The Man of Steel

The Man of Steel

The Last Son of Krypton is about to meet his home planet's nemesis. After revolutionizing superhero storytelling in such classic titles as Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil and New Avengers, acclaimed comics author Brian Michael Bendis brings that same magic to the DC Universe with this explosive new Superman saga. Featuring the work of artists including Jos� Luis Garc�a-L�pe...

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The Man of Steel Reviews

  • Artemy

    In a stunning turn of events, Brian Bendis swoops in and single-handedly (well, with a little help from six of DC’s most talented artists) saves Superman from years of stagnation and trash storylines one after the other. Now that’s a nice present for the character’s 80th anniversary! And look, I am not some mindless Bendis fanboy — I fully and openly admit that his last few years at Marvel were not good. His stories felt mediocre, tired and downright hacky at times. Most of his creativ

    In a stunning turn of events, Brian Bendis swoops in and single-handedly (well, with a little help from six of DC’s most talented artists) saves Superman from years of stagnation and trash storylines one after the other. Now that’s a nice present for the character’s 80th anniversary! And look, I am not some mindless Bendis fanboy — I fully and openly admit that his last few years at Marvel were not good. His stories felt mediocre, tired and downright hacky at times. Most of his creative output was in greedy cash-in titles, like Defenders, Jessica Jones and Guardians of the Galaxy, and it didn’t earn him any goodwill from loyal DC fans who were afraid that he’ll come and ruin everything. But I mean it when I say that Man of Steel is the best writing Bendis has done in many, many years — it feels energized, exciting and fresh, his characterization is spot on, his signature dialogue is crisp, and the gorgeous, GORGEOUS artwork from DC’s top talent makes the whole package so good I can barely handle it. Seriously, this is as good as his early days on Daredevil and Alias, only with years of human and professional experience added on top of that, plus an exceptional understanding of Clark, Lois and Jon as separate characters as well as a family unit. Add an excellent portrayal of Supergirl, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen and so many others, mix in some good old high quality fun super-heroics, and you have a winner. You all know that Superman is my favorite character, but it’s so rare to find a great Superman book, especially an ongoing one — well, this promises to be one of those. Man of Steel is an excellent start for a larger story, and by the look of it, it’s only going to get better as Bendis takes over both Superman and Action Comics titles. I absolutely can’t wait, and I’m almost shaking with excitement just thinking about it. Hot damn, indeed.

  • Wing Kee

    3.5! A solid starts that changes the status quo (some good and bad) and makes me excited for the future of Supes.

    World: The art is good, there are a lot of great artists in this 6 issues series. That being said, the weekly issues and the deadlines does make the art janky, the reason there’s re so many artists is because of the deadline so the transition is not smooth at all, sometimes in issues themselves there are transitions that just hurt my eyes. The world building is solid, it’s a changing

    3.5! A solid starts that changes the status quo (some good and bad) and makes me excited for the future of Supes.

    World: The art is good, there are a lot of great artists in this 6 issues series. That being said, the weekly issues and the deadlines does make the art janky, the reason there’s re so many artists is because of the deadline so the transition is not smooth at all, sometimes in issues themselves there are transitions that just hurt my eyes. The world building is solid, it’s a changing of the status quo and also using pieces that came from the past and also from Rebirth. Say what you will about some of the changes, at least it’s moving the world forward (I’ll get more into that below). What I don’t like is the rehash and the rehash of every new Superman writer dealing with the destruction of Kryton, we are so done with this that it’s now a cliche for a writer to come onboard Superman and do a “Secrets behind Krypton’s destruction!!” story, that’s a bit old. As I said the new status quo is interesting and I do look forward to how Bendis plays with Supes.

