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Superman, Vol. 2: Secrets & Lies (The New 52) Hardcover – July 2, 2013
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About the Author
Dan Jurgens is a writer and artist most famous for creating Booster Gold as well as for being one of the main forces behind “The Death of Superman.” He has written and/or illustrated titles such as JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA, Captain America, The Sensational Spider-Man, Thor, TEEN TITANS, AQUAMAN, DC’s Tangent imprint, and the company-wide DC crossover known as ZERO HOUR.
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This title had some interesting ideas for one I loved the idea of a so-called "reporter" er-blogger claims to have found the secret identity of Superman (SPOILER - he's wrong about it) and it's a media field day. It was rather entertaining. Then we have a new villain by the name of Anguish. This created a interesting parallel for Superman. Our hero who is so hard to challenge with his somewhat limited rogue's gallery. So how do we make a challenge for the Man of Steel? What if he couldn't touch the villain? Unfortunately, again we get a villain with not alot of depth but the story here is still interesting.
We get the cliche' of Russia trying to make their own Superman. This might have worked in the Cold War and I know America is still skiddish with Russia, but really? However, the backfire and the character in it make an interesting argument with our Man of Steel.
Finally, is the introduction of Helspont! Initially, I was very set off by his appearance. "Who is that guy? He reeks of the 90's and almost looks familiar." Yup, Helspont of Wild C.A.T.'s. I never read it, but though designs stuck with me as they were quite a product of the 90's. I never knew the name Helspont but I knew it was him when I saw this. I like him! He works here, very well. A very powerful and intelligent villain. Luckily they make his next appearance more subtle and less 90's. The ending is not exactly a cliff hanger but letting Superman know there's more in store.
Better stories, good ideas but the art is well I cannot say anything nice. Superman still looks like Clark! I thought Clark was supposed to look frumpy and nerdy. Superman is supposed to look dashing, bold and gallant yet he doesn't. Why in the last pages is his hair down like he just got out of the shower? The character design feels so over the place. But it doesn't help we have different artists for the last issue. Meanwhile, this volume carries no additional art and or sketches. A shame, for I would have liked to see the Helspont concepts.
Still, New 52 Superman is leaving little to no impact. It sells an average of 56 month so far, which is above average but for Superman?! When Batman has been selling an average of 130k a month. Superman really needs an equivalent of The Court of Owl or Death of The Family - something of that caliber. I am hoping and thinking his H'el on Earth for Vol. 3 maybe just that. Let's wait and see.
Helspont, introduced by Jurgens, and followed by Scott Lobdel and Fabian Nicieza, is in my opinion the weak point here. He's supposed to be more powerful than Superman, and yet, he will not destroy him. Helspont is a newer version of Darkseid, but there is nothing fresh about his character here. Heslpont's character is developed in issues 7. 8, and Superman Annual 1. Issues 7 and 8 show readers some action, which is well illustrated by Jurgens and Jesus Merino. Reading Superman Annual leaves me wishing for the old simplistic General Zod motto in the Superman 1978 movie, "Bow! Yield! Kneel!"
In Combat and Home, Superman deals with an alien threat on Russian soil. An alien brought by force on Russian soil through a dimensional gateway kills innocent civilians on his quest to get back. Superman wants to fight him and make him pay for his crimes, while the alien justifies them as self-defense in a planet that doesn't want him.
I like the introduction of Lois's sister, Lucy. Her presence immediately adds tension to Superman stories. She is going to be another person left wondering about Clark. Let's see how Superman writers build tension around this in the future.