Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Man of Steel #3 by Brian Michael Bendis - Book Review
From the publisher: The merciless killer and zealot calling himself Rogol Zaar has searched the cosmos for Superman—and when he reaches the Fortress of Solitude, his actions will cut Superman to the core.
Brian Michael Bendis uses The Man of Steel #3 to ramp up the threat to Superman. As Superman continues to investigate the mysterious fires plaguing Metropolis with the help of a friend, he receives an alarm only someone with his senses could hear. The Fortress of Solitude has been attacked, and Kandor (the last remaining Kryptonian city) is in danger. Supergirl joins him, as Rogol Zaar makes his presence known on Earth.
This issue of The Man of Steel moves the main story forward, and Bendis ups the stakes for Superman. The threat to Kandor, and indirectly to Lois and Jon, makes things very real for him. While he hasn't yet been made aware of Rogol Zaar's past encounter with Krypton, I have to imagine Bendis has that planned for the near future.
As far as the secondary stories that have been moving through the previous issues, Bendis deals with one a bit, but doesn't really touch on the other. The rash of fires and Fire Chief Moore both show up, but there isn't a lot to be revealed here. As far as the relationship between Lois and Clark, and the whereabouts of Lois and Jon, there are a couple of panels with them, but I didn't understand the context. Unfortunately for me, because this is the most interesting story to me so far.
The Man of Steel #3 by Brian Michael Bendis is a decent read. I still keep waiting for that "aha" moment that really captures my attention, but at this point, halfway through the series, I'm thinking I'm going to have to look at The Man of Steel as a whole story, which hopefully is a better read altogether than it is chapter by chapter. This is still a series that needs to be read by Superman and Bendis fans.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.