Title: Superman (2016-) #42
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Publish Date: March 7th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “BOYZARRO RE-DEATH” part one! It’s a bizarre, Boyzarro world—and we just live in it! When Superboy comes face to face with Boyzarro, the Son of Bizzaro, a strange transformation begins to take place. But that’s not all that the Kents have knocking on their door! Superman versus Bizarro round one am not just the beginning!
Superman (2016-) #42 is one of the best Superman comic books that I’ve read in quite some time; partially responsible for my reaction to the book in this way is the fact that Superman (2016-) #42 didn’t really feature Superman all that much, and instead, focused on Bizarro and his son, Boyzarro, who, in this book, made his comic book debut.
Issue #42 is, well, bizarre, but it’s rightfully and wonderfully bizarre and it isn’t just strange for the sake of being strange. While introducing a new character into the world of DC comic books, Superman (2016-) #42 also pays tribute to Superman’s far-from-identical twin. Having to write almost an entire comic book in backward-Bizarro-talk must have been difficult. but one wouldn’t realize this from reading Tomasi’s script. Despite being slightly more difficult to read than the average comic book, the unique reading experience found in Superman (2016-) #42 is one that readers won’t soon forget.
Patrick Gleason’s illustrations in this issue are some his best. When I think of the way that I would like for my ideal comic book to look, comics like Superman (2016-) #42 come to mind. With incredible detail and well-framed scenes that, often, feel cinematic, Gleason not only complements Tomasi’s script, he provides readers with good reason to re-visit the issue for second and third reads.
Now that I’ve had a taste of Boyzarro (uh, that sounded weird, didn’t it…) I want more. So DC, can Tomasi and Gleason play together for a little while longer in the Bizzaro World sandbox? Please?
The Bottom Line:
Superman (2016-) #42 is one of the best Superman comic books that I’ve read in quite some time thanks to its focus having been placed on Bizarro and his son Boyzarro. Enticing illustrations and an incredibly well-written script make this issue one not to miss. Tomasi and Gleason have done a great job with their time in Bizarro World and I am eager to see where they’ll take us next as this story progresses.