Better Red Than Dead
Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 15, 2017
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
We're now at part three of a four part story and besides for Mxyzptlk coming out and saying that he's been the human Clark Kent this whole time, this Superman crossover has kind of come off as a bust to me so far. Yeah, it's cool to finally know what was up with the human Clark Kent and all that, but the explanation felt cheap to me because with Mxy being behind the whole deal that means that anything can pretty much be explained away by magic and everything loses a bit of legitimacy because of it. On top of that, there's a whole lot of continuity errors between these stories that are just down right pissing me off, but hopefully they're all explained away by revealing that there's something else to this story besides the 5th Dimensional imp running amok. Let's jump into this issue and see how Superman combats Mxyzptlk now that he's made it so the world has forgotten about Jon. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with us seeing a recap of Jon being taken away from his parents by the blue ghost fire that turned out to be Mxyzptlk, but unlike what we saw in the previous issue, where Mxyzptlk sat Jon down and played a game with him while waiting for Superman to find him, instead we see Jon floating in a void of nothingness, where two balls of Red Energy eventually find him and start talking to him............ you know, because why not.
While Jon ponders why those two Energy balls sound like his parents, Superman and Lois have to work their way through a game board designed to look like the Daily Planet in order to get to their son, but even though Mxy tells us that inside is a place where physics and logic have no rules............ I still don't know what this game is because we see clips of things that look like pieces from Superman and Lois' past, but eventually Lois and Clark make it to the top, where they were told that Jon was being held inside the globe of the Daily Planet, or in this case, the globe of the Infinite Planet as Mxy likes calling it. Yeah, it doesn't seem like Mxy is too happy about Superman and Lois making their way to the top because to him there was no way for them to win the game. When the whole thing started, Superman started glowing blue like we've seen him do in the past and this represented his energy, but the longer he took to get to the top, the more of the energy would dissipate and when it was all gone, Superman would forget about Jon.
In the end, Jon hearing his parents get to the top, but not being able to remember who he is gets him to say that he's had enough and with the help of the two red energy balls, Jon breaks free of the globe and rushes down to save his parents before they fall to their death, but as the issue closes, it seems that he's done something way more than save them, he's fused the red energy with them, making them look like the New 52 Superman and Lois............. which this issue inferred the whole time, but it's so weird to me to think that the Pre-Flashpoint Superman was somehow split into the Red and Blue, making the New 52 Superman act rashly like the qualities of the red energy, while Pre-Flashpoint Superman takes his time and thinks things through like the blue energy.
That's it for this issue of Superman and boy does DC have some explaining to do to get them out of the corner they've painted themselves into. I mean, we already have Mxyzptlk involved which means we're already going to have a bunch of nonsense thrown at us that doesn't need to be explained because "Mxyzptlk" and now out of nowhere because we didn't have enough on our plates, the red energy of Superman has come to the pocket dimension created by Mxy......... which was previously in a dream being had by Lana Lang in the Superwoman book........... really, things are just happening because and because I personally would like some closure about what's going, I hope that we get more of an explanation about how everything works in this Reborn story because the continuity between each book even seems to be a bit willy nilly. While the art in this issue was great like it always is, I have to say that I actually downright hate the way that Gleason draws Mxy. There's just something about it that I really don't like and while the imp is supposed to come off goofy and playful for the most part, the way he looks here is just scary like a garbage pail kid and I don't want to see him anymore.
Bits and Pieces:
We're getting more reveals thrown our way, but by the end of the issue it really just comes off like everything is just being thrown at us all willy nilly whether it makes sense or not and I don't know how we're going to get a fulfilling ending with just one more issue left to this Reborn story. The art in this issue was really good, but there's something about the way that Gleason draws our antagonist that creeps me the hell out and I hope we don't have to see him anymore.