Superman #42: BOYzarro RE-DEATH Part 1
Writers: Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi
Art: Patrick Gleason
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
Cover: Patrick Gleason and John Kalisz
What You Need to Know:
The Kent Family used to live in Hamilton County where Jon made good friends with their neighbor Kathy Branden. Several months ago, the family moved to Metropolis, to Jon’s dismay.
What’s Happening Now:
The new story opens up on Bizarro World, also known as Htrae. Bizarro stands in a graveyard and laments the pressures of being Bizarro, of feeling disconnected from his world and underappreciated. He decides it’s time to start looking out for himself a little bit.
Meanwhile, at Bizarranch, we are introduced to Boyzarro, the son of Bizarro and Loiz. Boyzarro is not a fan of his dad and is fed up with his parents constantly fighting. He takes his pet cat, Silver, and decides to leave his family behind. On the road, Boyzarro’s pet is picked up by a Bizarro Hawkgirl, and in his rage Boyzarro accidentally freezes both Bizarro Hawkgirl and the cat with his cold vision. Boyzarro hears a noise and turns to see Superboy and Kathy Branden!
Jon and Kathy are using the tech from Kathy’s family to look into other dimensions. They see Boyzarro, but he’s not supposed to see or hear them. Boyzarro touches the membrane between the two dimensions and the explosive feedback severs the connection. Jon and Kathy catch up a little bit and talk about what it’s like for Jon to live in the city before Jon realizes he’s late getting home.
Back at Metropolis, Lois and Clark tease their son about his obvious crush on Kathy over dinner, and send him to bed. Jon struggles to sleep, hearing all the noise of the city, but just as he is about to fall asleep, he is woken up by Boyzarro crashing through his window!
Bizarro is a fun character, but when he has to be taken seriously, the lack of rules for his dialogue create a problem. The first few pages of this issue are just Bizarro’s internal monologue and they take an incredibly long time to decipher. Some sentences are just the opposite of what Bizarro means, some only have one “not” to make it backwards, and others have some words that are true and some that are false right next to each other, so it’s impossible to understand the whole phrase.
But once you get past the first third or so of the book, things start to get a lot better. Boyzarro is simpler and easier to understand than his father, and the scene of him with Bizarro, Hawkgirl, and the cat is a darkly funny callback to a similar scene with Jon from early in Gleason and Tomasi’s run. After that, having Kathy back with Jon and spending some family time with the Kents is a nice reprieve before the end really jump-starts the plot of the coming arc. Gleason’s return to the art is a welcomed change, especially when he draws the kids.