    Story: The dialog is crisp, the pacing is solid and the writing overall is sure and steady. That being said I’m not a big fan of the destruction of Krypton being rehashed again and again so yeah meh. I did really enjoy the new villain though, he was interesting to look at, and I like that Bendis is playing the long game with him and not revealing too much about him yet so that future stories can deal with him, Rogol Zaar was a wrecking ball for Bendis and he did his job. The status quo change in terms of the Kent family unit is a bit hard to take, but one that I could see being good for Superman and the cast of characters. It’s nice to live in family bliss but as with stories, happiness does not make for good drama, I like that Bendis is not ripping the family apart but using this summer vacation to change the status quo. I loved Super Sons and I was one of the many who went on Twitter and ranted on the decision (I still want that series back) but if Jon is going to come back here a bit different and then we go into a Super Sons mini that hopefully will lead to a new series I am all for it. Lois leaving the Planet is also an interesting choice and also allows for Clark to stand out there and more drama there to ensue, you can already see the pieces that Bendis is putting together with the new reporter and Moore that are going to be interesting aspects that will challenge Clark and Supes respectively in different areas. Lois being on another planet also gives DC a chance to make her an even stronger character and I hope that’s where they are going with. Overall, a lot of questions were posed and a lot of pieces were moved to change the status quo for Bendis but hopefully this will turn out to be Ultimate Spider-Man good and not Age of Ultron good. I will say one thing, Kandor was heartbreaking and wow but I know that this will not be permanent cause...comics.

    Characters: Bendis’ Superman has red trunks which makes me so happy, so let’s get that out of the way, I’ve always hated that they removed his trunks in the films and in the New52. Superman and Clark as a character in these 6 issues is clearly different from Jurgens and Tomasi/Gleason Superman. Superman is much more cerebral which I like, we get a large chunk of how he thinks (much like what he did with Peter and Miles and Riri), he’s still hopeful, he’s still a good man with ideals but there are instances and spurts of inner monologue where he cherishes the fight with Zaar which didn’t stil well with me (example of welcoming fighting and destroying all the windows in Metropolis...which he eventually did become Supes and take the fight to the Moon). Overall I like this new voice for Superman it’s human and also Superman at the same time, there is an edge to him which I like (much like Rucka did with Diana in Rebirth). Clark is also good but I’ve not seen enough of him yet to make a judgement the pieces that Bendis has created to interact with him will be interesting. The new reporter and the fire chief are interesting characters and I hope they pan out, please don’t make them into piney love interests cause we are way beyond this. The villain Zaar is interesting in how little we know about him, I like that cause it leaves a lot of story to tell in the future, he was a wrecking ball and that’s all we need. Lois is strong in the little we saw a of her and Jon is great, I hope this new status quo change will give them further depth moving forward. Oh, Kara was great, Bendis did her well, it’s quite clear how different she is to Clark immediately and I love that, her age and her rage is a great thing to tap on early, I am looking to where DC takes her.

    A lot of good character changes and status quo moves that I enjoyed. They way we got there is a bit too cliched for me and I’m so tired of going back to Krypton’s destruction again.

    Onward to the next book!

    *read individual issues*

  • Jedi JC Daquis

    While not the most mind-blowing, memorable start, Brian Michael Bendis debuts his DC career with freshness and optimism that is clearly reflected in The Man of Steel.

    The main villain in this mini-series is just one of those "destroy because it is the right thing" brutes whose personality isn't that carefully fleshed out, but hey, Superman is the main man anyway.

    Tomasi really did well in his Rebirth Superman run and I really didn't see the the point of having a reboot simply because some new but

    While not the most mind-blowing, memorable start, Brian Michael Bendis debuts his DC career with freshness and optimism that is clearly reflected in The Man of Steel.

    The main villain in this mini-series is just one of those "destroy because it is the right thing" brutes whose personality isn't that carefully fleshed out, but hey, Superman is the main man anyway.

    Tomasi really did well in his Rebirth Superman run and I really didn't see the the point of having a reboot simply because some new but high-profile writer is taking over. Yet I understand why there is a need to do this. Unlike Marvel resrarts that sjow up like notoriously crazy mushrooms, DC restarts are more organic. So I am hoping that his Superman run would be great.

