Comic Review: Superman Special and Quicksilver: No Surrender!


This week the Man of Steel wraps up some loose ends in Superman Special #1, and the fastest Avenger gets to star in his own miniseries with Quicksilver: No Surrender!

Superman Special #1 (DC Comics)

With Brian Michael Bendis taking over the Superman books at the end of the month, DC has given the creative teams of Superman and Action Comics the chance to wrap up any loose ends before Bendis’ arrival on the books. That means the Superman Special features the usual creative team of Peter J Thomasi and Patrick Gleason (with Scott Godlewski on art) tackling one of the last loose ends of their run: Dinosaur Island. Jumping back into that location leads to an issue that contains all of the action, heart, and humor that you’ve come to love from their run.

After leaving Captain Storm behind many issues ago, Superman and Superboy make their way back to the island to rescue him. As a thank you for rescuing their world by staying behind, the duo have returned to bring Captain Storm back, setting him up in the modern day with a new identity and sense of purpose, as he travels the world bringing peace to families of the members of his crew.

Simply put, this special issue expertly captures the subtle nuances that Tomasi and Gleason have given Superman and his son throughout the run. Tomasi has long been one of DC’s unsung creative forces, and when he’s paired with Patrick Gleason the results are electric. Superman Special doesn’t skimp on the Dinosaur Island action, but the duo also give the issue a surprising amount of heart, with some fun instances of humor as well. Under the care of these two, Superman becomes the symbol you’ve always wanted him to be.

Scott Godlewski is an almost near perfect copy of Patrick Gleason’s style in this issue. Typically that would be something I’d complain about, but with this run you expect Superman and his cast of characters to look a certain way, and with this being Tomasi and Gleason’s swan song on the book, and if Patrick Gleason is too busy to draw, then Godlewski is the next best thing. This issue is chock full of awesome scenes, but the most impressive are the ones with Captain Storm trying to readjust to being back home, and the short scenes with Clark and his son. There’s a very quiet melancholy feeling that permeates through those panels, and it’s pretty beautiful.

While I’m certainly excited to see what Bendis has planned for the Man of Steel, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t wishing that Tomasi and Gleason were staying on board. But at the very least, we’ll have their run, which is a fantastic read if you haven’t read it already. All things considered, it’s nice that Tomasi and Gleason were given the opportunity to say goodbye to the Man of Steel. At least for now, that is.


Quicksilver: No Surrender #1 (Marvel Comics)

With the Avengers recently wrapping up their “No Surrender” storyline, it’s time for….a Quicksilver spin off? Surprisingly, Marvel is releasing Quicksilver: No Surrender, a new miniseries that takes place between the events of the recently wrapped Avengers mega story. With a creative team that boasts names like writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Eric Nguyen, you’d expect a pretty interesting story. Well, unfortunately even with those two names attached to the book, Quicksilver: No Surrender ends up being a bore.

How exactly do you make a Quicksilver story boring? Well for starters, you have the entire world around him come to a screeching halt. It’s an interesting idea, for sure, but since we already know that the Avengers end up coming out on top in the No Surrender storyline, it robs this miniseries of any kind of stakes. As much as Saladin Ahmed injects some good character work into the issue, it can’t take away from the fact that nothing in this story will be of consequence, because we know that the Avengers have already won the battle.

Eric Nguyen’s loose style works well for this issue, at least. When it comes to dynamic shots of Quicksilver making his way across the world, Nguyen delivers. There’s a great sense of motion and fluidity to his panels, and even with the slower moments of the book it works really well.

I honestly can’t explain what is going on at Marvel that would make them think that now would be the right time to release this book. It would’ve fared much better as a release that came out halfway through the No Surrender event. Releasing it now is just a weird decision, and it can’t really do much to get me to care about anything in the miniseries. Unfortunately, this time Quicksilver falls flat on his face.

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