Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Man of Steel #1

   This issue kicks off writer Brian Michael Bendis' run on Superman's titles, using a weekly mini-series, The Man of Steel, to lead the way.

   Somewhat surprisingly, it doesn't really do much to change the statue quo for the world's most famous hero.

   Most of the issue is given over to more personal stories, as Superman tracks down some ne'er-do-well criminals, and fights a mysterious skyscraper fire.

   Bendis has a good touch in this story, giving us a Superman who "feels" like a real person, with a sense of humor and a dedication to duty.

   We check in with some classic characters and meet some new ones - including a powerful foe whose roots lie in the disaster that claimed the planet Krypton.

   Aided by the terrific art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Jay Fabok, it's a strong start for the new series.

   I'm reserving judgment on the new villain, who seems to have a bit of retcon business hanging over his (its?) shoulders, but by any standard, this issue is a strong entry and does exactly what it's supposed to do: breathe some new life into the Big Blue Boy Scout.

   Luckily, we only have to wait a week for the next chapter!

Grade: A



1 comment:

Mr. Brooks said...

THE MAN OF STEEL delivered. I enjoyed seeing Superman interacting with people. Loved his subtle sense of humor.

We're off to a good start.