Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
One of the things that I love about Rebirth has been the courage to highlight Superman's "American-ness." Clark Kent has had tumultuous legacy over the years from dealing with shadowy government agencies to even a President Lex Luthor. Indeed, placing ethical strains upon Superman because of his allegiance to US has been an often exploited story line over the years... because internal struggle can be a much more compelling story than the outward struggle of someone who is invulnerable. Still, Superman is only America's first superhero because of those who came before him. It's a sense of legacy that Clark wants to instill in his son Jon. What better way to instill it than visiting war memorials to impress on the young man what heroism looks like?
To many, this comic may read like a history lesson. A primer of the wars fought by our soldiers (the ones without bone-spur related deferments) and the ultimate sacrifice they paid so that we might be free. Clark spends time talking about each war in turn, impressing on his son the importance of remembering the fallen and why they fought.
Sure, there is another story going on in this comic. Superman does end up helping the decedents of a Yankee soldier who died at Gettysburg find the remains of their lost relative and returning them so that he might be properly buried; but this only helps to underline the message of respect for the fallen. It's truly a heartfelt tribute using the most iconic figure in comic, maybe even American, culture.
Thank you Peter J. Tomasi.
Rating: 9/10 Bayonet Charges