This is a comic that the Siegel and Shuster families, the descendants of the creators of Superman, would be proud of. Chip Zdarsky does a wonderful job crafting a story about family drama, copyright law and a timely critique of superhero films, corporations, characters and their creators. Zdarsky’s writing was what initially drew me to this issue as I, like many, are in love with his work. However, the critique of the comic book industry’s treatment of its talent is what hooked me.
The writing is whitty, clever and engaging. The art is simple and clean while expressive enough to capture your imagination. For example, Zdarsky took what could have been a simple panel showing a character walking down a basement staircase and turned it into a unique panel formation using negative space. Books like this are a reminder of why independent publishers, like Image, are so important. A work like this would be a hard sell for a publisher like DC or Marvel but at Image Comics, Zdarsky is free to create as he sees fit.