Superman Special #1
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mark Russell, Ian Flynn.
Art by: Scott Godlewski, Bryan Hitch, Kaare Andrews
Cover by: Jorge Jimenez
“Back, back, back it up” (the story so far)
The villainous Manchester Black transports Superman and Jon to a mysteriously prehistoric strange land known only as “Dinosaur Island.” They learn they are not the only inhabitants on the island when they run into Captain Storm, the last known survivor of the Golden Age World War II military platoon known as The Losers. Capt. Storm helps Supes and Jon make their escape back home to Metropolis after wresting Black’s transportation device from an ivory cyborg gorilla who controls all the monsters on the island. As they activate the transportation device, Storm stays behind and single-handedly holds off hordes of raging dinosaurs to ensure their safe return. Just before their great escape, the Man of Steel promises to one day return to rescue Capt. Storm.
Haunted by visions of his time on Dinosaur Island where they left Capt. Storm behind, Jon has trouble sleeping. He convinces Clark to reverse-engineer the transportation device to go back and rescue Capt. Storm. They arrive just in time to save Storm from the hungry hordes of dinosaurs and a “who’s who” pantheon of classic Saturday night movie monsters—giant flying insects, humongous gorillas, ancient serpents—with a zombie twist. But the Captain also seems to be hiding a little secret of his own. Whatever he is hiding at the foot of his base is sure to send chills down readers spines. Will Clark and Jon make it back to Metropolis with the same soldier they once knew? Or will he return home, a changed man?
The plot of the Panels
Scott Godlewski has a lot to offer readers in this issue. His colorful background images, fluid action sequences, along with an awesome splash page of Capt. Storm, Superman, and Superboy staving off a swarm of giant flying zombie-insect creatures make the Dinosaur Island scenes stand out. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason offer both new readers and classic fans an easily accessible story about the significance of keeping promises. Instead of preaching from the Gospel of El, Tomasi and Gleason bring readers along on Jon’s hero journey where they discover what it means to be a hero through the eyes of a child. Jon’s desire to fulfill his promise to rescue Capt. Storm leads him to discover his “super-why”—purpose for becoming a hero. It’s about more than simply following orders. Jon discovers that it’s about his ability to recognize and respond to the needs of others, to fill in the gaps for those who cannot protect themselves, and to heal the wounds of those who have sacrificed important portions of themselves in the fight for what’s right.