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Book Review: The Man of Steel

The Man of Steel The Man of Steel by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Man of Steel isn't a bad book, but its a book that doesn't quite seem worth the title. It evokes images of John Byrne's classic mini-series which re-imagined Superman for the post-Crisis era. This book doesn't do that. Instead, Man of Steel is a prologue to Bendis' run on Superman and Action Comics, setting the stage for a new status quo.

Bendis' decision to have Krypton destroyed by a genocidal madman is the biggest innovation in the book and I don't think the book justified this big change Superman's origin 80 years in. The rest of the story sets up a less happy, more brooding Superman and changes the status quo in ways that seem to suit Bendis rather than serving to provide better stories. This is also a book where it could have been twenty pages shorter.

So overall, this is an obligatory read, but a somewhat mediocre one.



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Published on December 01, 2019 00:24 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, superman

Book Review: uperman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Invisible Mafia

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Invisible Mafia Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Invisible Mafia by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Overall, Brian Michael Bendis' first Superman story arc in Action Comics is pretty solid. Superman's investigating a rash of fires in Metropolis. The first opening scene is hilarious when a fellow crook is criticizing a guy trying to shoot Superman.

The rest of the book is good. It has a well-designed villain, good pacing, and a few cute queues. We do get a bit of Lois Lane in this book and that's probably my least favorite part as she sounds a bit off, both in her voice as well as some of the actions she's taking in distancing herself from Superman. It's a convenience to Bendis, but makes less sense for the character. Still for what is, this is pretty solid.



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Published on January 25, 2020 10:19 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, dc-comcis, superman

Book Review: Young Justice, Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse

Young Justice, Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse Young Justice, Vol. 2: Lost in the Multiverse by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Lost in the Multiverse finds the Young Justice team trying to get home if home even exists as they journey through various DC universes.

This is a fun book, particularly in the first couple of issues as they visit some familiar (for old fans) universes. The book does do quite a bit of character stuff and eventually brings all the Wonder Comics characters together at the end, while leaving a big cliffhanger and many questions for the future.

While it's a bit padded at times, this is still a really fun book that leaves me wanting more.



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Published on July 24, 2020 22:11 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, dc-comics, young-justice

Book Review: Batman Universe

Batman: Universe Batman: Universe by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Batman Universe starts off simply enough with the Batman investigating a strange crime by the Riddler with the theft of a Faberge egg. However, it becomes far more epic as this a story that involves Vandal Savage and will ultimately take Batman to the ends of the Universe and back in time.

This is a fun, ride of a story. It was originally told in a Wal-Mart 100-page giant over 12 months and Bendis makes every section interesting. I'd thought he should do Batman and this book confirms that view. He could write a really fresh take on the Dark Knight.

My biggest complaint is that the book has some major misunderstandings of how the Green Lantern Corps works, though I guess I'm not sure what we should expect from a career Marvel guy. Other than that, this is a lot of fun and worth a read.



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Published on August 07, 2020 23:25 Tags: batman, brian-michael-bendis

Book Review: Superman Vol. 2: The Unity Saga: The House of El

Superman Vol. 2: The Unity Saga: The House of El Superman Vol. 2: The Unity Saga: The House of El by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was apprehensive about a lot of changes that Brian Michael Bendis made to Superman...particularly with Superboy now being turned to a teenager. This book justifies the change and explains while also presenting a compelling cosmic quest that ties into what happened to Krypton, what Jor-el's been up to and brings a bit of a turn for Zod as a character. On top of that, I think Bendis does get a better with writing Lois Lane.

The art does feature a lot of big spreads-single page and two page, but I think the cosmic epic nature of the story can justify it.

If I had a fault with the story, it's the big solution to the huge problem at the center of the destruction of Krypton is a bit cheesy and unoriginal. This epic probably could have tightened but this isn't one of those Bendis stories that scream, "Padded!" Given that this is a 9-issue story, that says a lot about the book.




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Published on September 02, 2020 23:18 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, superman

Book Review: Superman, Vol. 3: The Truth Revealed

Superman, Vol. 3: The Truth Revealed Superman, Vol. 3: The Truth Revealed by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Truth Revealed collects four Issues of Superman and two special issues.

The first issue has a reunion between Jon and Damian as the later considers an offer to join the Legion of Superheroes.

The rest of the book centers on Clark's decision to reveal his secret identity. The topic is one suited to Bendis' style as he loves to do stories with a lot of character conversations and talks from even the man on the street and this is a topic where that fits. So while the entire book is a bit pro forma in setting up the new status quo for Superman, it's still an engaging.

My only complaint is the presence of the infected Supergirl in the villains issue. That was rather pointless and a reminder of how DC so badly mishandled this character.

Other than that, it's a solid read.



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Published on January 10, 2021 00:33 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, superman

Christians and Superheroes

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