I liked this comic far more than I expected.
I didnāt read a single issue of the "Tangent" event from a decade ago, and I didnāt read the "Ion" issues that brought those characters back. I did read the "Justice League of America" Issue that led into this series, but that certainly didnāt give me any confidence that this was going to be anything special.
And Iāve never been a fan of Dan Jurgens. Well, thatās not exactly true. I was a big fan of his work on "Booster Gold" when I was a selfish, petulant teenager and I liked reading about a selfish, petulant superhero who wore white suit jackets with pastel shirts. But I associate his "Superman" run with the worst excesses of ā90s comics, and I havenāt recovered from that bias.
But "Tangent: Supermanās Reign" #1 might help to snap me out of it, and if the rest of the series is as good as this first issue, I think Iāll be once again riding the train to Dan Jurgens-is-pretty-awesomeville.
It helps that heās got Matthew Clark penciling this comic. Clarkās the only reason I bothered to read the issue in the first place, honestly. I loved the expressive linework he brought to Sean McKeeverās "Inhumans" series a few years back, and his issues of "The Outsiders" were the only ones worth reading. Heās capable of raising the level of the most mediocre story, and one flip through this comic will tell you why. He can do superhero bombast with dynamic intensity and then switch to moody, ominous sadness within the space of a page flip. Itās rare to see an artist so able to go so big and so subtle and keep a consistent look, but he does it well.
In "Tangent: Supermanās Reign" #1, we see the twisted, dying vestiges of an alternate reality where heroes like the Atom, Green Lantern, Batman, and Flash exist, but not in any familiar form. These arenāt parallel versions of the familiar DC characters, they are completely reimagined creations, similar in name only. Maybe Iām a sucker for superhero deconstruction, but seeing these alternate reality heroes in disarrayļæ½"broken or deadļæ½"makes me want to keep reading. Jurgens doesnāt seem to be writing any sort of commentary on the superhero genre, but the story of these sad, fallen heroes intrigues me.
Iām curious to find out more about this Tangent universe, and I never thought Iād say that.