Wednesday, July 4, 2018

THE MAN OF STEEL #6 by Brian Michael Bendis - Book Review

From the publisher: The fate of Lois Lane and Jon Kent is revealed! Metropolis’ survival hangs in the balance! And Superman must somehow put an end to Rogol Zaar’s rampage! It’s do-or-die time for the Man of Steel in the final chapter of this explosive miniseries!

The Man of Steel #6 wraps up the mini-series Brian Michael Bendis's first foray into writing an extended Superman story. Bendis reveals just what happened to Lois and Jon, and completes (sort of) the conflict with Rogol Zaar.

So, the big mystery of where Lois and Jon are, and if there was some fallout between Lois and Clark is addressed. The answer lies with Jon's future (apparently he is responsible for killing millions) and Superman's father, Jor-El. It was a little anti-climactic, but does promise to provide the opportunity for Bendis to tell some interesting stories. As far as Rogol Zaar, Superman and Supergirl wrap this particular battle up, but again, it's unsatisfying, as there isn't really any resolution. But, Bendis has laid the foundation for more stories here, as well. Finally, the mystery that started in issue one, with fires being set around Metropolis and Superman's interaction with Chief Moore, the new fire chief, isn't answered at all (well, one panel reveals the fire starter, but it's at the end of the book and there isn't any kind of closure).

Overall, I was rather disappointed with The Man of Steel. While it had a "complete" story, it really was more of a prologue to characters and events Bendis will be writing about in upcoming story arcs of the main Superman and Action Comics series. Other than a special event to introduce Bendis to DC readers and the Superman books, I don't know why this needed to be a mini-series; it seems to me that it could have functioned as just another arc in the regular books.

I'm sure there are fans of Superman who were happy with The Man of Steel, but I'm not sure I'll be reading any of the monthly books to find out what happens. I just didn't find myself hooked or invested in Bendis's story. I would recommend this to Superman fans, and Bendis fans might find it interesting, but it wasn't my favorite.

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

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