“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” by Matt Kindt and Stephen Segovia was originally presented in three digital parts as part of DC’s Digital-First program. Stitched together, printed, stapled and sold as “Adventures of Superman” #3, this comic book is packed with story and imagery as every page features Superman going about his daily business with a strip that follows the adventures of Lois Lane doing the same. The remarkable part of this story is that everything presented occurs in the span of a few hours.
Those few hours involve Superman answering a distress call from Green Lantern Laira, stopping a war on a different alien world and liberating Infinity Man and Mister Miracle from Darkseid’s prison. As readers might expect, Matt Kindt provides a wide investigation of the Man of Steel’s powers. The writer uses caption boxes to narrate the action, while also providing the reader with a firsthand account of the events. Across the bottom of the page, almost in synchronized time with Superman’s adventures, Lois Lane has a confrontation with Lex Luthor. Kindt’s Lois and Lex are wispy shadows of the characters fans know and love, but the point of this strip is to provide a parallel for what “normal” people can accomplish comparable to what Superman gets done. None of Superman’s story has word balloons from the Last Son of Krypton, preferring to illustrate the superhero as a man who lets his actions speak for themselves.
Stephen Segovia provides the art with smart assistance from colorist Jay David Ramos. The colors for Lois’ tale are light, bright and airy, giving them a sun-washed appearance as Lois meets with Lex in the dawning hours of the day. By comparison, Superman’s story is splashed with every color in Ramos’ palette, filling the day. Segovia’s art is full of detail and layered with action. Despite drawing Superman doing what we’ve all seen him do a hundred times, Segovia manages to offer a fresh presentation. It’s rather reminiscent of Lee Bermejo’s work on the “Wednesday Comics” strip, but slightly more prone to cartoonish expression and exaggeration. The pages are visually packed as well, marrying up two screens from the digital comic for every one printed page. That trims out space-consuming splash pages and double-splashes, but it provides a richer economic package of panel per penny.
If there’s one thing modern-day comics could use more of, it is fun, enjoyable Superman comics. All too often a man out of time due to the standards that make him an inspiration, this format liberates creators to tell stories with significantly more freedom. “Adventures of Superman” gives fans a chance to read about a strange visitor from another planet who still wears his underwear on the outside, is romantically involved with Lois Lane and has adventures that include adventure rather than navel gazing. “Adventures of Superman” #3 is a nice, concise sample of everything this comic and comics featuring Superman can be.