Daily Archives: October 2, 2009

An Origin Without Originality

Variant coverSuperman: Secret Origin #1
“Secret Origin, Book One: The Boy of Steel”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils/Cover artist: Gary Frank
Inks: Jon Sibal
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Steve Wands
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

It seems like every time I happen upon a DC Universe comic book I feel like saying something about in a review, Geoff Johns’s name is on the cover. He’s certainly had a good few months lately. His Blackest Night event has enabled DC to take on its closest competitor in a way we haven’t seen in, well, a few years really. He left the regular writing duties on Justice Society of America behind, which was a smart move, given that it’s stagnated in the past couple of years (and continues to stagnate, unfortunately). Johns’s scripts on Adventure Comics have proven to be a delightful surprise, as he embraces a much more traditional tone, a departure from the dark, “mature” tone for which he’s known. Now while I’m not interested in the current state of the various ongoing titles in DC’s Superman family, I didn’t hesitate to pick up the first issue of this limited series; with the names “Johns” and “Frank” on the cover, why would I? Unfortunately, while the writing here is competent and entertaining, Secret Origin doesn’t represent the same kind of creative success that Johns has enjoyed as of late.

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