The colors red and blue symbolize the iconic Superman, and in this anthology, many different authors and artists share self-contained eight-page stories about DC’s famous hero using only those two colors. As with any collection like this, some were excellent, while others fell flat due to the storytelling or art. I will feature my favorites among the 30 stories in this collection.
Untitled – John Ridley, writer; Clayton Henry, artist
This story obviously picks up from a previous story, but it shows how Clark Kent has to interview a man who mistreated him when he was Superman. The ending is open-ended but realistic.
Deadline – Jesse J. Holland, writer; Laura Braga, artist
Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) wait for their good friend Clark Kent to meet them for dinner. They make a bet that he won’t make it on time, since Superman is such a do-gooder and will get distracted. But don’t underestimate Supes!
Kilg%re City – Michel Fiffe, writer & artist
The art is horrendous, but I liked seeing Hawkgirl, Booster Gold & Cyborg.
A Man Most Saved – Brandon Thomas, writer; Berat Pekmezci, art
A man who has been saved 13 times by Superman over the course of his lifetime, shares how he returned the favor once, and as the news interview progresses he gets one more chance. I enjoyed the art.
Namrepus – Mark Waid, writer; Audrey Mok, artist
An enjoyable retro art style with Superman besting Mr. Mxyzptlk with pranks.
A Little Is a Lot – Robert Venditti, writer; Alitha Martinez, artist
The lessons of Clark’s youth serve him well in the future. Loved the art and coloring.
#SavedBySuperman – Rich Douek, writer; Joe Quinones, art
Great art with a mediocre story about social media influencers who force Superman to save them for likes. Sadly, I think this would happen in real life.
Fetch – Judd Winick, writer; Ibrahim Moustafa, artist and Streaky the Supercat in: Hissy Fit – Sophie Campbell, story & art
The first is about Clark’s dog Krypto and the second is a silly cat story with Supergirl. Gotta love Supes with his pets!
The Special – Tom King, writer; Paolo Rivera, artist
We saw Clark from infancy through his adult years with his own son visiting the same Kansas diner, and alongside the same waitress aging from a young woman to about to retire. A poignant and sweet story that utilized color very effectively.
Ally – Rex Ogle, writer; Mike Norton, artist
A teen gains resolve to tell his family he is gay because he takes strength from Superman when he tells the public his secret identity. Somewhat trite, but the art by Norton (one of my favorite artists) elevates it.
There were different versions of Superman that were used in the stories including Cyborg Superman Hank Henshaw, Bizarro and Val-Zod (Earth-2) that underperformed due to my unfamiliarity with them since the short stories didn’t give you enough time to explain who there were. Too many of the stories were banal and preachy, so as a whole I came away disappointed with this collection. If you like Superman and short stories try the excellent Superman: American Alien instead!