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Book Review: Superman, Volume 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth

Superman, Volume 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth Superman, Volume 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


While Bendis' take on Action comics goes with Superman battling arsonist, his first volume of Superman goes big scale as the entire planet is drawn into the Phantom Zone.

This is an extraordinarily good first volume. Bendis really does build an intriguing tale but what ultimately sells it is some of the best art I've seen in the Big 2 in many a month. There are some just gorgeous pictures which really elevate an already good story to a must-read.



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Published on February 18, 2020 23:36 Tags: bendis, superman

Book Review: Superman: Action Comics Volume 2: Leviathan Rising

Superman: Action Comics Volume 2: Leviathan Rising Superman: Action Comics Volume 2: Leviathan Rising by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Invisible Mafia from the previous collection gets sidelined for most of this book as Superman and Lois get on the trail of Leviathan. The conspiracy stuff gets interesting particularly when spooks like Amanda Waller and Director Bones end up wandering what the heck is going on. The story in the main issues of Action Comics has got great scope and is quite a treat to read.

That brings us to the Leviathan Special which is...not horrible but does really accentuate Bendis' greatest indulgences as a writer. There's a lot of talking and a very long dialogue between Leviathan and the woman running the Invisible Mafia. In addition in the story, we have a key plot point break in to resolve a key issue and are told that we need to get the hard cover edition of the book to understand what's going on.

Overall, the story is interesting, but I think the Special drags on to long and has too many Bendisisms that pad out its 40 page length. So if I could give half stars I'd give this 3.5 stars.



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Published on September 24, 2020 22:26 Tags: bendis, superman

Christians and Superheroes

Adam Graham
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