Superman #12 – The Unity Saga The House of El part 6 is published by DC Comics, written by Brian Micheal Bendis, with art by Ivan Reis, inks by Joe Prado and Oclair Albert, colors by Alex Sinclair, and letters by Josh Reed.
With Kara Zor-El and Krypto having joined the fight alongside, that started last issue, Superman and Jon, the house of El has been brought together to fend off the brutal attack of its enemies. And once the dust settles from the battle we discover that the reinforcements have also come bearing revelations.
I found this issue to be a bit of a mixed bag. While I loved Bendis’s continued focus on human moments and the emotions of the growing cast, it felt like this issue was stalling out as the story was kept from continuing at its natural pace. Demands for answers are made repeatedly but the nature and circumstances surrounding these moments felt like it was simply being done to draw the story out. This left me feeling like much of the issue was underutilized if not outright wasted.
Though, one particular bright spot for me came from the panels with General Zod. During a momentary clash with Superman, we are given a bit of a glimpse into what is going on behind the curtain with him. I won’t give spoilers, but I was pleased with what was revealed. I feel Bendis really understands this character and I look forward to his continued presence in the story.
While Zod’s presence was a high point the presence of Kara, on the other hand, is handled a little awkwardly. While I liked the way she is written her part in the story play out in such a way that can’t be called anything but awkward. She has a purpose to appear, but once that purpose is complete it seems clear that there is no further use for her and she is sent off as abruptly as she appeared.
The art team continues to deliver wonderful panels that brought the emotions of the characters into view. These strong portrayals showing relief, frustration, anger, or love are crystal clear on the page and go a long way to helping salvage some of the moments where the plot languishes a little. This is also true for the opening battle sequence, as close-ups are plentiful and allow the reader to feel right in the thick of the action, as opposed to the sense of observing such events from afar as is sometimes the case.
As with previous issues I also enjoyed continuing to see Superman in the role of a father. Having become so accustomed to Superman’s classic confidence and strength, it is refreshing to see something that can be a weakness for his judgment. Especially since it doesn’t involve another new colored piece of rock from his homeworld.
While Superman #12 left me feeling a little underwhelmed, it has a strong start, good characterization, and overall left me with enough new information and plot hooks that I am hopeful next issue can bring the story back to the higher levels attained by the promise of previous issues.
Superman #12 is available now wherever comics are sold.
While Superman #12 left me feeling a little underwhelmed, it has a strong start and good characterization.