckle at the end.