Superman: Mon-El Vol. 1

March 25, 2010 | Trades

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Superman: Mon-El Vol. 1
James Robinson, Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes
DC Comics
$29.99/$24.99 US (Hardcover)
*** 1/2 (out of five)

Mon-El has had years to prepare for his death, but that doesn’t make the reality of it any easier to take.

After spending countless years in the negative zone after contracting lead poisoning, a fatal condition for he and his fellow Daxamites, this future Legionnaire finds himself thrust back to reality after his haven/prison begins to implode. Fortunately, fellow hero Superman is there with a mysterious elixir (sent from the future by Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes) and suddenly Mon-El is a free man with his life ahead of him.

For a little while anyway.

Mon-El’s newfound freedom is short-lived as the Man of Steel has a very special job for him: His.

Tying into the sprawling New Krypton story arc running through all the “Super-books” of late, this volume focuses in on how this once-isolated hero deals with his freedom, and the responsibility of protecting the planet while Superman is taking care of business on his reborn world.

Things get even more interesting when writer James Robinson, ably aided by artists Renato Guedes and Jose Wilson Magalhaes, throws in the curveball of Mon-El learning he, once again, is dying.

This fascinating exploration of how a hero deals with the notion of impending death (even though faithful DC Comics readers know he can’t really snuff it, as he’s destined to be a big part of the Legion in 1,000 years or so) makes this volume a well-worthy read.

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