Comic Review: Superman #32

Despite all the different variations we have had of a Superman over the past 76 years, he was always against killing for the greater good... at least until he wasn't. Those alternate Supermen have sure been great villains over the years, but we always knew "our" Superman would never do that. Would he?

That's essentially what the "Breaking Point" story has been about. How far will Superman go to save the one he loves most if it means compromising his beliefs. It's a road we have traveled many times and we always expect it to end the same way: Superman finds a way to save everyone without compromising those beliefs. That's how the story is supposed to go... except when it doesn't.

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I'm not going to belabor the retelling of this comic. Last issue Lois had an interview and story about Slade Wilson (Deathstroke). Deathstroke returns to apparently kill the plucky reporter, but of course Superman intervenes.  Something becomes apparent very quickly. If Deathstroke wanted Lois dead, he wouldn't have given Superman a chance to save her. It seems like he is purposefully testing Superman to see how far he can be pushed. 

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Deathstroke keeps upping the stakes of each encounter to see what Superman's reaction will be. Will he kill to save the woman he loves? Will he sacrifice others to save the woman he loves? In the end, Slade gets his answer and even saves Lois so she can witness the answer herself: Superman will not compromise his beliefs... even for her. But there is a lingering question. Why did Slade do it? Who put him up to it? Well, we get the answer on the last page of the book.

It's nice to have large Amanda Waller back.

It's nice to have large Amanda Waller back.

Did we expect any other end to this story? Not really. I think this story arch was just a way for James Bonny to work in Deathstroke ( a series he worked on from 2015-2016) into a Superman comic. That's not a bad thing... just an observation. The story doesn't really progress any major plot points until the reintroduction of Amanda Waller. The dialogue follows all the norms of Superman's "crisis of conscience" in regards to acting in the interest of "the greater good." We can rest assured that Superman's ethos is unflappable.

I mean... we all knew that, right? It's not like I was expecting something else to happen.

Blase story aside, Tyler Kirkham's art is still stunning. The action sequences, and the majority of this book is action sequences, are brilliantly detailed. From the burning embers in Superman's eyes to the torrent of flames erupting from an inferno. Kirkham's art is top notch.

I have to conclude that this short story arc did keep me entertained, even if it didn't surprise me. I look forward to seeing how Waller fits into future issues and hopefully some larger surprises await.

Rating: 7.5/10 Knives in Granite