It’s been a LONG time since I’ve read a Superman comic, and this happened to be sitting next to Ms. Marvel when I went to pick it up at the library, so I checked it out. It was . . . interesting. It had the typical JMS positives and negatives. Some parts were great, and some parts were soooo not.
Actually, the last time I read a Superman comic was the wedding issue, what, back in 1997? I think that might have been the last time I read a DC comic as well . . . nope. A friend gave me some Batman comic freshman year of college, but I don’t remember which one. Anyway, my point is, I’m not SUPER (heh) familiar with DC or Superman comics, so take what I say with a grain of salt, maybe? Also, I read this during the 24 hour Read-a-thon right during my prime loopy time with a bunch of other comics, so I don’t actually remember much about it beyond main impressions.
So the story here is that after some huge thing has just gone down where Superman exceeded his limits, or went too far, got too scary and cosmic or whatever, he decides to sort of forego the superpowered life and remind himself why he does what he does. He takes a walk, from Metropolis to who all knows where, all on foot. As you might imagine, this becomes a big deal in the eyes of the public. His walk is speculated on in the press, and he’s followed from place to place. All along the way, he stops to talk with and help the people he meets. Occasionally, these are nice moments, but a lot of the time they end up feeling ham-handed and underdeveloped.
I’ll probably read the second volume just because I’m a completionist, but this book definitely isn’t an incentive for me to pick up the rest of the DC comics that are on my TBR list.