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Review of Superman #713

Well, the “Grounded” Superman series continues with last week’s release of #713. This edition definitely left one with the sense that this story could end up going any number of ways in next month’s final issue of the series. Will Superman give up being Superman, or will he continue!?

The cover of Superman #713

This edition opens with a scene in which Supergirl and Superboy show up, invited by Superman, to have a chat with him wherein he tells them that he’s hanging up his red, yellow, and blue suit in favor of living solely as Clark Kent. And after reading the whole series to this point, I’ve got to say, I’m really left with the feeling that he’s really going to give it up now, for good. It hasn’t been an easy journey for him at all, but it has truly, truly been a thoughtful one. I think he’s really going to give it up.

The opening scene was especially definite. He told Superboy and Supergirl that he was giving it up, he stripped off his super suit and folded it up, and he encouraged them to do the same. I don’t know about you, but when you’re on a job and you throw in the towel and then try to get others to jump ship with you, that’s pretty hardcore. The writing itself is certainly brilliantly done.

Interestingly, and quite funny too, when he puts on his Clark Kent glasses, the frame of his glasses had a strange similarity to those of Kim Jong-il in the movie Team America World Police.

Superman telling Superboy and Supergirl that he is giving up being Superman, from Superman #713, p.4

From Superman #713, p.4.

I really don’t think the writers or illustrators intended this coincidence, nor do I think that even amidst their journey for Superman that they are trying to make him out as drifting to the super far left in the least, but the visual coincidence is pretty funny.

After his shocking conversation with Supergirl and Superboy, Clark Kent wanders into Portland and into a coffee shop, “Sundollar Coffee.” In the scene in the coffee shop, someone working there comes over to fill up his mug, they don’t say with what, but we can only assume it was coffee. Hmmm, Superman drinking coffee? If you’ve got super senses and reflexes, I wonder how coffee affects them. lol. In this scene, he’s sitting and working on his laptop on an article titled, “Must There Be a Superman? by Clark Kent.”

While at the coffee shop, someone happens to walk in who is a gigantic superman fan, Clark Kent has a conversation with them, and they end up going for a walk together in which he tries to show Clark how valuable Superman is by asking various people on the street what their opinion of Superman is.

As they spoke with various people on the street, one kid talked about how Superman could do anything, including stopping some giant robots from destroying a city, a woman talked about how Superman stood for truth by exposing a space alien living secretly as a human who was speaking out against space aliens, a man talked about how Superman sought never to kill anyone, but more so to bring them to the authorities for judgment, and lastly a family talked about how Superman rescued their kitty cat from out of a tree and how helping others in need was “the American way.”

And then, even after all of that convincing, Clark still expressed about Superman, “If he was still helping people, but in secret, he could do just as much good, I think.” Leading me to consider that after everything in this series up to this point, building to now, and then considering all the thinking and reasoning to this moment in this issue still leaving him at that point of giving up — I’m gonna take a huge guess that in #714, Superman really does hang up the suit for good.

And when that happens, the DC Universe may be even more be ready for a dramatic reboot and revision.

Pick yours up today:

Superman #713, “Grounded, Part Eleven”
Written by J. Michael Straczynski & Chris Roberson
Art by Diogenes Neves & Oclair Albert (pgs. 1, 4-10), Eddy Barrows & J.P. Mayer (pgs. 2-3), Jamal Igle & Jon Sibal (pgs. 11-20)
Colored by Marcelo Maiolo
Lettering by John J. Hill
Cover by John Cassaday & David Baron

To pick up a copy for yourself at your local comics shop and support local business in your area, find a local comics shop at: www.comicshoplocator.com

Or order #713 through www.amazon.com or another online retailer.

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