Title: Superman Special #1 (2018)
Writers: Ian Flynn, Mark Russell, Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Scott Godlewski, Kaare Andrews, Bryan Hitch
Publication Date: May 16, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: ““THE PROMISE”! Superman’s world is about to change in a big way, but before it does, the Man of Steel has some unfinished business to attend to…on Dinosaur Island! Superman and a forgotten soldier of the past take one last trip together into the abyss of tomorrow, as Captain Storm now stands face-to-face with the world of today! This extra-sized special also features stories by writers Mark Russell and Ian Flynn with art by Kaare Andrews and Bryan Hitch!”
Superman Special #1 returns fans to Superman #8 and 9 (2016), as Superman must once again escape the dreaded Dinosaur Island, this time with Captain Storm. The story follows Superman as he returns to Dinosaur Island to return Captain Storm to civilization. Once back in Metropolis, Captain Storm must become acquainted with the future, learning that old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the America is in the midst of another war.
The issue also contains two other stories, “Strays and Strangers” and “Split Decisions,” both stand alone tales. The first features Superman remembering a lesson his father taught him. The second shows Atomic Skull and Superman working together. Both storylines showcase the rippling effects of Superman’s actions.
Flynn, Russell, Gleason, and Tomasi together create three excellent stories, each with its own flare. The dialogue is classic Superman, but with a bit of a modern twist. Complementing the written stories, Godlewski, Andrews, and Tomasi produce colorful and detailed images. Dinosaur Island is visually appealing, with a gritty feel that is juxtaposed by Metropolis’s clean lines and bright colors.
A theme for Superman Special #1 could be unfinished business, as all three stories contained in the issue deal with the past and ways to move forward.
The Bottom Line:
One word: dinosaurs. As a fan of Land before Time and Jurassic Park, I can not help but to have a soft spot for any story that features prehistoric creatures. The writers do a great job visually crafting the animals, while adding a new twist to the classic dinosaur story. As for the two other stories in the issue, both work well with themes in “Escape from Dinosaur Island” as they incorporate the past into the stories. All in all, a classic tale with a just a slight twist.