  • James DeSantis

    Here it is. The first major book in the DC Universe made by Brian Michael Bendis! Is it good? Actually, yeah, it's pretty fun.

    So this Man of Steel Mini-series starts with Superman being the hero we all know and love. He goes around the whole city, protects everyone he can, and fights for the greater good. I know after the shitty man of steel and batman vs superman movies you might have forgotten that Supes is heroic but Bendis gives a nice reminder by having him save hundreds of people in the f

    Here it is. The first major book in the DC Universe made by Brian Michael Bendis! Is it good? Actually, yeah, it's pretty fun.

    So this Man of Steel Mini-series starts with Superman being the hero we all know and love. He goes around the whole city, protects everyone he can, and fights for the greater good. I know after the shitty man of steel and batman vs superman movies you might have forgotten that Supes is heroic but Bendis gives a nice reminder by having him save hundreds of people in the first few issues here.

    However, we all know it can't stay good. For some reason Jon and Lois are not in this current superman storyline. Instead we get flashbacks of Clark remembering a moment when he lost his son and daughter but what happened to them and where did they go? Mystery! Then we got a new Doomsday lookalike mofo come down and try to cleanse the world of Superman and his kind.

    Good: I really enjoyed watching Superman being heroic. Very true to his character. I enjoyed some of the dialog a lot, mostly with Jon and his third draw, and also liked Superman with Batman and the fire fighter. The fight scenes are pretty great at times, and some of them are out of this world epic. Oh, and nice to see Supergirl get some love here.

    Bad: Okay...some of the dialog is bad. One in-particular moment is with The Flash saying "Poo Poo"...yeahhhhhhhhhhhh. Also the main villain just kind of one note. I didn't really like the change in the art every issue either, could be jarring.

    Overall solid, fun, little mini series to give Bendis his opening to his new series (he'll be writing Superman AND Action Comics). It didn't blow me away but it gave me a good time, well paced, and fun action. A 3 out of 5.

  • Sean Gibson

    Given that Brian Michael Bendis is like the weird lovechild of Stan Lee and a less misogynistic David Mamet, it seems sort of strange to be commenting on Bendis’s first foray into tackling iconic characters at the Distinguished Competition as we mourn the passing of The Man.

    Bendis had such a long and storied career at Marvel precisely because, generally speaking, he was so good at getting to the core of the human side of the company’s flagship (and lesser known) characters, even in the midst of

    Given that Brian Michael Bendis is like the weird lovechild of Stan Lee and a less misogynistic David Mamet, it seems sort of strange to be commenting on Bendis’s first foray into tackling iconic characters at the Distinguished Competition as we mourn the passing of The Man.

    Bendis had such a long and storied career at Marvel precisely because, generally speaking, he was so good at getting to the core of the human side of the company’s flagship (and lesser known) characters, even in the midst of ridiculously overblown crossover events. While there have been other efforts to humanize Superman over the years, Bendis’s attempt to Marvelize him, which is what this feels like, achieves mixed results. Here and there, flashes of brilliance poke through, and there are issues where the art rises to the occasion. Mostly, though, it’s uneven, and I found myself shrugging indifferently at competently executed but otherwise unremarkable superhero fare. (It certainly doesn’t touch the rarified air of Mark Waid’s Superman: Birthright.)

    Still, there’s enough potential here for me to check out more of Bendis’s DC stuff, if only because a 20-year track record of putting out high-quality books earns you a few extra whacks.

