@Trekker...that's because it was a different artist
In fact there were six artists on issue 8. Rags Morales, plus Brad Walker, Rick Bryant, Bob McLeod, Brad Anderson, and David Curiel. I don't know any of the later. Morales did the art in the main story. I suspect this was to prevent it from being late.
Yeah, I know there were a couple artists in it, the change was just jarring and the art wasn't quite as good, the grins on Superman and the "mayor" of Metropolis in their panels were just off looking. (Starting with the page where the "mayor" gives Superman a key to the city.)
Then there's the shot of "Clark Kent" leaving his parents' grave on a windy day where he looks like a cross between Jeff Goldblum and John Lennon, followed a couple pages later by another
shot of Superman with way too goofy of a grin.