Monday, May 31, 2010

"O.K." Superman..... (Review)

Citizen's Grade: O.K.

Let me start off by saying that the following Superman Graphic Novels are not bad! They are just not as "Impressive" as the others, so I've grouped them all together here....some of the artwork is stellar, the best being Talent Caldwell's in Superman: Godfall (it looks so much like Michael Turner's artwork, it's hard to tell the difference!). The best writing would be Brian Azzarello's in Superman: For Tomorrow.

(listed in Chronological order...)

1. Godfall. The Man of Steel finds himself on Krypton — but can he escape and return to Earth? Highly acclaimed story written by Michael Turner & Joe Kelly, with art by Talent Caldwell.

2. The Wrath of Gog & In the Name of Gog. Gog has traveled from the future determined to keep his promise of killing Superman. Written by Chuck Austen, with art by Ivan Reis.

3. Ruin Trilogy (Unconventional Warfare, That Healing Touch, Ruin Revealed). A new enemy is hunting Superman, who seems to know all his weaknesses and secrets. Ruin has ties to everything in Superman's life....but who is he really? Written by Greg Rucka & Geoff Johns, with art by Rags Morales & various others.

4. Superman/Shazam: First Thunder. A story of Superman's & Captain Marvel's first adventure together. Written by Judd Winick, with art by Joshua Middleton.

5. For Tomorrow. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected—not even Superman. But after a year, Superman is left with many questions. Just how far is Superman willing to go FOR TOMORROW? Highly acclaimed story written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Jim Lee.

6. The Journey. After his first contact with an OMAC, Superman must contend with the arrivals of Bizarro and Zoom, before dealing once and for all with a souped-up Blackrock! Written by Mark Verheiden, with art by Ed Benes.

7. Up, Up and Away. It is One Year Later...and no one has seen or heard from the Man of Steel. In this collection following the events of Infinite Crisis and 52, Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the Man of Steel has remained as strong as ever — especially now that Lex Luthor has returned to Metropolis, with his thirst for power fully intact! Written by Geoff Johns & Kurt Busiek, with art by Pete Woods & Renato Guedes.

8. Camelot Falls. The Man of Steel defends Metropolis from harm, but now he faces a dilemma: Are his heroics only making things worse? It all leads to a brawl between Superman and Arion of Atlantis miles beneath the Atlantic! But can Superman's Kryptonian might stand up to the magic of a sorcerer? And what will the outcome of the battle mean for the fate of the world? Written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino.

9. Redemption. The Man of Steel travels to hell and back in this collection of stories that touches on the supernatural side of Superman. Written by Kurt Busiek & Fabian Nicieza, with art by Carlos Pacheco.

10. Shadows Linger. The new Insect Queen makes her debut, and that spells trouble for The Man of Steel! And what is the Insect Queen's connection to Lana Lang? Written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Peter Vale, Jesus Merino, Renato Guedes and others.

11. The Third Kryptonian. Who or The Third Kryptonian? This is the beginning of an extended story building up to Superman: Last Son. Written by Kurt Busiek and Dwayne McDuffie, art by Rick Leonardi, Renato Guedes and others.

These are all volumes of Superman that are not essential reading, purchase and enjoy them if you are a die-hard Superman fan.

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