Much more than Kryptonite, clinging so closely to the past is what’s really weakening the Man of Tomorrow.
Orlando, through Batman, is saying members of diverse demographics “need to see heroes are [Asian, black, female, gay, etc]. Like them. That they can be heroes.”
The prospect of Lois and Clark having their second first date – a mere 973 issues after their seminal first first date – imbibes Jurgens’ Action run with some much-needed excitement.
An intriguing possibility is that the man behind the cowl is not Bruce Wayne, but rather an impersonator… This theory is the only possible salvation for an otherwise plodding and pointless plot.
Cullen Bunn’s Maul is nothing more than anger, hatred, and vengeance without reason or purpose. He’s robbed of his mystique when we find there’s nothing hidden beneath the mask.
The concept of a mythological expedition in the style and structure of ancient epics and set in the DC universe is an absolutely inspired idea worthy of better writing and art than is found here. At their best, both Benjamin and Grevioux rise to the occasion of this premise, but fail to maintain that greatness consistently throughout.
Jurgens’ Superman is the ultimate exemplar, whose very example makes others more morally like him, both the characters in the story, and those of us reading the text.