In this issue we also get to meet
Despite all this lame shit going on, this issue doesn't manage to totally suck. Simon/Superior manages to perform his most amazing feat of all and rescue this issue from the depths of despair. The one thing that Millar seems to get is that no matter how amazing and super Superior is, there is still a twelve year old kid trapped in that muscle bound body, and Simon's humanity, innocence and uncorrupted desire to just be a good guy is what makes me able to root for Superior the character. The guy can bench press a nuclear submarine, but he's gotta be quiet when he secretly crashes at his friend's house so that the parent's don't find out. There's just enough of that wholesome stuff to keep me going, because I really like Simon and I wanna know what happens to him.
The latter half of the issue, (ok, I lied, so the issue isn't all about an interview), delivers some more solid character development on the part of Simon and his friend Chris, who is pretty much a real-deal super hero for sticking by his buddy through all the tough times. Chris gets hassled by some dick head ginger-kid and his cronies on the way to basketball practice and returns home to find Simon/Superior on his couch, chowing down on junk food, watching his own interview on TV. When Superior gets wind of what happened, he and Chris deliver some satisfying pay back to the bullies. We also get some insight into what exactly Simon wants to achieve with his new powers, and we get a glimpse of his potential nemesis. It is nice to see this comic finally take a direction. This could possibly get better.
This issue was a bit of a set-up issue, as most of the pieces on the board did some recuperating or consolidating. It seems like things are poised to blow up and get really interesting, but the pacing in this comic isn't the fastest, so there might be a bit of a wait before this title gets really interesting. Though I shudder to say it, I think this comic would actually benefit from a bit more vampire mayhem.
If you want a detailed, in-depth analysis of what went down in this issue and what it all likely means, check out Bleeding Cool's review. But this is just one comic I can't support any longer.