REVIEW: ‘Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman,’ Issue #2

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Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 is published by DC Comics, written by Dan Watters, art by Leila Del Duca, colors by Nick Filardi, and letters by Tom Napolitano. With Superman weakened by the red sunlight emitting from Solaris, Wonder Woman retreats with him to the Fortress of Solitude to take stock of their situation. With Solaris awaiting Superman and a displeased Sun God still high in the sky, how will our heroic duo save the day?

With the previous issue stumbling out of the gate, thanks to its overbearing take on Superman, I had worries about whether or not this issue would be able to recover. However, I can honestly say this story is a marked improvement over its predecessor. Through not only an improved approach to the Man of Steel but also the way it utilizes Wonder Woman.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 opens with a groggy Superman trying to recall how he came to be back at the Fortress of Solitude. Once he finds Wonder Woman, she quickly catches him up on the developing situation in the skies above Earth. While Superman would eagerly rush forward to face his foe, he is held in check by his ally. Who, rather than rush headlong into battle, devises a more clever approach.

It is through this display of creativity that Yara Flor steals the show from her Kryptonian counterpart. I won’t spoil what the plan is, but it allows the duo to set up a domino situation where once one problem falls, the second is swept away with it.

Despite Yara’s show-stealing presence, as previously mentioned, Jon Kent’s character also sees a marked improvement in Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2. Without his godlike powers, he is far less overbearing as he works to pull off his part of Yara’s plan.

The art here delivers an excellent performance. Del Duca’s lines do a great job capturing some of the more intense moments in this issue. The confrontation with Solaris is a particular high point for the visuals. Each panel of this sequence is perfectly placed, delivering the intensity with every iota it can muster. There is also some excellent visual design work with a unique object in the Fortress of Solitude.

All of the strong art in Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 is further aided by Filardi’s vibrant colorwork. As the fury of suns and energy weapons burn with intensity, Filardi baths the appropriate panels in colored hues that build the moments’ intensity.

Lastly, we see a skillful effort on letters by Napolitano. The story delivers a clear and easy to follow narrative while delivering a bit of extra flair where appropriate.

When all is said and done, Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 accomplishes a strong finish to its story. It built its main characters up beyond what they were in the previous issue, allowing them to deal with the enemies before them in a way that is both satisfying, as well as entertaining.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 is available now wherever comics are sold.

 

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TL;DR

When all is said and done, Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 accomplishes a strong finish to its story. It built its main characters up beyond what they were in the previous issue, allowing them to deal with the enemies before them in a way that is both satisfying, as well as entertaining.