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Pretty subtle and sparse
on 28 December 2006
This is unlike usual Superman comics because it lacks intense plotting, heavyset morality, and striking iconography. Instead, it's a pretty gentle read for people who already like Superman and just want to bask in a subtle homage.
There's very little plot, and even the dialogue is very simple. The whole story is told in a reflective, almost wistful, tone. It's pretty much a portrait of Clark Kent, without spelling everything out for you. The dialogue isn't the sort of thing that will immediately grab you, but it creates a nice sense of character.
The real center of this comic is the art though. Tim Sale tries to capture a distinct mood with his drawing. The panels are big and open, there are loads of panoramic views of landscapes, large, empty fields and rooms, scenes are often drawn from a distance, and even Clark Kent is drawn as quite introverted and passive. Hansen's colours are also really beautiful, he gives the book warmth and a natural sort of look.
Although this is a great comic, I would recommend reading a bit in a bookshop before getting it. It's pretty different, and there's not much to it. But if you like it's gentle, atmospheric style then it's a good comic to have in your collection