  • Chad

    Bendis brings his characteristic dialogue and twists to Superman and DC for the first time. I like the voice he gives Superman, strong and caring without treating him as a Boy Scout. My favorite scene was his interaction with Batman and the fire chief. The story though needed to be streamlined. A miniseries should stand on its own. There's the introduction of 2 new reporters. One, Robinson Goode, as having ulterior motives. The other, a replacement for Cat Grant as a gossip reporter. Neither hav

    Bendis brings his characteristic dialogue and twists to Superman and DC for the first time. I like the voice he gives Superman, strong and caring without treating him as a Boy Scout. My favorite scene was his interaction with Batman and the fire chief. The story though needed to be streamlined. A miniseries should stand on its own. There's the introduction of 2 new reporters. One, Robinson Goode, as having ulterior motives. The other, a replacement for Cat Grant as a gossip reporter. Neither have stories that go much of anywhere in this. Bendis should have waited to introduce them during the regular runs in Superman and Action Comics. I also found the way he drew out Lois and Jon's disappearance REALLY frustrating. It was just a couple of pages at the end of each issue where he tread the same ground over and over again until issue 5. Just get to the point. It was a cheap way to create false tension.

    The book heats up once this new alien shows up. He's menacing and something of a zealot. Bendis elects to leave his motivations a mystery for now, but boy does he hate Kryptonians. There's a lot of artists on the book due to the weekly schedule. Most of them had similar styles and I didn't find it distracting at all, although a lot of my friends had issues with it. Regardless, it's Bendis so I'll be picking up the net arcs to see where this is headed.

  • Sam Quixote

    Here it is: Mister Marvel himself, Brian Bendis, finally made the move over to the enemy, DC, after years of writing for Marvel, and this is his much anticipated first DC book, his big debut - with the most iconic superhero of them all, no less, Superman - in The Man of Steel. Ohhhh boy! Ohhhh… crap. Unfortunately we got Blandis. I was severely unimpressed with this one.

    Give Doomsday an axe and you’ve got the big bad of this woefully dull story: Rogol Zaar. He hates Kryptonians. Hey, Superman’s

    Here it is: Mister Marvel himself, Brian Bendis, finally made the move over to the enemy, DC, after years of writing for Marvel, and this is his much anticipated first DC book, his big debut - with the most iconic superhero of them all, no less, Superman - in The Man of Steel. Ohhhh boy! Ohhhh… crap. Unfortunately we got Blandis. I was severely unimpressed with this one.

    Give Doomsday an axe and you’ve got the big bad of this woefully dull story: Rogol Zaar. He hates Kryptonians. Hey, Superman’s a Kryptonian! Time for them to trade punches! Guess who wins? Also, someone’s starting fires around Metropolis! Snore…

    Superman’s got his red panties back… yay…? He’s also back doing really boring good guy stuff like rescuing lil kiddies from burning buildings and punching giant robots - the kind of generic crap Superman’s been doing for decades - while Clark’s characterisation is the usual gawrsh shucks country boy routine, clumsily stumbling around the newsroom. I guess that’s the point, to signal a return to the classic character of yore, only it makes for yawny reading.

    A couple of new characters are introduced to the cast: flame-haired Deputy Fire Chief Melody Moore, aka Obvious Potential Love Interest, and Robinson Goode, the hotshot City Desk Reporter, replacing Lois Lane at the Daily Planet. I didn’t dislike either but I didn’t like them much either. They’re just sort of… meh. Obvious table-setting.

    Towards the end, we finally get something more than Superman and Supergirl punching the unimaginative one-dimensional villain over and over, with the appearance of a supposedly dead character (nobody stays dead in superhero comics, ever!), setting up Lois and Jon’s upcoming storyline. That might be fun, and the reveal of the firestarter was somewhat intriguing. It’s really not much though.

    A bunch of talented artists drew this story and, while I can’t say any of the art is bad, none of the pages really stood out as all that special or memorable. Nobody took any chances and the comic looks like any other Superman book.

    I’d hoped The Man of Steel would be a fresh, exciting beginning for both Bendis and Superman, a much-needed shot in the arm for the Superman line which has been stagnant for years. But Bendis was on autopilot for some reason, producing a story as uninspired and dull as the worst of his Marvel stuff was. It’s not poorly written, nor poorly drawn, it’s just not at all interesting.

    The Man of Steel is Superman-by-the-numbers which couldn’t be more tedious for me as someone who’s been reading Superman comics for years. Hopefully Bendis finds his footing in his next Superman and Action Comics story arcs (definitely both trade-waits for me now after this!) but this one is an extremely underwhelming beginning to one of the comics year’s most anticipated events.

