Superman: Up in the Sky #2 // Review
Eisner award winner Tom King and legendary artist Andy Kubert return as DC releases this material to comic shops for the first time. After previously being exclusive to Walmart stores across the United States, these stories will finally reach the rest of the globe. While focusing more on the artistry of Kubert this time around, Kong's overarching narrative is not far behind as Superman struggles to save one child from the hands of a madman.
Clark finds a lead to his investigation and heads off into space. Now, The Man of Steel must go up against "Mighto." In a one on one boxing match of the century. Round after round, the two powerhouses continue to pummel one another before Mighto underestimates Superman and Loses the match. The second story lies in the hands of King with a more existential nature to the story as Clark must watch a family lose their patriarchal figure.
Andy Kubert continues to do right by his family name with nothing short of spectacular artwork. Able to paint a picture with one single image, the intense fighting between the two brutes is by far where Kubert shines most. The quiet second half lacks in the excitement but brings the heart of what makes Superman genuinely super. Doomsday Clock colorist Brad Anderson takes time from his busy schedule to layer this series. He uses beautifully saturated hues to evoke a more classic look to the story.
Tom King brings his A-game to the title while still managing to delve deeper into a more realistic landscape as readers are taken through the mind's eye of Superman. Albeit not overly depressed and on the nose yet still managing to skirt right along the edge with the more serious overtones at stake. While not the first choice for a Superman title, King proves to be an excellent suit for the dynamic signature pencil work of Andy Kubert.
With the previously controversial Lois Lane issue right around the corner, fans around the globe will finally have the chance to make up their own minds on the matter. Tom King and Andy Kubert continue to compliment each other well enough and leave interest between issues for fans looking forward to more adventures with the Last Son of Krypton. With the Walmart specials still releasing each month, these exclusive stories will continue to reach readers for months to come.