After the reveal of the last issue, where the Eradicator is introduced in the New 52 universe, I was GEEKED - I was one of those kids that was obsessed with the Death of Superman arc WAY back in the 90s. I have issues of all four replacement Supermen, and my favorite was the business-like Eradicator, who may have looked like Supes after absorbing some of his DNA, but sure as **** didn't act like him. Even after the real Superman returned, I was fascinated by this Kryptonian artifact that was now a piece of the DC universe, without purpose or place.
And last issue, we saw the mechanism absorb all the pieces of Superman bits available, like glasses or hairs or whatever else was lying around the Fortress of Solitude, and come out looking like my buddy! So, naturally, I was pretty damn pumped to absorb this issue, and it was well worth the wait.
In this book the Eradicator is trying to convince Clark and family that he poses no threat; in this universe's Krypton the Eradicator was not an ancient weapon built to ruin nations, but was instead erected by General Zod as a series of machines made hold Kryptonian criminal life essences in the Phantom Zone before their trials took place. After it witnessed the destruction of Krypton (first-hand, mind you), it spanned the galaxy looking for Kryptonian DNA to help revive the race.
Unfortunately, that means Jonathan is in for a world of trouble - his DNA is half human, which the Eradicator considers inferior, and he wants to...well....eradicate that half. Krypto (the Kryptonian super-pooch) makes a wonderful appearance in this issue, and actually serves as the jaw-dropping catalyst for this book's climax. I won't spoil it for you, but I did swear very loudly after it took place.
Superman continues to be a superior book, the kind that the character has lacked for years. Peter J Tomasi and Pat Gleason have a great, engaging story going on right now, and the art doesn't suffer one iota in this issue while Jorge Jimenez takes over. His style is so energetic - the action sequences are fluid, and possess an almost anime flavor to them. His facial expressions are so damn evocative, and really sell any panel with a close up. My favorite aspect of his is -- surprise! -- just how alien he makes the Eradicator look here: he slouches slightly, still looking a bit like Clark, with elongated limbs and those damn creepy glasses.
Alejandro Sanchez absolutely knocks the colors out of the park, which was a tough task considering all the intense, cosmic-related events taking place, let alone rendering the Eradicator's insane powers in a beautiful fashion. Rob Leigh KILLS it on lettering, as it becomes so organic that his sound effects become integral to observing any action element. Also? Adore the variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort.
Superman continues to tell a gripping story while focusing on the family of our once and future Superman - it's combining elements that are new to the Kents (and the reader), while still addressing a past that Clark shares with long-time readers. I can't get enough of this book, even though this ending took its toll on my heartbox...