  • Khurram

    Wow, what did Superman do to upset Bendis. Ok I will admit I am not a Superman fan, but I got hooked by the hype of Michael Bendis writing Superman. Unfortunately this book just reinforced my opinion of Sups, but even I felt sorry for the "Man of Steel". Short of what the Joker did to him in Injustice this total dismemberment of every aspect of Superman's life is pretty much all he need for a villain turn.

    3 major event are happening devouring Metropolis and especially Superman. His life professi

    Wow, what did Superman do to upset Bendis. Ok I will admit I am not a Superman fan, but I got hooked by the hype of Michael Bendis writing Superman. Unfortunately this book just reinforced my opinion of Sups, but even I felt sorry for the "Man of Steel". Short of what the Joker did to him in Injustice this total dismemberment of every aspect of Superman's life is pretty much all he need for a villain turn.

    3 major event are happening devouring Metropolis and especially Superman. His life professional and personal is wrecked. There is a mysterious arsonist on the loose, and the main villain with a goal to destroy the whole Kryptonian race. This is another thing I did not like this guy had Superman at his mercy a number of times but just left him there. I also did not like the way the stories were drawn out all of this could have been done in half the number of issues.

    I don't think I will be back to see where this run goes. Very disappointing after all the hype.

  • Malum

    Blech! I was holding out hope for this after the last few superman volumes have been straight up abortions, but this was really lame. Ok, here we go (spoilers ahead):

    The villain: A one-dimensional Doomsday knock off with a bit of Lobo thrown in. His motivation starts as "Krypton is a dangerous planet, we must destroy it" and--for no reason--morphs into "I have a racial hatred for Kyptonians". Lets put this into perspective: Lets say there is an island that I believe is building a doomsday device

    Blech! I was holding out hope for this after the last few superman volumes have been straight up abortions, but this was really lame. Ok, here we go (spoilers ahead):

    The villain: A one-dimensional Doomsday knock off with a bit of Lobo thrown in. His motivation starts as "Krypton is a dangerous planet, we must destroy it" and--for no reason--morphs into "I have a racial hatred for Kyptonians". Lets put this into perspective: Lets say there is an island that I believe is building a doomsday device. I then go and wipe out the island. If I find out that two islanders survived and are now living peacefully on the other side of the planet, why would I then go and racially cleanse them? It seems like two different motivations and it doesn't make sense.

    The villain is also ass-ugly. I don't mean beauty wise (but yeah, that too), he is just so uninspired and boring looking. He barely talks because he literally has nothing interesting to say.

    Next, can we stop screwing with Superman's origin please? Pretty please with sugar on top? Is nothing in comics sacred? Superman has an awesome origin that truly works for his character. Now, however, we need to change that. First, his dad ends up being alive. Now, there is a whole new reason his planet blew up. Leave it alone DC. Look to the future, don't stomp on the past.

    Next, Clark allows Lois and Jon to leave Earth with a crazy person that just recently imprisoned a bunch of innocent people and tried to beat the hell out of Superman. "There is no way we can stop Jon from going!!!!" Yeah you can. He is your fucking child. Grow some balls and tell his spoiled ass no for once. Christ on a cracker at Christmas!!!!!!!!

    Next, the story jumps around forwards and backwards in time to set up a shocking surprise that is not shocking or a surprise. Stop it. Just tell me a normal freaking story for a change without acting like you are freaking

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    At the end, the Superman universe is all shook up!!!!!! Ooooh and aaaah and the such. Can't we just get a status quo and stick with it for a little bit? This isn't just a Superman problem either. Every few volumes of any particular comic they have to reset the world of the hero. BACK TO ISSUE ONE WE GO! REBOOT TIME! WHEEEEEEE! Knock it off. Just tell me a solid story goddamn it.

    I really, really tried to find a reason to give this two stars, fam, but I literally can't think of anything that I liked about this dumpster fire.

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