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Superman: Kryptonite Deluxe Edition

(Collana Superman #2)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  876 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Legendary, award-winning creator Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) joins forces with acclaimed artist Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) for this oversize hardcover of SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE DELUXE EDITION!

This classic graphic novel features an unforgettable story of Superman's first encounter with Kryptonite, the radioactive chunks of his home planet which can kill him
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by DC Comics (first published December 5th 2007)
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Sam Quixote
Originally published serially as Superman: Confidential, this is a story from Superman’s early days when he’d only just appeared and didn’t know the extent of his vulnerabilities yet. A shady casino owner called Anthony Gallo comes to Metropolis with his lucky giant hunk of green crystal and the Man of Steel has his first encounter with Kryptonite.

As always with Darwyn Cooke, he tells a story set in the Golden Age, like his best known book DC: New Frontier, though this time he only writes it wi
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

As complicated as it is to create stand-alone stories in a comic book industry where everything is retconned, there are stories that successfully manage to bring in a significant tale that ultimately ends up being immortally relevant for a character’s lore. Superman’s stories have always been one of the most difficult ones for writers and artists to innovate with as the direction they could take are innumerable and limited at the same time. With
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Shannon
It's Superman in his earlier years before he knows what Kryptonite can do to them and before he and Lois are an item.

Impressive artwork even if the story and plotting are somewhat good.

MY GRADE: B.
Blindzider
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I had never heard of this book until I just happened to see it sitting on the shelf at the library, with Darwyn Cooke's name popping out on me since he just passed away. In a change of pace, it is only written by him, but the art is none other than Tim Sale.

The primary theme here is Clark learning about vulnerability. The double meaning here is him learning about connecting to the human race, despite his powers, but also what it means to feel fear of death, in his case when he gets near kryptoni
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Logan
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke, a truly talented artist and writer!

Good! Yet another book I've read but never reviewed! So Superman Kryptonite is basically a sequel to Superman: For All Seasons, and collects issues of superman confidential. This book deals with one thing: vulnerability! So superman has been on the job for a few months, him and Lois have began to see each other; every time superman gets into a hairy situation, he is generally very scared, he's thinking this might be what ends him! Some rea
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Scott
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for something akin to Superman For All Seasons (which had a similar style of artwork) or Superman: Birthright (also featuring Supes' early days). Kryptonite, however, wasn't as strong as either of those books, but it was still a satisfactory work. Though it got a little wobbly in the last two chapters, the two or three scenes on the Kent farm (a troubled son leaning on his parents for some support) - plus a scene of Superman commiserating with a polar bear (!) - made it worth a read ...more
Himanshu Karmacharya
The book explores the first encounter of Superman with his infamous weakness, the Kryptonite.

There are beautiful, heartwarming moments between Superman and his parents, which are the actual gems of the book. Tim Sale has drawn many minor details and beautifully captured the emotions of the characters.

I have to say that it is not the best work of either of the storytellers. Darwyn Cook has written better and there have been better artworks by Tim Sale. This doesn't mean that this book is by any m
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Albert
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superman: Kryptonite by Darwyn Cooke and illustrated by Tim Sale gathers the first five issues of Superman Confidential as well as issue 11. It tells the story of when Clark Kent first leaves Smallville for Metropolis and begins his life as Superman. Kent is new at the superhero world and is as of yet, unsure of the true extent of his powers and his invulnerability. He is also in the very early stages of his relationship with Lois Lane.

The story begins, being voiced by an unknown entity, as it f
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Lenny
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“From battling crime and corruption in Metropolis to preventing disasters all over the world, Superman has yet t ofind a force that can stop him. But when a suave, savage crimelord makes his move on Metropolis, he brings his most prized possession with him: Kryptonite! Now everyone from Lois Lane to Lex Luthor to Superman himself is racing to uncover the secret of this green meteorite…”

After seventy years of Superman storytelling, you’d think that everything has been done. Well, Sale and Cooke’s
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Chris
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-dc, dc-re-read
This is one of the books I'd give to people who don't like Superman, who think he's boring because he can't be hurt, because he can do anything, because he's so far removed from humanity he might as well be a God.

