|Lex with a Doomsday sound effect|
I like Daniel's art a lot - keeping the story to a minimum (I suspect that not knowing Diggle's full plans, he didn't want to second-guess and get things wrong - 'do no harm', and all that) allows room for the big, splashy moments at which he excels. A two page-spread heralding the arrival of Not Doomsday is like a gut punch with eye candy, but my favourite moment sees Superman swoop down and thoroughly biff Luthor. It's very nice work from Daniel, with inkers Batt and Norm Rapmund.
The only thing I don't like about the story is the appearance of Dr Veritas who, with her teleporting holographic red sun devices or whatever, may as well be called Dr Deus Ex Machina. Oh, for a simple Professor Potter, or bungling Emil Hamilton.
This issue's back-up continues the story begun last time, as cadet Lara Lor-Van battles a planetary coup by her military bosses. Seeing Superman's future mother - entrenched in my mind as a weepy young mum - beating up General Zod takes some getting used to. Maybe Superman is actually hard-wired to like the Amazon type ...
Jor-El, meanwhile, is still exploring underwater in this good-looking tale by writer Frank Hannah and artists Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion, with no idea that the military want to kill him and ...
... oh, that's it. Six pages, not the expected ten. There's a two-page Superman family house ad filler, then the useless Channel 52 ad spread and the dull All Access page and that's it - 26pp of story and art instead of the promised 30pp. I hope this is an aberration, rather than the implementation of a new policy - I'm already buying DC's $3.99 books on a begrudging basis, not really caring for the back-ups, so really don't want to be short-changed to boot.