Superman experiences a breakthrough on his path to recovery with the help of Supergirl, as the Els bond over being survivors living with the guilt of leaving behind doomed planets. Meanwhile, Lois attempts to outsmart Lex Luthor to save herself and Clark!
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Geek DadClark’s focus remains on finding his way back to the world he left behind—and that brings in a few surprising players. Adam Strange, with his control of Zeta Beams, makes a natural ally and his bright and sunny Kirby-esque demeanor is an interesting contrast to Clark’s depression here. It also firmly places Strange Adventures out of continuity, I suppose, which is probably a good thing despite how excellent that book was! But also entering the picture is Black Adam, whose magic abilities are another interesting wrinkle. This also allows Priest to continue to build on the excellent work he did with the character recently. However, the best scenes here are definitely the brilliantly tense Lex Luthor segments, as the master chess player waits for the other shoe to drop and Superman to find out what he’s done, up until a final scene that speaks volumes in its silence.
Lyles Movie FilesThe series is prepping for its final stretch of issues. With the cliffhanger of this issue, it should make for a very memorable next few installments of one of the better out of continuity solo stories in a while.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Priest continues to craft a thoughtful and engaging story in this issue. The story continues to have a darker, more introspective tone for Clark and the story with Lois is interesting as well. I enjoyed how Lex was framed in the issue and how his ambitions are both secretive and compelling. The Art: Both artists deliver beautifully detailed work in the issue. The visuals are fun, exciting and visually compelling.
Superman HomepageThis is not a bad title by any means, but I'm struggling with it all the same. Two more issues to clear this all up. Here's hoping for a slam bang ending.
ComicBook.comThere are striking moments in Superman: Lost #8 portraying memorable characterizations and colorful superhero tropes, but there are also many that land dully on the page and more than a few transitions that fail to make themselves apparent. It's a blender of ideas that balances toward the inventive and entertaining, but the duds are self-evident and create a cliffhanger where suspense is likely to be found humorous. The late inclusion and posturing of Lex Luthor has created a distraction that fails to cohere with much of Superman: Lost and as a result issue #8 winds up being as recommendable as tie-in to Priest's outstanding Black Adam as its own story. There's familiar posturing in the layouts so that even with so much action and enjoyable team ups, the lack of invention is apparent. Walking into the final two issues of Superman: Lost, issue #8 makes it apparent that they'll provide readers plenty to talk about at the comic book store.
Supergirl Comic Box CommentarySo there we are. I suppose each scene with the heroes adds to Superman's 'therapy' as he tries to reconcile his trauma. I like how they each are rather up front with Superman, realizing the world needs him to start being Superman again. Supergirl being the role model for him is a nice switch. And the Lex scene was fun. But basically, we are sort of exactly where we were at the end of last issue. Superman got some therapy. Lois is dying. At least Clark knows it now. Fantastic art, as always.