Superman in this story is still relatively new in that he is still scared about what might hurt him.  It's a concept that I hadn't ever thought of.  If you were seemingly invulnerable of course you'd be scared whenever you encounter a new threat.  You might be resistant to cold, but wha
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Robert
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
A solid outing from the late Mr Cooke, with stylish artwork by Tim Sale that is both reminiscent of- and differentiated from his pencils for Superman for All Seasons.

Lonelyman

Ultimately this is a story about vulnerability, and it plays off the fun conceit that we, the readers, already know that Supers is well-nigh invulnerable, but at this early stage in his superheroing career, does he? He naturally has his doubts, even before his first encounter with the kryptonite radiation that plays a big role in ho
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Michael
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well crafted story by Cooke of Superman's first encounter with Kryptonite, cleverly updated with modern touches. And something about Tim Sale's Superman art just brings a smile to my face.
Shannon Appelcline
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
Strong writing by Cooke, strong Art by Sale, and a beautifully produced collection.
Daniel
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The late Cooke was an extraordinary writer not just an artist that rivals with the best in the business as we know. So this is a story where Superman faces the only element in the universe that can stop his cells from doing what they do to make him super but in reality this is a story to show the facets of the character which bring him close to mankind, unlike what we see with Dr Manhattan or Miracleman. After all this is not a deconstruction of the genre, being rather a homage and a fine exampl ...more
Nick
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel it's even the slightest exaggeration to say that Darwyn Cooke is the best comic writer in the world right now. He gets how serial-format graphic storytelling should work, and he's able to pull it off consistently.

Superman: Kryptonite is a retelling of Superman's first encounter with the deadly remains of his homeworld. Cooke shrugs off the shackles of ongoing, overwrought continuity and, as he puts it in his introduction, "strictly observe[s:] the original continuity set up by the
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Gayle Francis Moffet
Supes isn't my guy. Nothing against the man, but he's just never done it for me. Turns out, what I need to like him is to see him unsure of what he can do and seeking reassurance in his parents. I also need Lois Lane kicking ass and taking names and refusing to be second to anyone or anything--even Supes and his great big determination to save the world.

The story isn't perfect; the villain isn't as fleshed out as I would like, and if you're going to bring a guy in to be the big bad, not a great
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Vince Osorio
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful novel, a Superman story told with such nuance & reverence for the character that is only rarely ever seen. Beautifully drawn with designs & colors that harken back to Silver Age styles but written in a way that in no ways bound or dated to an older era, Superman: Kryptonite succeeds where many other comics fail by...not being much of a typical DC book at all.

For better or worse, one of the defining characteristics of Superman is his invincibility, but lesser stories always us
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Julian Munds
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comcs
I come to the character of Superman with no open mind. I don't, as a rule. like him. But this book actively makes him face his mortality. This conflict makes him interesting. I wish the themes of immortality, legacy, and omnipotence were examined more. However, I bet the advent of the Watchmen, and Dr. Manhattan. deeply influenced this story. Tim Sale's art feels disneyfied and un realistic. Lex looks absurd. But the sequence with the volcano is expertly realized.
Jeff Hinshaw
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darwyn Cooke is a genius at writing stories going to the heart of classic DC characters. Here he is well served by the art of Tim Sale, telling a story of a young Superman's first experience with Kryptonite.

