Superman Smashes the Klan #2 - Review

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Superman Smashes the Klan #2 - Review

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 21:28
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Creative Team
Writer
Gene Luen Yang
Artist
Guihiru
Letterer
Janice Chiang
Editor
Marie Javins
Publisher
DC Comics
Format
Single Issue
Release Date
2019-12-18

When last we left Superman and Roberta Lee, they were on their way to rescue her brother from certain doom at the hands of the Klan of the Fiery Cross. While that is the hook that starts this book off, the focus lands squarely on the issue of duality and what it means to be torn in different directions. We see Superman struggle with the very notion that he is an alien and, at this moment in his career, his unknown heritage. Roberta Lee is trying to fit in with other kids to make friends, at the cost of being her more authentic self. Chuck, the nephew of Klansman, who is trying to figure out the right actions to take: side with his racist family or his friends.

Gene Luen Yang handles these tense subjects easily. Given his background, as detailed in the back matter of the first book, it helps bring authenticity to this adaptation of the radio play. Aided by Guihiru’s art, they make these struggles of dual identity, cast against the very real backdrop of the dangers of white supremacists, extremely accessible to a wide audience.

 

 

Given the look and feel of the book, it can be easy to dismiss it as children’s fare. It quite simply is not. Superman stories that have a foothold in the human experience are the ones that resonate the most. This book has that quality, regardless of being based on the radio play source material. That is the reason why a story from the 1940s can feel as relevant today as it was then. Superman Smashes the Klan is a solid read from start to finish and ends on a good middle chapter cliffhanger. I definitely look forward to seeing how it wraps up in the final installment.

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