Wednesday, May 30, 2018

THE MAN OF STEEL #1 by Brian Michael Bendis - Book Review

From the publisher: A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that’s determined to burn down Metropolis!

The Man of Steel #1 is Brian Michael Bendis's first full length foray into writing Superman for DC, and it's an interesting start. There are two separate storylines going on here, in two separate times. In the one that takes place in the past, we meet an alien named Rogol Zaar, who makes an appeal to various bigwigs in the galaxy (for example, the Guardians of Oa). His appeal? That Kyrpton will lead to the destruction of many other planets/civilizations so they should be eradicated. The other, in the present, follows Superman as he begins an investigation into some suspicious fires, which appear to be caused by arson. He also meets a nice looking new fire chief named Melody Moore.

I think it is safe to assume that these two storylines will eventually merge, but how and why remains to be seen. Bendis has taken what has come before and looks to be moving things in a new direction. For instance, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are still married with a super-son, Jonathan. Clark and Lois still work for the Daily Planet, with Perry White running things. However, there seems to be a hint of things being unsettled, with Superman having an interesting reaction to meeting Chief Moore that I find a little off-putting.

I haven't followed the Superman comics too closely in recent years, but I've been a fan of most of Bendis's work at Marvel. I'm curious to see where he is going to take these very popular and familiar characters, because things are never dull and the status quo rarely stays the same when Bendis is involved.

I would recommend The Man of Steel #1 by Brian Michael Bendis to his fans and to Superman fans. Due to this being a weekly series, it should quickly be evident to readers just how Bendis is going to approach Superman. Based on his track record, I'm going to give this series a shot.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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