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The Man of Steel

(Man of Steel (2018) #1-6)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  199 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Genre-defining author Brian Michael Bendis makes his triumphant debut at DC Comics, as an alien being comes to Earth to kill Superman and finish the mission he first started decades ago: destroying the planet Krypton and killing every last Kryptonian! One of the genre's greatest mythologies is turned on its head in Man of Steel!

A new era begins for Superman as a threat nam
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Here it is: Mister Marvel himself, Brian Bendis, finally made the move over to the enemy, DC, after years of writing for Marvel, and this is his much anticipated first DC book, his big debut - with the most iconic superhero of them all, no less, Superman - in The Man of Steel. Ohhhh boy! Ohhhh… crap. Unfortunately we got Blandis. I was severely unimpressed with this one.

Give Doomsday an axe and you’ve got the big bad of this woefully dull story: Rogol Zaar. He hates Kryptonians. Hey, Superman’s
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In a stunning turn of events, Brian Bendis swoops in and single-handedly (well, with a little help from six of DC’s most talented artists) saves Superman from years of stagnation and trash storylines one after the other. Now that’s a nice present for the character’s 80th anniversary! And look, I am not some mindless Bendis fanboy — I fully and openly admit that his last few years at Marvel were not good. His stories felt mediocre, tired and downright hacky at times. Most of his creativ
James DeSantis
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Here it is. The first major book in the DC Universe made by Brian Michael Bendis! Is it good? Actually, yeah, it's pretty fun.

So this Man of Steel Mini-series starts with Superman being the hero we all know and love. He goes around the whole city, protects everyone he can, and fights for the greater good. I know after the shitty man of steel and batman vs superman movies you might have forgotten that Supes is heroic but Bendis gives a nice reminder by having him save hundreds of people in the f
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Bendis brings his characteristic dialogue and twists to Superman and DC for the first time. I like the voice he gives Superman, strong and caring without treating him as a Boy Scout. My favorite scene was his interaction with Batman and the fire chief. The story though needed to be streamlined. A miniseries should stand on its own. There's the introduction of 2 new reporters. One, Robinson Goode, as having ulterior motives. The other, a replacement for Cat Grant as a gossip reporter. Neither hav ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
While not the most mind-blowing, memorable start, Brian Michael Bendis debuts his DC career with freshness and optimism that is clearly reflected in The Man of Steel.

The main villain in this mini-series is just one of those "destroy because it is the right thing" brutes whose personality isn't that carefully fleshed out, but hey, Superman is the main man anyway.

Tomasi really did well in his Rebirth Superman run and I really didn't see the the point of having a reboot simply because some new but
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Blech! I was holding out hope for this after the last few superman volumes have been straight up abortions, but this was really lame. Ok, here we go (spoilers ahead):

The villain: A one-dimensional Doomsday knock off with a bit of Lobo thrown in. His motivation starts as "Krypton is a dangerous planet, we must destroy it" and--for no reason--morphs into "I have a racial hatred for Kyptonians". Lets put this into perspective: Lets say there is an island that I believe is building a doomsday device
Wing Kee
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5! A solid starts that changes the status quo (some good and bad) and makes me excited for the future of Supes.

World: The art is good, there are a lot of great artists in this 6 issues series. That being said, the weekly issues and the deadlines does make the art janky, the reason there’s re so many artists is because of the deadline so the transition is not smooth at all, sometimes in issues themselves there are transitions that just hurt my eyes. The world building is solid, it’s a changing
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
An okay read. So Brian Michael Bendis has left Marvel to now write for DC. I'll admit I only ever read a couple of Bendis's Marvel stuff, he never really blew me away as a writer, but I was still slightly curious to see what he would do with Superman! So the story follows Superman as he battles against a big brute, alien villain, who hates Kryptonians because...reasons. And in the background Lois and Jon are missing, where are they?

To talk about the good, I will say the story overall had its go
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, superhero
So...I've always been a pretty big Superman fan but I have never actually had one of his books as a monthly pull. I mean, sure, I've followed the bigger arcs and graphic novels, kept up to date as best as I could...but I was never heavily invested.

With Bendis coming onto the book I figured I should take a peek.

Am I ever glad I did as I ended up really enjoying this mini springboard of a series that will lead into the ongoing title. Maybe its because I'm not burnt out on the character...maybe its
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5* I read this in single issues. I actually didnt mind Bendis with how he provided his own reworking of superman. However his usual strength of dialgoue was at times pretty cheesy. The change of art style was distracting and I hope they get someone consistent for future Superman titles.
Sean Gibson
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Given that Brian Michael Bendis is like the weird lovechild of Stan Lee and a less misogynistic David Mamet, it seems sort of strange to be commenting on Bendis’s first foray into tackling iconic characters at the Distinguished Competition as we mourn the passing of The Man.

Bendis had such a long and storied career at Marvel precisely because, generally speaking, he was so good at getting to the core of the human side of the company’s flagship (and lesser known) characters, even in the midst of
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
BENDIS FIRST FULL VOLUME OF DC WORK. And it's really good. Very Bendis and you can see he's already trying to shake things up, but I think he has a good handle on Superman. It also doesn't hurt that he's teamed with some amazing artists here.
Mitchell Kukulka
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book took every fear and apprehension I had about Bendis' taking over of the Superman brand and turned them on their head.

