DC Comics (April, 2012)“THE MEASURE OF A SUPERMAN” WRITER: George Pérez PENCILER: Nicola Scott INKER: Trevor Scott COLORIST: Brett Smith
(PROLOGUE FOR NEXT ISSUE) DIALOGUE/STORY/LAYOUTS: Keith Giffen & Dan Jurgens FINISHES Jesũs Merino COLORIST: Tanya & Richard Horie
LETTERER: Rob Leigh COVER: George Pérez & Brian Buccellato ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Will Moss EDITOR: Matt Idelson “SUPERMAN” CREATORS: Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
After being attacked by Superboy in issue #6 of that comic, Supergirl stops in Metropolis to talk to Superman only to see him on a rampage. However, this isn’t the real Superman but a confused alien nanite defense system (as part of a storyline in Action Comics #7, which isn’t out yet). When the real Superman breaks its hold on him, it’s Superman versus Superman and only Superman will survive.
What they got right: I will say one thing for this storyline; it certainly kept you guessing. The changes in Superman’s personality is explained and the story is wrapped up before the new writers (at only issue 6, mind you) take over.
What they got wrong: So what IS Superman’s personality in the New 52 line? Darned if I know because we haven’t had a modern-day Superman story yet. That makes a story like this poorly-timed. Also, referencing an Action Comics story that won’t be released for two weeks, as the caption itself states? I’m not sure that’s a good idea.
Recommendation: This wouldn’t have been a bad arc had the series been out for a while or had been done in the previous timeline, prior to Flashpoint and the New 52. Frankly, I’d be dropping this series at this issue where it not for Jurgens and Giffen. (Seeing as how I’m enjoying Jurgen’s Justice League International series.) Still, I’m not looking forward to the Daemonite storyline.
There are two good fights scenes, one with Supergirl and the fake Superman and the other with the two Supermen. Both are too long for a Best Scene nomination.