Superman Smashes the Klan #2
After reading, Superman Smashes the Klan #1, I needed issue 2. Issue 2 continues the story and gives more insight on the characters struggles. Every page and panel proves to me more and more how great this series is. However, sad that this series is only 3 parts. Undoubtedly, it will be an amazing ending but I will be sad to see it end when there are not too many comics out there discussing racism and real problems with snippets of our history.
Into Superman’s Mind
An interesting aspect of this comic is that we get to see Superman’s struggle as a child growing up with powers and feeling isolated for his differences. Additionally, alien characters (stating to be his parents) appear to him. They guide him, saying he only chooses to use some of his powers. With their advice and push, Superman discovers they are right and is able to use new powers.
Superman And Me, Part 2
The back pages written by Gene Luen Yang, giving historical background as well as his own personal encounters is again my favorite part. This time the creators of Superman are introduced with an interesting background. Both of the creators were of Jewish descent and faced many hardships during their time period with racism and white supremacist. Additionally, Gene Luen Yang discusses the hurtful stereotypes of the Chinese people in films and comics. These stereotypes and roles are still changing to this day for the better. Gene Luen Yang writes about these hurtful stereotypes and experiences often and a good example of his work is the graphic novel American Born Chinese.
One of the most important things about this comic and issue in particular is the development of Chuck. He grows up with his father figure being apart of the KKK and while he is not for it, he is also not against it. Throughout this issue, the characters encourage him he can still do good despite it all. Chuck clearly has a change of heart and wants to be a hero just like his favorite one, Superman. Chuck is an important character now with insight on the KKK plans that help Superman stop them.