No spoilers, you'll want to read this one for yourself. Heartfelt story that truly respects the best of the character!
Matt Shaqfan
2 stars because this has two of my favorite creators doing only an average story. Plus Superman still sucks.
Sarah
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was, hands down, not only one of the best Superman origin re-tellings I've read, but also one of the best Superman stories, period, I've read. Darwyn Cooke did an excellent job of capturing Superman's humanity: he was unsure, he was scared, he was doubtful, and, above all, he was vulnerable--and not just with the Kryptonite. He went to his parents, seeking comfort and advice, after a mission goes awry. (I especially loved the strong familial messages in this graphic novel--Superman is one o ...more
Travis
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darwyn Cooke is very consistent with the quality material he produces. His writing style always seems methodically planned with the purpose of staying true to the simple roots of the characters he writes. In this simplicity he exposes core traits in ways that bring me emotionally closer to the character. Tim Sale is an excellent artist that captures the emotions of each panel and presents then with a unique flair. This comic is well written, well paced, and an excellent read. Superman faces real ...more
Richard Keller
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darwyn Cooke is a fantastic storyteller, as seen in this collection of stories. It takes place during the earliest days of Superman's career and how he comes to know the effects of Kryptonite. Well, one of the stories. There have been so many told on how he came to know this deadly element. This is just one of them, and it seems to take place in a past which is modern yet retro as well. Here, Superman/Clark is still unsure of himself, Jimmy Olsen is a firecracker, and Lois is ... Well, Lois neve ...more
Adam Carrington
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-library
Rookie Superman finds kryptonite for the first time and struggles with previously abstract thoughts on mortality - which are not as deep as that implies. A faux-Golden-Age-story, bad guys have guns and suits, there's a vague moral cloak of wholesome-good and devious-evil about the characters - and comic book storylines have simply... become better than this. I'm not on the nostalgia trip that Cooke was on. The story of Krypton and kryptonite is already dulled by too many origin stories: tell me ...more
André Santana
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With two artists of such caliber, one could expect a tale to be huge, almost like a ‘Superman event’; but it’s not - it’s just a tale based on another one from the past in other to apply retro continuity into the last son of Krypton’s history; Darwyn Cooke himself admits it in his intro for the collected edition.

But it’s really well told, Tim Sale and Darwyn Cooke never failed to deliver.
And this one is really intriguing to learn about not only how the Man of Steel copes with his vulnerability -
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Michael
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loeg-archives
I liked it. It was a couple issues longer than it needed to be, but I liked how Cooke characterized Ma and Pa Kent, and Superman's trepedation about his power levels. I found a few things a little odd: first, that Superman is jealous when Lois interviews Gallo, since Clark was there when Perry told her to get the interview, and second, that he romanced Lois as "Superman", since he pretty obviously thinks of himself as "Clark" throughout this story.

Sale's a great artist, however, and I liked the
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Batnerd
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superman-comics
A hidden jewel from Superman's early days. It is written in a very solid, interesting and accessible way. Tim Sale's pencils were good, while also making me disagree a little. He drew a babyish Lex Luthor, and a babyish Superman, the reasons behind that are very creative, but it doesn't look like your usual superman book. Superman is inexperienced and afraid, an angle not often seen (in such a way). The story has the feel of the superman movies. While also having it's dark moments, and comedic r ...more
Thomas
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This out of continuity Superman story is great and what I love about good comics. Good comics is good comics is good comics. The best Superman stories, to me, are the ones where he spends 4-5 pages being super, a few pages for the villains or subplot and the rest is Clark trying to figure it all out.
Rizzie
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darwyn Cooke AND Tim Sale? How the fuck is this not a classic? Well, it turns out that it doesn't quite live up to its pedigree. But that doesn't mean it isn't a fun little comic. I recommend it for the art alone, but it's also a solid entry into Superman's early career, showing his first encounter with kryptonite.
Ronan The Librarian
2.5

I just couldn’t connect with this one. I felt a bit up and down about it; for some pages I felt the writing was thoughtful and that I was warming up to the art, and the next it felt pointless and boring. Clark also came off as childlike in a lot of this to me. It was interesting enough to finish, but not all that satisfying or memorable.
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Darwyn Cooke was an Eisner Award winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, best known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier and Will Eisner's The Spirit.

In 1985, Cooke published his first comic book work as a professional artist in a short story in New Talent Showcase #19, but economic pressure made him leave the career and he worked in Canada as a magazi
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