Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth
When I expect to read a graphic novel billed as volume one, I expect to start from the beginning of the story; not to be thrust right into the middle of everything, and be told that it collects issues way after number one.
This slim volume brings us the aftermath of Superman gaining a new power the “solar flare” which gives him a huge amount of power, but at the same time makes him vulnerable for a period of time. But the larger story in here is Superman and his friends going up against a technological group called Hordr, similar to wikileaks, which gathers secrets of the powerful and holds them as bargaining chips. They find out Superman’s secret identity and will reveal it to the world unless he does what they want.
Like a lot of the current crop of DC titles the art is not that satisfying. It feels like it has no life, nothing to make you notice that it is unique or that the characters are real; a lot of square chins.
Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr.