Flashpoint: Project Superman #2 (DC Comics)
By Scott Snyder, Lowell Francis, Gene Ha
Continuing our walk through the past of the Flashpoint universe, this issue we see how Sam Lane took to the boy called Subject One, the alien whose crash-landing devastated Metropolis. While the government has its own ideas about how to deal with the young alien, Lane begins to think of him as his own child, as much as his daughter Lois, something that isn’t sitting at all well with their original agent, Subject Zero. The most intriguing part of this story, for me at least, is the totally different dynamic the relationship between Sam Lane and Kal-El has taken. The Sam Lane we’ve seen most recently in the DC Universe was violently anti-alien in general, and anti-Superman in particular. It’s interesting to see how different that is when he’s there with the alien in question from its infancy. The character is humanized a bit, which is nice to see. This issue also ties back in to Flashpoint #3, explaining a few of the beats we saw during the invasion of the base by Flash, Batman and Cyborg and further shedding light on just how Kal-El of Krypton became the shrunken, broken creature we saw in that issue. Subject Zero is still interesting in his own right, and more and more I find myself wondering if he’s going to turn out to be an analogue to a character we’re already familiar with. This is a nice issue, filling in a lot of blanks about this weird new universe.