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Superman: Space Age #2 (of 3)

80
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Superman has arrived and he’s out of sight!

Right?

The world may love him, but the citizens of Metropolis are growing skeptical as the cities around them suffer without the help of the Man of Steel.

The world doesn’t need saving as much as it needs changing, and Superman and his super friends in the Justice League seem unqualified to save the day the way they once did.

Could this be the beginning of the end that Pariah prophesied?

Or is it just a sign of the times?

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
85 pages
Language
English
Price
$9.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BC9VM9PD

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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Superman: Space Age #2 is another triumph of an issue, blending Silver Age nostalgia and super-hero action with modern themes of drama, heartbreak and isolation. It’s a beautiful story that ends on a high note leading into next issue. Highly recommended.
  • 100

    Geek Dad

    I said that the first issue of this ’60s-set alternative universe by Russell and Allred was the best comic DC put out this year, but we’d have to wait and see until the full series was done to see if it was truly a classic in the making. Two issues in, I’m fairly confident this is a series we’re going to be talking about decades from now. Jumping forward into the 1970s and bringing us closer to the annihilation previewed in the first book, this issue sees Superman’s mission on Earth become a little cloudier. While he’s still loved by humanity, he often wonders if he’s truly making a difference or just patching small problems. That’s something Lois Lane brings up as well in a hard-hitting interview, as well as whether he can truly be trusted. Bruce Wayne, who only had a small role in the first issue, essentially becomes co-lead here. He’s Batman now, having resigned as head of Wayne Enterprises’ weapons manufacturers, but his company has been taken over by the corrupt Max Lord. Not only is Lord back in the weapons game, but he’s working to take over Gotham and steer people to the suburbs via a campaign of redevelopment-by-terrorism. This forces Batman into the very unusual position of targeting his own infrastructure as Batman, including a bizarre series of events involving a party at Wayne Manor, Alfred, and a fancy gold suit. Sometimes the tone if this series feels quirky an jokey, but there is also a very serious undercurrent in this issue, including a major subplot involving Lois Lane and the Watergate break-in. But a much bigger threat is brewing. We got hints last issue that this takes place around Crisis on Infinite Earths and that this was one world in the Multiverse. That gets confirmed here, with the appearance of Brainiac not as a destroyer, but as a savior of sorts who wants to harvest what is worth saving on Earth before it’s too late. It’s a unique, creepy take on the iconic villain that gives him some fascinating shades of grey. Along the way, there is an incredibly well-done love story between Clark and Lois unfolding, and some great moments for supporting characters like the Kents. But it wouldn’t be half as good as it is without the best Superman we’ve seen in years, equal parts vulnerable and iconic. This book is a pure masterpiece so far.
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

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  • 100

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    AIPT

    I don’t have nearly enough time to gush about all the sheer greatness of this book. I will, though, say all of it ties together perfectly, and the whole 80-plus page tale breaks every idea and character and interaction down into their most essential. And in those dissections we see not only why these characters matter, but the spark of love and joy we all find in having read them for decades. It’s not so much a meta experience, but this whole story so far is both a powerful narrative of societal change and how that impacts the people in it as well as a series of moments for reflecting on the subtext of the superhero genre. In that sense, it’s both a living story and a place to sit and ponder. Before I run out of space, though, I need to mention the art. The whole creative team — Allred, colorist Laura Allred, and letterer Dave Sharpe — once more killed it in creating 1) classic but updated designs; 2) a fully fleshed out world; and 3) deeply expressive characters. It’s gorgeous and uplifting art that adds another layer to the experience. It’s a moving and hugely effective translation of the endless humanity, deep moral nuance, and robust emotions that comprise the narrative itself. It’s all proof of the magic that emanates from this book, which makes not only a strong case for our love of Superman but how we can all be heroes in our own right.
  • 87

    Major Spoilers

    Even with multiversal confusion and a literal Legion of Brainiacs, Superman: Space Age #2 manages to enthrall and entertain, holding the story together as it covers most of a decade, losing a little bit of narrative focus but maintaining the killer visuals and ending strong. It’s still a good Superman story, and I still hold out (you should excuse the expression) hope that it can end in a way that feels true to the character, but the encroaching darkness pulled the story away from some of what I loved about issue #1.
  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Superman: Space Age shifts into the 1970s as external threats escalate and Superman (along with some key allies) face personal crises. Planetary extinction is manifested in the form of Brainiac across issue #2, but even the total destruction of Earth for raw material serves as prologue to the Anti-Monitor. These interstellar concerns and battles are tremendous fun to watch as depicted by the Allreds, but function best as metaphors for manmade extinction events in the narrative. Rather, it's the smaller plot points, like Batman battling white flight and Lois Lane exposing Watergate, that serve to highlight what makes humanity noble, at its best. Superman strives for his iconic Silver Age approach and delivers it with a charm that still resonates in the 21st century. His musings on love, family, and hope are all steeped in sentiment, but tinged with enough realism to seem more meaningful than any Hallmark cliche. Superman: Space Age is still contemplating what is best in people, even as it moves through the slow shifts of its second act and prepares for the inevitable apocalypse promised at the start.
  • 50

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Superman: Space Age #2 is a very expensive, very long, and painfully tedious comic that doesn't appear to have a point other than to provide an alternate look at the 1970s if the Justice League were real. Filled with incredibly awkward action art, never-ending cynicism, and meaningless meandering that takes up 75% of the pages, this comic is a pointless waste.

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