Wednesday, June 6, 2018

THE MAN OF STEEL #2 by Brian Michael Bendis - Book Review

From the publisher: With an arsonist loose in Metropolis, Superman’s powers are almost useless in finding the culprit. And back at the Daily Planet, everyone wants to know what’s going on with Lois Lane. How can Clark hold on to the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon much longer?

Brian Michael Bendis continues his first Superman arc with The Man of Steel #2. There are several things going on in this issue. There is another suspicious fire. Everyone wants to know just what exactly happened between Clark and Lois (me too; are they having marital strife I missed somewhere?). Rogol Zaar is shown in the present day, for the first time. And the Guardians and others once again mention a decision they made regarding Krypton.

This issue was okay. Bendis is still laying groundwork and teasing out mysteries. It wasn't a great story, but it was also only one part of a larger whole. As such, it's tough for me to evaluate it. I'm curious about what is going on in the lives of Clark, Lois, and Jon, but I don't really care (at this point) about the fires in Metropolis. I'm not really sure why I should care, though. I'm also not that interested or invested in the actions of Rogol Zaar. As of right now, it seems like this is just another version of who or what destroyed Krypton. For me, the hope lies in Bendis's track record. He has written so many excellent stories, that I'm trusting in his storytelling skills. Other than that, there currently isn't a lot making me want to continue with The Man of Steel.

I would recommend The Man of Steel #2 only on the basis of Brian Michael Bendis's past writing. As far as hooking the reader, I'm not there yet.

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

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