I am a fan of Neal Adams, and I have swallowed almost all his production, but the miniseries of “The arrival of the supermen” not yet, and the release of this 152-page hardcover tome from CCP It was an opportunity that I could not miss to discover this work. As always, Adams’s drawing is impeccable, but the development of the story seems like another story, although the beginning is very attractive.
It all starts in an unexpected way: three new Kryptonians dressed in the same way as Superman appear out of nowhere, and arrive in Metropolis to face an infestation of demons at the command of kalibak before his own Superman, who is on another mission in the Middle East. And he is in it when an enigmatic being appears to him who recommends him to take care of a boy and his dog, whom he has just saved. To Superman’s perplexity, the being shows him a journey into the past in which he shows him the longevity of Apokolips. “Okay,” I thought, “we’re going to tie into Geoff Johns’s ‘The Fourth World,’ so I think I know where the shots are going to go,” but I was sorely wrong.
Let’s see: “the fourth world It is a master saga in which we have a somewhat more primitive, manipulative archetype of Lex Luthor, but with a touch of Professor Bacterio. And drinking neither more nor less than Jack Kirby, whom I consider the only author capable of bringing a certain order out of chaos. And the origin of DC’s cosmic sagas. WellNeal Adams he inherits that spirit in a very dignified way, but without the proper direction.
He seems disoriented and, rather than seeking to make a work with a personal stamp, he tries to pay homage, but in a somewhat chaotic way, because, let’s see: it’s not his creation, it’s not his character, and it’s neither Johns nor Kirby, who were at the zenith of both his career and his creative journey. So even though he sounds bad, he does what he can.
Also, Adams has his style as a screenwriter, and has had to join forces with those of Tony Bedard to catch. Adams makes outdated scripts, typical of another era. However, the drawing is the same as always, well adapted to the times.
Anyway, let’s go back to the comic: it starts with a bang, getting us into the middle of the action, without any kind of introduction and/or prologue. Three superheroes dressed as Superman enter Metropolis from nowhere to face demons, a Luthor and, for that matter, also Darkseid. So combo. All at once! Yes sir! And, well, battles, confrontations, battles and more confrontations with a somewhat questionable order, without much sense and out of context. The script? He stands aside. The story barely holds up, and the characters are overacted, they don’t even have the character they need to have.
For example: Darkseid is not the alien terror that is capable of inspiring fear and concern in the Justice League in full, but rather looks like a South American dictator with delusions of grandeur. Dear readers: Can you imagine Superman and Luthor throwing the talk to the alimón as if nothing had happened? And Luthor is not the twisted scientist who considers Superman as a potential threat, but… that… well, you can find out for yourself: he looks like Dexter (the one from “Dexter’s Laboratory”, cartoon, not the psychopath coroner), and continually asks someone to cross his face repeatedly and, if it is with superpowers, even better. And Superman? He’s a good guy, okay, I grant it, but it’s one thing to be good, and another to behave like the fucking dad of all mankind.
For the rest, the course of action is flat, unoriginal, just crude and boring. It doesn’t invite you to turn the page, and you have to swallow it like a bad meal when you’re invited to your in-laws’ house.
And it annoys me, because neal adams He is one of the reference authors of my childhood and adolescence, and is an icon in the history of comics. It annoys me because the author of Ra’s Al Ghul Saga, the creator of the considered official iconography of Batman as we know him today, the cartoonist of the war saga Kree Skrull, one of those who brought forward X Menthe one who made dead man someone interesting, the author of so many iconic covers… has done this unnecessarily. Couldn’t they put a writer on it to deliver a story with rhythm and interest? Yeah, okay: he’s still Neal Adams and details of his typical narrative are still visible. Even some brilliant sequence. But it’s a waste of his talent. The story is disjointed, diffuse and unattractive.
This comic is disappointing: poorly defined characters, a drawing far from the best time of the author, poorly written dialogue (or, failing that, poorly translated, which could also be). It may sound like I’m getting fed up with this work, but I don’t understand why it’s like that: it’s neal adams, and Neal Adams is required more than the average author precisely because of everything he has been. We have really consumed even worse comics, and this issue is ideal for all collectors of the author, and as a witness to his decline as an author, not as an artist and cover artist. Adams is already a product of another time. He, too, can be preserved as a witness to the evolution of the art of this otherwise magnificent draftsman.
It has hurt me. Neal Adams is one of my favorite authors, and I don’t like to see such a decadence that, on top of that, it won’t even be his fault, but he smells commissioned from afar.
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