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Review: Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

I’ve heard for so many years how great John Byrne’s Superman work was. He took over post-Crisis and redefined the character for the (then) modern age. Not an easy book to collect, with various out-of-print volumes. DC Comics has finally released a hardcover collecting the first part of Byrne’s work in Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1. I hold his X-Men, Fantastic Four and even his Alpha Flight stuff in pretty high regard. I’m not a huge Superman fan or DC fan. Would I feel the same way with Supes?

The story is one we’re all familiar with: A scientist on a doomed planet sends his only son across the universe to an alien planet in an attempt to save his life and to spare him from his home world’s destruction. Upon crash-landing on Earth, he’s found by your typical Earth couple who adopt him and raise him as their own and in doing so, he discovers his amazing abilities and decides to use those to help do the right thing and save others. From there, tales with Braniac, Darkseid, the Phantom Stranger and others round out the volume.

John Byrne’s Superman work ends up being pretty stellar to someone like me, who gets to read it for the first time so many decades later. For one, I feel that for one who doesn’t love the decompression of storytelling that everyone has embraced, the pacing is quite enjoyable. The Man Of Steel mini-series would take well over a year by the new standard if done today. I felt like Byrne understood the characters. He wrote a truly amazing Superman and put him through the ringer, so to speak.  And in saying that, Superman comes off truly relevant to the world he exists in. Art-wise, I have always enjoyed John Byrne’s pencils/art and so I knew what I was getting into with this. I knew that part would not disappoint.

Any problems? Mostly that I’m not a huge Superman fan. It feels odd to like this as much as I do. I’m sure a more traveled Superman/DC Comics fan could pick this apart but from what I know, this is one of the most sought-after comic book runs to get collected again. For me, it’s great to know that something that I’ve heard be so enjoyable actually held up over time, at least for me. This first volume maintains its look by having the art being done by Byrne and by Jerry Ordway in some spots. Terry Austin is one of the inkers involved with this and he’s probably the best inker Byrne worked with. The Adventures Of Superman issues are written by Marv Wolfman and also included. It’s great to see the other books of this era included.

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1 ends up collecting Byrne’s Man Of Steel mini-series, Superman 1-4, Adventures Of Superman 424-428, and Action Comics 584 through 587. Some extras included are some Who’s Who ‘87 entries. It has a cover price of $49.99 and feels totally worth the price. Also, if DC Comics had released this a few years ago, it would most-likely just have a plain hardcover design underneath the dust jacket. This collection has a very nice art-on-book cover under the DJ. DC Comics has started to put some real quality on the collected editions that get released. If you are a Supes fan, this is one for you.

Story: John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway Art: John Byrne, Jerry Ordway
Ink: Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, Karl Kesel
Color: Tom Ziuko Letterer: John Costanza, Albert DeGuzman
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: A definite read


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Preview: Superman #25

Superman #25

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Kevin Maguire
In Shops: Sep 09, 2020
SRP: $5.99

NEW VILLAIN ALERT: INTRODUCING SYNMAR! A colossal new threat to Superman, the planet Earth, and the DC Universe arrives on the scene in this special issue! The unique warrior called Synmar was created to represent an entire alien race. He’s trained his entire life – but for what purpose? As the antithesis of everything Superman stands for, Synmar launches his aggression toward Earth – to destroy the Man of Steel and every being on the planet! This is what Superman was born to protect us from!

Superman #25

The 1940s Superman Radio Show comes to DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse

DC Fandome: Explore the Multiverse

Warner Bros. Television and The Creative Coalition are bringing the 1940s Superman Radio Series to life on Saturday, September 12, at DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse, with a cast of today’s biggest stars. Fans from around the world can tune in to this exclusive one-hour event beginning at 10:00 am PDT, for 24 hours. The Superman Radio Series will be available on-demand, so fans can access it throughout the day, whenever they want. Using original scripts from the long-running radio serial recently unearthed from the Warner Bros. Studios vault, this rare, never-before-seen production will allow fans to experience the Man of Steel in a unique way. The exclusive event supports The Creative Coalition’s urgent work to protect and advance the arts in schools and communities across the nation.

