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‘Superman Smashes the Klan #2’ (review)

Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Gurihuri
Published by DC Comics


This is a highly fun and amusing book that is very entertaining. Gene Luen Yang Is one of the top creators in comics and this is very well done. The art by Gurihuri is a real treat as well and it makes for a nice complete package. I love that this takes place in 1946, and that the  art is very retro and cool.

At the beginning of the book, the teenager known as Tommy Lee is missing!

Superman is on the case. He got himself into a bit of trouble last issue. Now, he has to find a way to escape. This Superman has not yet learned to fly. He has two young kids in his hands. What does he do?

He just jumps. It is a cool little twist that really works well. It also makes Superman relatable.

This Superman then starts seeing strange beings. He is trying to figure out what is going on here. The two young kids head back home. Superman meanwhile spends the issue trying to decipher who these two strange beings are. It is really cool as he tries to unravel the mystery that is happening.

We get to see how some of the Chinese-American population lived at that time. We also get to see how Superman himself adopts to the immigration experience. The issue also heavily deals with racism. On the surface, it seems like a Superman comic. If you look closer, there is so much more there.

By the end of the book, we get to see  Superman fight the Klan. You want to cheer at those moments. We also get to see Clark head to the Daily Planet. The Planet itself is part of a hate crime at the end of the book. It is a chilling scene that really sets up a hell of a cliffhanger.

This is turning out to be a pretty decent book. It is smart, funny, and topical. More comics should be like this. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.



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