Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Superman #3 Review

An Earth-Sized Hole In The Universe

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 12, 2018

The Earth is in the Phantom Zone...So what are we going to do?  Well hopefully, we find out the rules because in the previous issue, when Rogol Zaar wasn't too preoccupied with fighting the Nuclear Man from Superman IV, he seemed to run into a barrier between the Phantom Zone he occupied and the one the Earth does.  I don't know how that's possible or why our heroes besides Superman seem to be getting sick, but let's jump into this issue and see if the answers are waiting.  Let's check it out.

No....... No answers about any of those things I was talking about in the opening paragraph.  We do hear that Batman, Flash and Martian Manhunter seem to be poisoned because of the atmosphere that Earth had mixing with the lack of atmosphere of the Phantom Zone or some such nonsense, but it only seems to be really affecting those characters, while everyone else in the world seems fine. '

I don't get it and I don't get why it seems that Rogol Zaar can now go right after the Earth after he puts together an army to fight our Man of Steel, but even with these problems that I'm having and some clunky dialog here and there, there were some moments in this issue that made me at least hopeful that things could come together for Brian Michael Bendis' Superman series and one of those things is that he doesn't seem to be afraid to use guest stars, which I love.  Yeah, it doesn't add much to the story, but I like that all the powers of the world are getting together to try and figure out how the hell they can pull their asses out of the fire... Too bad that the explanation behind how the world got into the Phantom Zone doesn't really work all that well for me, but even with that we had some cool moments and some amazing art all the way through.

Bits and Pieces:

While there were some glimpses of a story that I could really get behind, I still don't understand how the things in this issue can be going on.  Problems are just thrown out there willy-nilly and I don't understand the issues explanations to them while waiting for explanations to other matters at hand.  What I'm getting at is, there are some fun moments to this story and some amazing art, it's just that not everything is coming together to make a cohesive whole.



  1. I'm glad I wasn't the only one confused about why Batman was praying to the porcelain gods but other people seemed just fine. (Although I was secretly hoping you'd be able to explain it to me) If I try not to think too hard about the issue, I actually like it. Well, better than some other stuff we are getting (Nightwing, I'm looking at you) I thought the part with Adam Strange was amusing. Ivan Reis gets a thumbs up from me.

    1. I did get a good chuckle out of the Adam Strange part.