The latest issue of Superwoman, like the previous one, is a good story. I enjoy the art, and the characters are engaging. We follow Lana Lang’s tentative steps towards regaining the powers she has lost, and the help she gets from John Henry and Natasha Irons. The backgrounds of the Irons family are quite important, and filled out, in this outing.
It’s good. It’s just not great. Already I long for the work done on the book by Phil Jimenez. This just isn’t as much fun, it doesn’t have the same quirky spark.
Having Lana enter a chamber in her Insect Queen outfit that will challenge her both mentally and physically, to see if there is any residual power left, is a fairly standard sort of idea. Before I even started reading the issue I was pretty sure that Lana would get her powers back. What else could one possibly expect? There would be little point in going on with the Superwoman book if we were just going to read about her adventures as an electrical engineer.
So when you have to tell a story that fits into a predetermined overall pattern, you really need to add something special to make it stand out. In this one, K. Perkins chooses to build up the Irons family. That’s not necessarily a bad choice, except that once again it feels like checking off points on a traditional story.
There is never a lack of Superman spin off books. To make one stand out, it has to be doing something different, something we haven’t seen before, or doing it amazingly well.
Superwoman is now a good series. But not one that leaps other comics in a single bound.