Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Superman #6 Review

Saved and Stalled

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

In our previous issue we saw our Man of Steel trapped in the Phantom Zone with some of the worst criminals in the Universe.  The good news is, the Earth was saved, the bad news......... Rogol Zaar is still hell bent on killing Superman....... Yeah, I don't know how that works in the Phantom Zone, but that's what we're going with.  Thankfully though, General Zod heard that Earth was in peril and after having a drug fueled dream about what a New Krypton could be like, he flew to Earth, got himself trapped in the Phantom Zone and started wrecking house on Rogol Zaar.  Let's see if General Zod and Superman can take this monster down now that they seem to be working together.  Let's check it out.

So after last issue's big Zod reveal, I couldn't wait to dive into this to see what every one's favorite Kryptonian General was going to do with the knowledge that our big bad Rogal Zaar was not only responsible for the destruction of Krypton, but the destruction of one of its last remaining remnants, the bottle city of Kandor.  Well, this issue at first feels like we're going to get all of that and more, but it slowly starts disappointing when you realize this issue is mostly about what Superman's thoughts on teaming up with Zod are.......... Yeah...... that's a big chunk of this issue.

Really, there's two reasons to be picking this issue up besides for just collecting the on-going adventures of Superman and that's to see what I was just talking about and the second is to see what's up with Jon Kent since you see him looking all menacing on the cover of this issue.  Sadly, you won't really get either here because like normal DC Comics practice anymore, they can't let a good cliffhanger be a good cliffhanger so they have to spoil it on the cover.......... Jon's only the cliffhanger here.  I know that may seem like a spoiler, but really I just wanted to throw it out there as a WARNING because Jon Kent is no reason to pick this issue up.

All in all, there isn't much going on in this issue besides for big splash pages of a battle that should be bad ass, but because of the way they're presented comes off as more of an art project than anything and Superman talking about his feelings....... which sadly makes for a dull issue. The art is fine once we get past the initial battle, which does look good, but makes everything feel kind of less, but the story decides that we've had too much action lately and becomes pretty dull just so we can get to our big cliffhanger ending.

Bits and Pieces:

While I was really looking forward to this issue, the content really let me down because it refused to continue any of the progression that we were building up to just so we can have a moment of reflection about what Superman's feelings are.  The cliffhanger is interesting, but that's about all we get here besides for some decent art, which too disappoints for the initial battle scenes.



  1. I'm still worried that Bendis will ruin Jon. It's inching closer like doomsday. After what happened to our Wally and Roy more of our favorite heroes will die or turn evil. Almost as if DC was the acronym for desperation and corruption. Rebirth our silver DC.

    1. I'm hoping that isn't the case...but I am worried too!