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The Man of Steel

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

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The Last Son of Krypton is about to meet his home planet's nemesis.

After revolutionizing superhero storytelling in such classic titles as Ultimate Spider-Man, Daredevil and New Avengers, acclaimed comics author Brian Michael Bendis brings that same magic to the DC Universe with this explosive new Superman saga. Featuring the work of artists including Jos� Luis Garc�a-L�pe
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
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow, what did Superman do to upset Bendis. Ok I will admit I am not a Superman fan, but I got hooked by the hype of Michael Bendis writing Superman. Unfortunately this book just reinforced my opinion of Sups, but even I felt sorry for the "Man of Steel". Short of what the Joker did to him in Injustice this total dismemberment of every aspect of Superman's life is pretty much all he need for a villain turn.

3 major event are happening devouring Metropolis and especially Superman. His life professi
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
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
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
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
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Refreshing in its humanity and grimness, this Superman tale contains genocide, violence, and abandonment, but is not without its humor and upstanding morals. Those looking for repeats of tropes need not apply.
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
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. Here was me hoping Bendis was going to revive his now outdated career and produce some of his old genius that he had with Daredevil and Jessica Jones all those years ago. Wrong!

This is one of those outdated boring same old stories that Superman gets challenged by a new powerful Alien, do me a favour and just stop right there.

What a waste.
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.
Rod Brown
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well that was underwhelming. I was expecting Brian Michael Bendis to do something new and different with Superman, but instead I get a book that is not dissimilar from what Dan Jurgens and dozens of others have been doing for the last few decades. Super bland.

The big, bad villain - who stole Swamp Thing's nose and Lobo's space motorcycle - is a super snooze who hits stuff a lot, but apparently thinks about hitting stuff five moves in advance? Mostly this means he tactically retreats every so oft
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Superstar Brian Michael Bendis comes aboard at DC ... and it's disappointing.

I mean, he went straight back to the well of a supervillain whose main resume item is having destroyed Krypton, an idea that's not new, and in fact was used this decade in Superman: Earth One, Volume 1. And, that supervillain is a big stupid Doomsday-type foe, which pretty much never leads to good storytelling. Someone even recognizes the similarity with the Death of Superman inspired cover to issue #5. And there's a gr
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.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was okay. This was about Rogol Zaar has come to Earth to kill Superman and Supergirl to end all Kryptonian life. I found this book useless and only read it to find out where Lois goes. My likes: The art was good. The Cliffhanger ending was good. My flaws: I didn't really care for the flashbacks and the ending was rushed and bad. Rogal Zaar barley developed as we didn't really learn too much about him. Overall meh book. I rate it 3.5/5. Don't consider buying this.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Not bad, but Bendis hasn't really changed his methods from his Marvel days. He likes to change what was canon, in this case, modifying Supes' origin, not so much the 'what' but the 'why'. He creates 'mystery' by changing the status quo (Clark and Lois' relationship) but not really telling you what happened until later. He creates drama by introducing new characters as well as repeating dialogue and sequences over and over again, giving you slightly more each time (which to me is just to take up ...more
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
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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
The man is here. Brian Michael Bendis has made his debut in dc comics by writing this 6 issue miniseries. My thoughts going into this: this better be good because Superman rebirth and supersons were cancelled because of Bendis

The man of steel - Rogol zaar comes to earth to cleanse earth of kryptonians and that means killing Superman and his cousin Kara. While this is happening Clark is getting flashbacks of when his dad jor-el ( most recently seen in the oz effect ) comes to Clark’s apartment of
Laura Lawson
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting read with the time jumps. I hope to read what happens next.
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.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, dc-rebirth

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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
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
After writing some of the biggest Marvel titles for decades, Brian Michael Bendis has left the Marvel brand for its rival, DC, and stepped right into Superman – go big or go home, right? Unfortunately this first volume was a complete slog and a chore to get through. Bendis introduces three main plot lines to his story and then proceeds to drag them out as far as possible.

First, if you aren’t caught up on Clark’s personal life, he’s married to Lois with a son, Jon – but Lois and Jon are missing,
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 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.
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
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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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