REVIEW CORNER: Adventures of Superman # 474

Adventures of Superman # 474
Writer/Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Art Thibert
Letterer: Albert DeGuzman
Colorist: Glenn Whitmore
Cover Date: January 1991
With another Christmas coming and gone and New Year’s Eve is just on the horizon, this week I’ll take a look at Adventures of Superman # 474.
On New Year’s Eve, Clark Kent goes to visit Scott Brubaker, an old friend of his from his days in Smallville during a time where farm boys and town boys barely socialized; Scott invites Clark (Along with Lana Lang and Pete Ross) to a party with a lot of drinking, only Clark is completely sober (Due to his Kryptonian metabolism) and offered to drive when Scott offered them a ride home, but his drinking got the best of him. Soon after, Scott gets into an accident (Surprise, Surprise) and it’s Clark who comes out of the accident without a scratch.
Dan Jurgens has always been an iconic storyteller when it comes to Superman and this story is living proof of that as he presents a realistic and compelling moment from Clark’s days in Smallville, but the guilt that he still carries with him when it comes to not doing more to stop his friend from driving drunk makes him very human and its moment like this that helped in molding him into the hero that he is. The story itself is extremely sad since it’s revealed that Scott is in a coma and Clark tells his parents, who’s there for their son in the last hours of his life, how the accident occurred. Afterward, they tell Clark that Scott would have forgiven him a long time ago. Reading this issue I feel like the uplifting factors that are in this story help balance out the sad elements to give us a Superman story that doesn’t involve fighting a villain of the week but delivers a tale of consequences and acceptance that will resonate with anyone, but it also makes for an interesting New Year’s story.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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