The Creative Coalition’s cast includes Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), and Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-0”) as Superman, and features Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld,” “Harley Quinn”), Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”), Erich Bergen (“Madam Secretary”), Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”), Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Sam Daly (“Hunters”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”), Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”), Nicholas Gonzalez (“The Good Doctor”), Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter” films), Richard Kind (“American Dad”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), CCH Pounder (“NCIS: New Orleans”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Yolonda Ross (“Black Lightning”), Caterina Scorsone (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Tamara Tunie (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Henry Winkler (“Barry”), Alfre Woodard (“Luke Cage”), and Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”).

See a New Clip from Superman: Man of Tomorrow

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, is available on Digital starting this Sunday, August 23. The film will arrive from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on 4K & Blu-ray Combo Packs starting September 8.

Check out an all-new clip from the film that features Clark Kent “learning on the job” — by taking on Lobo in a battle of titans.

Preview: Batman/Superman #11

Batman/Superman #11

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Aug 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

It’s Superman versus Batman as the deadly machinations of the Ultra-Humanite crash to their end! The Dark Knight has been transformed into a human atomic bomb, all in the name of wiping Superman from the face of the Earth! As Batman struggles against the urge to kill his friend, Superman must undo the damage done and help the other victims of the Ultra-Humanite’s experiments. It’s the thrilling conclusion to “Atomic” that will reverberate across the DC Universe for months to come!

Batman/Superman #11

Preview: Action Comics #1024

Action Comics #1024

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) John Romita, Klaus Janson
In Shops: Aug 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The city of Metropolis has been rocked by Luthor’s latest attack and the drama surrounding Superman’s truth, and that gives the invisible mafia a new foothold to change the City of Tomorrow forever. Meanwhile, the Daily Planet is under siege! The fallout from Superman: Villains continues as Clark Kent steps out into the world as a reporter for the first time.

Action Comics #1024

ComiXology Delivers a Trio of New Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has three new digital comics for you today from Magnetic Press, Harlequin, and DC Comics! Check out all three here or the individual issues below!

Gunland #4

Written by Capitan Artiglio
Art by Capitan Artiglio
Cover by Capitan Artiglio
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On her own with her new dino steed, The Girl with No Name catches the attention of the notorious Cherub of Golgotha, the self-appointed deadliest outlaw in the land… and he’s bent on killing his number one competition to prove it!

Gunland #4

The Santangeli Marriage

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Orphan Marisa grew up supported by the wealthy Santangeli family. Their only demand was that she marry their son…

Italian billionaire and renowned playboy Lorenzo Santangeli is expecting to receive his money’s worth from his innocent new wife. But Marisa soon flees—how can she share a life with the man who married her solely to produce an heir?

Lorenzo vows to bring his bride home—you do not say no to a Santangeli! Once she’s back, she’ll be his completely, and he is determined to enjoy every minute of it…

The Santangeli Marriage

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #15

Written by Robert Venditti
Pencils Paul Pelletier
Inks Andrew Hennessy
Colored by Adriano Lucas
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Superman is kicked out of Metropolis by its new protector, Metallo! Can the Man of Steel take back the city of tomorrow from the villain and just who did Superman bring as back-up?!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #15

Preview: Superman #24

Superman #24

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: John Timms, Kevin Maguire

Superman’s legendary susceptibility to magic is about to turn his life inside out and upside down. A mysterious new villain has come into Superman’s world to pit him against the most powerful sorcerer and agent for the Lords of Order: Doctor Fate!

Superman #24

Preview: Batman/Superman #10

Batman/Superman #10

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Clayton Henry

Devastation in Gotham City! Following the events of a massive explosion in midtown, Batman and Superman pick up the pieces to learn who rigged the Atomic Skull like a bomb…and will they do it again? All will be revealed as the horrific plan of the Ultra-Humanite rains terror down on the lives of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel!

Batman/Superman #10

DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2
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