Future State: Superman vs Imperious Lex #3 Review: An Unnecessary Ending


While DC is already effectively into Infinite Frontier, there may be nonetheless one final “Future State” story to shut out this potential future for the DC Universe—the finale of Superman vs. Imperious Lex. In the primary two problems with the miniseries, author Mark Russell took readers right into a wealthy satire about how the wealthy and highly effective exploit the powerless set on the planet Lexor—a world wherein Lex Luthor plans to make a significant transfer with the planet’s pure assets (vitality crystals) to proceed his prosperity just for his plan to backfire when Superman intervenes, underselling Lex and bringing Lexor to an financial standstill. The finale maintains the satire, drawing some uncomfortable parallels with actual life, however falters in the way it pushes the characters into packing containers they do not fairly slot in furtherance of that primary satirical thread whereas merely repeating the identical story discovered within the first two points.

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In this problem, issues are solely getting worse on Lexor, which prompts Lois and Clark to get the United Planets to agree—albeit reluctantly given {that a} United Planets survey workforce was killed by Lexorians—to relocate the determined folks. However, on Lexor Luthor is spinning lies to the planet’s folks in a thinly veiled satire of Donald Trump, blaming Superman for his or her woes. He banishes his loyal droid X-99 and, within the course of, units off a devastating chain of occasions that results in a showdown between himself and Superman. On its face, this appears like a typical Superman and Lex story, but it surely’s additionally an pointless one. While nothing right here is dangerous or poorly crafted—Steve Pugh’s artwork stays a standout of not solely this problem however the sequence total—problem #3 is primarily a repeat of the one earlier than it, however now with some behaviors and actions for the characters that really feel very out of their character.

It’s the shortage of something actually new that diminishes the influence of Superman vs Imperious Lex #3. The first two problems with the sequence held a narrative that, whereas it had a moderately open ending, felt like a pure conclusion. This third problem feels a bit like an excuse to make Lex look much more silly and incompetent—which itself is bothersome as a result of, whereas Lex is a genuinely dangerous man, he is by no means silly. Also, a bit puzzling is how Superman manages to nonetheless be highly effective towards Lex regardless of the earlier points (and certainly DC Comics lore usually) making it clear that the pink solar of the planet weakens him. It’s an odd alternative to make certain.

Ultimately, what prevents Superman vs Imperious Lex #3 from sticking the touchdown comes right down to how superfluous all of it is. The story provides nothing to prior points besides to provide readers a bit extra of Pugh’s unbelievable artwork and make Lex look a bit extra silly. If something, the difficulty turns the satire on itself with this final installment feeling extra like a bizarre money seize than an necessary a part of the story—one thing made extra uncomfortable provided that it arrived a month after the remainder of “Future State” concluded. While not a foul learn, Superman vs Imperious Lex #3 misses the mark, overstays its welcome, and easily leaves readers questioning what the purpose was.

Published by DC Comics

On March 30, 2021

Written by Mark Russell

Art by Steve Pugh

Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Letters by Carlos M. Mangual

Cover by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn




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