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The Man of Tomorrow, Today
on 28 April 2012
Superman interferes in an internal conflict within a Middle Eastern country leaving corrupt rebels in charge holding a weapon of immense power at their disposal. Before Superman finds out what it does the weapon is activated leading to the vanishing of hundreds of thousands of people around the world... including his wife, Lois Lane.
Brian Azzarello pens a thoughtful and creative story of Superman in this two part story full of the kind of action that makes Superman so good. A fight against a cybernetically-enhanced super-soldier called Equus and elemental giants made of water, fire, earth and air, are the kind of enemies that could match Superman, and it's great to see Superman cut loose and throw a punch. More interesting than that though is Azzarello's dialogue he gives Superman in the conversations he has with the priest.
There's an excellent line Superman says that sticks in my mind as absolutely something he would say: "Invaders from Mars, creatures on the loose, mad scientists and giant robots, bogeymen, hiding under beds and in closets. I've always tried to show you that there's nothing to be afraid of, that fear was in your mind. But then you showed me that the greatest threat to humanity is in your hearts". It's sums up Superman's experiences with humanity over years, the frustration, the disappointment, so beautifully.
Jim Lee's artwork is of course nothing short of perfect as always. He draws the definitive Superman and he does justice to the immortal character in this book on every page. There's nothing more badass than seeing Superman get angry, that figure looking at the reader with glowing red eyes across a shadowed face, it's so awesome.
It's not a perfect book as there's too much jumping around in the story from the past to the present, introducing too many characters without explaining them properly, but it's still an excellent read and there is a second and final volume to go. "For Tomorrow" is an great Superman book that fans will absolutely love.