Superman: The Last Son by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner

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Title: Superman: The Last Son.
Writer(s): Goeff Johns & Richard Donner.
Artist(s): Adam Kubert, Eric Powell, Arthur Adams, Eric Wight, Joe Kubert, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Rags Morales, Mark Farmer, Tony S. Daniel, Gary Frank, Jonathan Sibal & Stéphane Roux.
Colourist(s): Dave Stewart, Edgar Delgado, Alex Sinclair, Lee Loughridge, Joe Kubert, Pete Carlsson, Jeromy Cox, Brad Anderson & Karine Boccanfuso.
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh, Nick J. Napolitano, Travis Lanham, Phil Balsman & Joe Kubert.
PublisherDC Comics.

Format
: Hardcover – Deluxe edition.
Release Date: March 9th 2021.
Pages: 288.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781779509116.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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14 comments

  • The only Bizarro storyline I enjoyed was an Elseworld’s one where Bizarro was the only Superman and ended up giving his life for either Lois or the world. It was wicked sad. But I don’t care for him as a character overall 😦

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    • Wow, that does sound very sad. In this story, Bizarro has his own version of Lois on Bizarro World. It’s “twisted” but the story wasn’t meant to be too emotional. It was mostly to get us to understand how Bizarro talks and understands the world (the whole inverted thing).

      I can’t say I’m a huge fan of his character either. I mean, if we ever get a live-action version of Bizarro, I’ll be truly excited and curious as to how they pull it off but the odds of that happening for now are quite slim.

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  • This surfaced a couple thoughts. The first was about these collections that gather together different runs of a bigger series into what appears to be one storyline, and how well you think they flow as a single story. This contains issues 844 to 846 but is missing 847 to 850, then it includes 851, etc. Do you think this way of collecting leaves us with something less, or do you think it works to strengthen the storyline? I see you did mention stories at the end being forgettable and bonuses, but I’m not sure which issues made up those stories.

    The other thought I had was with these stories focusing more on the action than the emotion, and whether one or the other might resonate more with the larger target audience, whoever they happen to be. When younger I can see myself more drawn to action stories than emotional stories. And yet thinking back to my favorite comic book stories of my youth the ones that come to mind immediately are the more emotional stories. They stick with me longer, regardless of how much I might have enjoyed the more action-based stories. I’m not sure where I’m going with this line of thought, but I’ll let you know if I ever get there. 🙂

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    • Great thoughts, Todd. I’ve always found it a bit chaotic, especially when it comes to older comic book runs. For this volume, they really went ahead to STRICTLY collect the issues where Geoff Johns and Richard Donner wrote stories together. So, if we take a look at #847, which was excluded, it was written by Dwayne McDuffie but, surprisingly, it was a companion story to The Last Son and actually gave us a bit more content that was related to this story… Unfortunately, we don’t get to read that one here. And then #848 and 848 is a two-part story written by Fabian Nicieza. It has nothing to do with The Last Son, this time. And then #850 is a celebratory issue (because it’s the 850th issue of the Action Comics run), so they made a whole other story for that special issue. Usually, when they collect stories, they try to make it flow properly without missing too many parts. In this case, it would’ve indeed been interesting to have #847, but the decision was really to stick to stories written by the duo (I guess there might be other factors related to sales, and who to credit on the cover and all too). The bonus issues I was speaking off comes from Action Comics Annual #10-11. I don’t know if you’ve ever run into an “Annual” issue within a DC comic book series before but they usually contain multiple writers and artists, multiple stories, and no particular overarching story. This volume collects those for whatever reason and they really don’t add much to either the 1st story with the new Kryptonian kid or the 2nd story with Bizarro. I’m always glad to be able to read these older stories but they usually always suffer in structure because of how things were marketed back in the day. After all, issues didn’t always release at a specific frequency (it could take weeks before the next issue came out, for example).

      Hahahah I like your thoughts there. I think I make it a point in this review to specify that absence of its more emotional touch, which would’ve been fantastic if it explored it more, and its sudden shift towards more action. It’s a tough balance to get and I definitely understand why the more emotional stories are more powerful and memorable for me. Action is fun, in doses, and probably waaaaay better in a movie/tv series though.

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  • Sounds interesting. I love Superman because for me the storyline has always implied Christianity, heaven and earth with science as a lesser factor. Have a great weekend!💞

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  • I’ve heard that this is really good, and the fact that Richard Donner is involved only makes this graphic novel more intriguing. Donner has clearly shown over the years that he cares about the Superman character, and Geoff Johns isn’t a bad writer himself.

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    • It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re curious to see what Donner and Johns achieve together. You can tell that they kept ideas from Donner’s movie to help with their story too. Fun collaboration.

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  • Spot on review Lashaan, I tend to agree with pretty much all you say – this is a decent enough one-off read that doesn’t quite live up to what it promises. It also gets marks off because Eric Powell’s art didn’t really ‘jive’ with me.

    It’s interesting to know that one of Geoff Johns’ early jobs was working for Richard Donner!

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    • Thanks man, I’m glad to hear that we’re on the same page for this one. I was quite surprised that Johns and Donner had worked on a couple of issues together in the past too. You can tell that some of Donner’s ideas from the movies are actually kept in the story too. I wonder if such collaborations will ever occur again in the future. Probably way more expensive nowadays to get a director to work with writers on a comic book today hahah

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