This graphic novel is another retelling / re-imaging of Superman’s origin story. From the collapse of Krypton, to the Kent farm in Kansas, from the military, to the depths of the ocean, and becoming a superhero in Metropolis.
In The Phantom Zone, Superman meets General Zod and Rogol Zaar who wants to kill every Kryptonian he meets since they destroyed his planet.
A a more naïve, less powerful version of Superman joined with a less moralistic more sarcastic version of Batman is a winning formula.
Superman died defending Earth, but watching closely was Superman from another timeline. This Superman / Clark Kent has married Lois Lane and a father to young Jon Kent (Superboy).
About: Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition is an anthology of Superman, the world’s greatest hero by various authors and artists. This is more of a celebration of the character than a cohesive story. 384 pages Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition Language: English ISBN-10: 9781401278878 My rating for Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition — 4 Buy Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe from Amazon.com* Thoughts: I was excited to get Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition, not only because of the celebration of the Superman character I’ve enjoyed since childhood, but also because of the amount of talent involved. There were many talented writers and artists involved in this edition Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Brad Meltzer, Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, John Cassaday, Olivier Coipel, Marv Wolfman, Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Paul Dini, Clay Mann, José Luis García-López, Rafael Albuquerque and the legendary Curt Swan. It is difficult to rate this book for the same reason it’s difficult to rate a book of short stories – the quality varies (sometimes greatly). Some of the stories were exciting, tales which capture the essence of Superman with little of no words. The story by Tom King (one of the best writers in comics today,…
About: Batman, Vol 5: Rules of Engagement by Tom King (illustrated by Joëlle Jones) continues the Batman Rebirth story-line. This graphic novel collects Batman #33-37 as well as Batman Annual #2. 160 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401277314 My rating for Batman Vol 5: Rules of Engagement – 5 Buy Batman Vol 5: Rules of Engagement from Amazon.com* More Books by Tom King Thoughts: Batman, Vol 5: Rules of Engagement by Tom King (illustrated by Joëlle Jones) is another solid entry in the Rebirth series. I must admit that this run is absolutely incredible, all five issues so far hit it out of the park. In this volume Mr. King continues to explore Batman and Catwoman’s complex relationship through words and deeds (read: action). This is a very humane book, even though the hero and sometimes heroine spend a fair amount of time beating on the baddies. I loved the spin this volume put on the banal things one has to do when remarrying (meet the ex, talk to the kids, tell friends, etc.), only that Bruce Wayne doesn’t do anything “simple” and Selina Kyle is anything but “banal”. These tasks take on a new meaning in this book, brilliantly told while exploring the relationships of…
The story in this graphic novel takes on too much, some stories are simply loosely tied together and are overly complex for what it is. I enjoyed the relationship between Jon and Damian but I think a less bombastic mission/adventure would have played better.
Superman – the granddaddy of all superheroes, the one who started it all, the icon who is held to higher standard in fiction and has set the standards for many of us in the non-fiction world. It’s no wonder why the franchise is almost 80 years strong and growing stronger.