Superman : Kryptonite (2008) HC
Author: Darwyn Cooke
Art: Tim Sale
Art: Tim Sale
Written by Darwyn Cooke Art and cover by Tim Sale
The amazing story from SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #1-5 and 11 by Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) and Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, Heroes) is collected in hardcover. While Superman attempts to survive his first encounter with Kryptonite, will Lois Lane fall prey to a mysterious stranger?
You would think that an awesome pairing of comic book heavy hitters such as Darwyn Cooke (Catwoman, New Frontier) and Time Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween, Hulk: Gray) would knock it out of the park since their threading on familiar water with Superman.
With Cooke having portrayed him in New Frontier and Sale working on him with his writing-partner Jeff Loeb on the excellent Superman For All Season; but no this hardcover falls flat with a thud.
The plot ties in a previously Krypton artifact and a semi-Tony Stark/mobster style semi-villain along with the nefarious Lex Luthor and Lois Lane tagging along on the plot. Superman becomes more of a throwaway side character in this story.
The art is typical Tim Sale with some awesome retro-50s style designs for architecture and costumes. If you’re looking for the all-encompassing “wow” or even a nostalgic storyline in this series, I believe you will be disappointed.
The art is indeed serviceable, but the pedestrian story here looks like it could've been a part of an anthology series instead of headlining as a stand-alone hardcover.
2 out of 5 MONSTERS