Another week, another DC Digital First. This Monday, we’re treated to Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10. I’ve been enjoying the Man of Tomorrow line, not as much now that Venditti hasn’t been handling writing duties, but it’s still remained enjoyable. In fact, the whole Digital First initiative is a breath of fresh air for me to just jump into a random issue of Superman and not worry about needing to know anything.
First Feature: Pro-Lobo
As some of these issues have gone, we get two stories for the price of… not even one. The first story is scripted by Dave Wielgosz, pencils by Riley Rossmo, colors by Ivan Plascencia, and lettered by Tom Napolitano.
Pro-Lobo is a really fun little piece. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read from Dave Wielgosz so far, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s pretty straightforward: Superman hears a commotion, investigates, sees Lobo beating up on a poor little alien, and steps in. Of course, things aren’t always what they appear to be. I won’t spoil too much about the nature of the story, but the story behind The Creep really draws Superman and Lobo together in a way that I don’t think about often. They are both the last survivors of their worlds and this comic highlights that.
I’m a HUGE Rossmo fan. I fell in love with his work on Bedlam back in the day (I’ll take any chance I can to plug that series; bring it back, NICK!). I can see if people aren’t as big of fans of his zany lines and disproportionate shapes, but I love the emotion and the movement. Rossmo has such an animated style that flows and you can feel the momentum panel-to-panel. Plascencia’s colors really make things pop too, Rossmo’s pencils look amazing in a number of styles, but the bright, cartoon-look is classic.
Second Feature: The Champion
Next, Superman goes toe-to-toe with Mongul in a story called: “Champion”. This one is written by Michael Moreci, penciled by Thony Silas, colored by Wil Quintana, and lettered by Clayton Cowles.
The story is absolutely nothing special: it’s a fight issue. The most it does is represent what Superman is about. And that’s cool. Superman is about defending, not conquering. Love it. The focus is on the art and the action. Expect a lot of wide shots, to really enhance the cinematic scope of the story. And when it’s not wide, expect tall, full-body panels to really impress how mighty these titans are. My favorite panel was Superman flying at Mongul, yelling something like “You’ll never get away with it”, and his cape is an infinite blur behind him. A true showing of speed and force.
The lines can be angular, and look a little ‘late 90’s animation’ boxy, but I enjoyed the momentum, action, and the colors. Along with the ink, Wil Quintana brings a saturated weight to the images that make you feel the punches, and how bright Superman shines in War World.
And that’s it for Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10. I think the initial story is my favorite between the two. I’m enamored with Riley Rossmo’s art and Mike Wielgosz has won me over recently. The second story is good, but it’s just pure ACTION. If that’s what you’re looking for, look no further. But, I think Pro-Lobo has a bit more under the hood.