Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Superman #2 Review

Krypton's Trash Can

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 8, 2018

It's time to jump back into the new Brian Michael Bendis world of Superman and while I wasn't completely sold on this series from the first issue, I'll tell ya that I'm way more interested in this than Action Comics at the moment.  That being said, we have all the action going on in this book anyway and now it's time to see how much action we can possibly get now that the Earth has been transported into the Phantom Zone.  I say that because it seems that each writer has their own idea of what the Phantom Zone means because where sometimes you get an intangible world, where no one can hurt or effect anyone, other times you get a brutal free for all of criminals.  Let's jump into this issue and find out what BMB likes his flavor of Phantom Zone.

Alright, it's the physical variety that he likes and while I say that, I'm not completely sure that's true either because while we never figure out how the Earth wound up in the Phantom Zone here, it seems to be a separate Phantom Zone than the one Rogol Zaar is a part of............ maybe.

While I would love to tell you that this was a rip roaring adventure, where Superman comes to the rescue and saves the people of Earth, we see small panels where he goes around and just fixes problems of a world that has been plucked out of its place in the Universe, while our Man of Steel just has an extended narration of what it means to hear and see people with super vision and sight.  It's pretty goddamn boring is what it is and I have no real idea of what's going on in this issue.

I'd say that I at least enjoyed the art in this issue, but like I said before, I have no idea what's going on with the Phantom Zone and Rogol Zaar and that seems to be an art issue in my mind and by the end of this issue it seems that our creators here have no idea what Barry Allen looks like........ So yeah, there's a lot of problems with this and it seems that the main focus may have been to add a Superman IV: The Quest for Peace villain instead of telling a cohesive story.  I was really hoping that I would at least like this title because I don't think Action Comics is going to be doing all that much going forward, but as of right now it seems that all Superman titles are off the table for my enjoyment for the foreseeable future............ and I really hope that changes.

Bits and Pieces:

Over narration, bad dialog, indecipherable art at times and a red haired Barry Allen make up only some of the problems with this book that seemed more focused on referencing Superman IV instead of telling a decent story.  I hope things change quickly because as of right now I'm not enjoying any of the Superman titles that are being given to us.



  1. Starting to think that Bendis has never read any DC comics judging by how he is writing their characters and to give him their golden boy is looking like a mistake.

  2. Lois and Jon better join Action/Superman soon...this issue was tedious

  3. Thinking the Quest For Peace: Nuclear Man, says that Bendis read a couple of trades and then watched a couple of movies. His writing has been lazy and ignorant thus far, but DC is paying him well to be just that on the flagship character, so their a little lazy and ignorant.

    1. he doesn't seem to know the character, that's for sure