Monday, May 31, 2010

The Death of Superman Trilogy (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

If you wish to start collecting Superman, than this is where to start. This trilogy review covers volumes The Death of Superman, World without a Superman, and The Return of Superman. I absolutely loved this series, and will admit to being teary-eyed as Superman dies and pretty much the whole way through World without a Superman.

The Death of Superman. The story that drew national media attention when DC Comics killed their greatest hero is collected in this volume. When a hulking monster emerges from an underground resting place and begins a mindless rampage, the Justice League is quickly called in to stop the colossal force of nature. But it soon becomes apparent that only Superman can stand against the monstrosity that has been nicknamed Doomsday. Battling their way throughout America, the two fight to a standstill as they reach the heart of Metropolis. Going punch for punch, Superman finally ends the threat of Doomsday as he throws one last punch and collapses forever.

World without a Superman. In the ultimate battle, Superman sacrificed his own life in order to defeat the rampaging alien, Doomsday. But now that the planet is saved, the world must deal with the loss of their greatest hero. Superman's closest allies, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Green Lantern gather as they try to come to terms with the death of their friend. And as Clark Kent's fiancée, Lois Lane, tries to cope with the loss of the man she loved, she discovers that Project Cadmus has stolen Superman's body and it is now up to her and Lex Luthor's girlfriend, Supergirl to stop them from cloning the Man of Steel.

The Return of Superman. Taking place after the WORLD WITHOUT A SUPERMAN storyline, this book features the first appearance of four new heroes as well as Superman's return from the dead. Looking to fill the void after the Man of Steel's death, four new heroes appear, all bearing the trademark "S" insignia on their chest and claiming to be Superman. As a cyborg Superman, a teenage Superboy, an extremely violent Superman, and man in a suit of armor all appear on the scene, the world tries to figure out who is for real and who is a hoax. But in the end, it will take the return of the one and only Superman to stop one of these impostors from taking over the world.

Various Writers and Artists were part of this mega-event, including Dan Jurgens (who did both writing and artwork), Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, and Walt Simonson.

You can ignore anything that took place concerning Superman before this trilogy of volumes (except maybe the Christopher Reeves Films)....this was the defining moment for Superman in the DC Universe, and it changed his character a very good way! It also featured events that led to the destruction of Coast City and Green Lantern's insanity.

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