Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (3 stars)

Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

ALAN MOORE & VARIOUS
(DC/Titan)

In 1985 the Superman titles were reset at issue one, meaning there would a final issue of Superman and Action Comics in the old numbering system (this kind of intricate continuity is a recurring facet of the complexities of comic books). To mark the occasion, Alan Moore was brought in to write a two-issue Superman story; a fictional finale in an already fictional world. It’s a purposefully old-fashioned tale summing up the many ages and eras of the Man of Steel, playing with the absurdities and contradictory back-story from this continuous 38-year (at the time) narrative. It’s funny, quaint and clever all at once as you’d expect from the man who gave us Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Also included in this package is Moore’s Superman and Swamp Thing special and his Superman Annual, also from 1985.

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