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Superman: Kryptonite Deluxe Edition

(Collana Superman #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  65 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


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
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
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.
Scott S.
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
Sourya Majumder
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 a
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!
Trashy Dreams
2 stars because this has two of my favorite creators doing only an average story. Plus Superman still sucks.
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
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
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
Javier Muñoz
Una buena historia de los primeros tiempos de Superman en la que se enfrenta por primera vez al hecho de que puede llegar a ser vulnerable. El dibujo de Tim sale tiene sus momentos aunque no es para todo el mundo, el guión tiene una complejidad mayor que la media en los cómics de superhéroes, pero me da la impresión de que no está del todo pulida, en todo caso es bastante disfrutable y nos ofrece un lado interesante de superman, aunque tampoco eclipsa a otros personajes muy bien llevados en esta ...more
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
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.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una nueva revisión de la primera toma de contacto de Superman con su parte vulnerable, tanto a nivel físico como emocional, así como de sus orígenes. Nada nuevo, pero de los enfoques más interesantes.
Todd Glaeser
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darwin Cooke and Tim Sale can do no wrong.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
3.5 stars
Alberto Carlos
He leído la edición de ECC, ya crearé su ficha. El caso que bastante bien, pero la historia termina muy de esa manera. Sale está correcto, pero no sé si estoy viendo a Luthor o a Kingpin.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A six issue run on a superhero comic is a tough thing. It's bound to disappoint readers who want a full, epic story, because page length is shorter. And it's bound to drive people who love the reoccurrence of little ideas and thematic elements crazy--because there's little time to develop either. The plot takes precedence; events must move forward, often at the expense of logic.

In light of this, I'm willing to give Superman: Kryptonite a little bit of a break. It is entertainingly told and lushl
Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella
RIP Darwyn Cooke, first of all. It's hard not to miss him like every day.

Secondly, this is a series that is written/drawn by people who, at least according to the intro by Cooke, wanted to find something new to say about Superman, or find just anything at all that could work with a character that has had some many versions over the years. What they come up with isn't THE most original story, but it's very good, and it brings out the virtues of Superman without any (or too much/syrupy) hokum.

Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two of my absolute favorites – Cooke and Sale -- join together on the Big Red S. Can’t go wrong with that, now can you?

Well, unfortunately, this is not the best effort that these two have put forth. Sure, there are those incredible moments that leave your mouth hanging open. Like when the Man of Steel catches a falling semi in mid-air with a crowd of Metropolitans looking on mouths agape, his battle to stop the lava flow of a volcano, and – most particularly – the sepia-tone-like flashbacks at
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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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