One of the most controversial character revamps of DC's New 52
was that of Superman. The Man of Steel was given an update that sought to modernize for the new century. The results were mixed throughout its run.
Still, any time an iconic character meets his end, its cause for interest.
That's the case in Superman: The Final Days of Superman
31-32, Superman/Wonder Woman
28-29 and Action Comics
51-52, The Final Days of Superman
is a moving exit for this controversial character.
The New 52 Superman had been put through the ringer at the hands of Darkseid and Ulysses when his solar flare powers take on a life of their own and insist that they are the "real" Superman. Add in the unexpected return of the original Superman and you've got a lot going on in this book.
There are genuinely touching moments such as the one between Lana Lang and Superman in Smallville. There are necessary goodbyes such as the one between Superman and Wonder Woman. There are even some quality moments between Batman and Superman.
- Superman dies at the end, more or less signalling the end of the New 52
. The return of the original Superman marks the beginning of Rebirth
. This collection is the transitional pivot point between the two creative reboots.
What could have been a maudlin, turgid affair is handled nicely by Peter J. Tomasi. I've not been a fan of this character for the vast majority of his existence, but Tomasi instills the right amount of tragedy and pathos in the dying Superman that I was sad to see him go.
Superman - The Final Days of Superman
is an quality take on an embattled character. Fans should be pleased with his heroic exit. Those in the other camp will find reasons to enjoy the collection as well.