The signature style of naturalistic dialogue that made Bendis such a visionary of the superhero genre in the first place isn't lost in the setting of Metropolis and its cast of characters, with the Daily Planet regulars Perry White and Jimmy Olson in particular fitting Bendis' words like a glove.

Most surprisingly, Bendis tackles an epic tale of action and tragedy wort
Andrew Greatbatch
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lot of people didn't enjoy this very much, but I loved it. Can't wait for Bendis' take on Superman & Action Comics.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bendis is really good about diving into a character and making him or her his own. He's good with original stuff too (Powers, Alias--otherwise known as Jessica Jones), but I like his takes on existing superheroes a lot.

I wasn't sure he would be able to pull off "reinventing" Superman (which he really doesn't, but he does add layers--with the super-hearing--that other writers haven't thought about so much), but so far he's done a great job.

Bendis displays a lot of humor in this one. The Firefly/K
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Basic plot: A major threat from Krypton's past threatens Superman in the present, while he deals with family issues.

Bendis gives Superman humor and light sarcasm, which I like. He has to be more human than even the human characters are, because he is fricking Superman. Any time a villain is smart enough to do villainous things without being dumb or succombing to monologuing, that makes them all the more interesting. It is the mystery.

The art styles kept changing, sometimes within the same book.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

After two decades of his life dedicated to writing for Marvel and establishing himself as one of the greatest writers of this era, Brian Michael Bendis makes the jump to join DC Comics and stuns the world with his latest project: The Man of Steel. Although his last projects, including Civil War II, have left some fans wondering if there were any creative juice left in this legendary writer, his passion for superheroes withstands the trials and i
Billy Jepma
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, comics
I’ve always wanted to love Superman, but for whatever reason, have never been able to get invested in many of his comic storylines. His ongoing series’ rarely present the kinds of conflicts that work for me, and while I don’t doubt the value of those stories, they never spoke to me. But I wanted them to.

With Brian Michael Bendis’ dramatic departure from Marvel and his equally dramatic entrance into DC, I thought that this could be a good chance to try yet again to get into a Superman ongoing. I
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Read as single issues.

I hate when someone just says "this was horrible" and then offers no real critique. So, I'll offer some explanation.

As a story, it's boring. It's tired. It's been done over and over and over. And in the world of comics, that's not exactly the end of the world. Plenty of comics are repetitive. But they shouldn't feel that way.

The character of Superman feels regressive. He's spent years progressing. I've followed him for years now while he grows as a person. The mystery of th
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
There are writers who I hear about, read reviews of their work, whom I figure I'm supposed to like. Whether it is Dickens or Zelazny, Twain or Octavia Butler (whom I'm going to try again), somehow they just don't work for me. My history is Bendis is not great, I wanted to like Powers much more than I did (note: I was very underwhelmed, but love the concept).

So, with all of that said why read this? Because DC, the IP owner of Superman, has done another big hire and turned the franchise over to Be
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was not expecting to like this. Over the past several months I’ve been bombarded with double page “BENDIS IS COMING” spreads in EVERY comic book DC puts out and with each one, I have become more and more bitter about him taking over Superman.

But I did like it! His subtle humor was just right and, while I think this story could have been half the length, it worked well as the basis for a new direction for the characters.
Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a refreshing return to Superman for old readers who skipped his stories since quite a while. The story was compelling, the parade of artists was just exquisite.
I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance.
Martin Králik
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: komiks-precitane
Citalo sa celkom dobre, len obcas mi vadila ta opakovanost. A dost mi vadilo to mnozstvo ilustratorskych stylov, dokonca v ramci jedneho zositu.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not a bad start for Bendis on Superman, but there is plenty of room for improvement. Man of Steel has the same problems (to a lesser extent) as Action Comics Rebirth e.g., too much action, not enough plot, and nonsensical character choices. Still, there are enough touching moments and interesting ideas to make Man of Steel worthwhile for Superman fans.
Gavin Abdollahi
I honestly cannot rate this. I read it over the course of a couple of days, and I can't seem to decide if it was good or bad. I guess graphic novels should be read straight...
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yay! Superman is fun again.
Jaime Guzman
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It's the debut of Michael Brian Bendis writing for a DC comic! I finally collected all six issues and read all of them in one sitting. This is the essence of the story - Lois and son have taken off with Jor-El and new villian Rogol Zaar really hates Kryptonians and so much so that he wants to wipe them all out.
The art work is really good with some of the finest comic book artists under the DC banner. My only gripe is that I wish it would've stayed with one artist throughout the six issues. Bendi
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lukewarm start for all the hype. Hopefully his main plot in #1 steps it up.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Man of Steel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I’m a huge fan of Brian Michael Bendis, so at this point I’ll pretty much read anything he puts on the market. So obviously I was curious when I heard that he was going to be doing a Superman plot. Sure, I had hoped something like this would happen back when I learned that DC had managed to lure him away…but I hadn’t actually expected that small hope to come to anything!
Brian Michael Bendis is we
Xander Haan
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Man of Steel - 5/5 ★'s

Frankly, I might be biased because Brian Michael Bendis is my favorite comic book writer ever. However, I do believe that this is a strong story and even if you aren't a fan of his you'd still enjoy it.

The story itself is great! I think Rogol Zaar is a great villain. By no means is he my favorite villain ever but he is interesting. I love the Jon and Lois subplot going on. It is intriguing and doesn't even get resolved until the final issue. I wonder where he will be go
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot

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