Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have a reoccurring knack of tapping into the vein of nostalgic Superman, and pumping that sucker dry. Not only do the pair succeed in making this series feel like the Superman you grew up with, but also allow you a brighter look on the character, if that’s even possible.
In Superman #7, since Superman has already established his place as Earth’s new Superman, it’s time for the “Smith” family to become a part of their community in Hamilton County. Promising Lois to hang up his cape for the night, Clark takes Lois and Jon to the Hamilton County fall fair.
Tomasi and Gleason couldn’t have chosen a better setting to try to get the Super family to blend with the townsfolk. The pair recreates the feeling of the small town fair well, pulling out no stops along what you would assume to be a typical visit to the fall fair. Between running into Jon’s science teacher, to the rigged carnival games and cattle contests, you get the feeling of simple, small town joy and family bonding.
Growing up in a smaller community, this issue granted periodic moments of nostalgia for me. Devouring copious amounts of carnival food, running into family friends and friends from school, talking to teachers awkwardly out of school and of course, cattle contests. I can almost taste the Kettle Corn and smell the manure now.
Of course, what would a Superman story be without just a little crime though, right? During the family outing, Supes almost misses the last ride of the night to stop a robbery of he ticket booth, donning a cape from the “Medevil Fair”, much to Lois’ discontent.
Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez emphasize the humbleness of the scenes with warm lighting and plenty of people bustling around the crowd. The rustic colours Sanchez utilizes reflect well off of the radiant neon lights of ticket booths and rides.
I’ve truly enjoyed the artwork of this series so far, and out of the recurring artists Jimenez has been one of the most pleasant. His pencils are simple yet elegant, depicting characters expressions better than most, especially the younger ones, Jon and Kathy.
However, easily the best moment in tis issue, is watching the Super family ascend the roller coaster, as Clark joins Jon in reciting the classic, “Up, up and away!”, to fireworks in the background. Just look at that final page!
This was an enjoyable issue in the pleasing new Superman run, letting us see more Clark than Superman and the family man that he wants to be. Tomasi and Gleason have kept the ball rolling thus far, albeit with a lot of punching, but manage to take away the action for an issue in a pleasing, heart warming way.
I give Superman #7 an 8/10.