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‘Superman #19’ (review)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ivan Reis
Published by DC Comics


I think Bendis has made a mistake.

He had Superman reveal his identity to the world and I think we are at the point where this is really going to stink. This issue shows some of the repercussions of that storytelling blunder. Trust me when I say that it isn’t pretty.

The reason for that is that Bendis has created a one trick pony.

This storyline is barely interesting now. What is it going to be like in 12 issues from this one?

The opening pages shows the globe of The Daily Planet destroyed.

What is going on? Why is The Planet destroyed?

We then go back in time because god forbid that anything Bendis writes be linear.

We have a scene inside of The Daily Planet.

Perry is complaining that the lawyers are worried that Clark Kent is now a liability. There is some discussion that happens that makes it seem we might go to an interesting place.


Perry accepts Clark being Superman and even invites him to have a full time job at The Planet! It is a warm and fuzzy moment that almost made me stop reading. It felt forced.

After this scene, I somehow struggled on.

Superman flies into the sky, happy as can be. Life is good. He goes to meet with his fellow superheroes. We then cut to outer space and Mongul shows up for some reason. Probably because Bendis just remembered he existed and instantly wanted to get him in there. Well, he did it.

Superman then shows up.  Mongul then proceed to beat the hell out of him. And that is honestly where we end up. The art is beautiful on this book. But the writing? Bendis doesn’t even stick to the rules he creates for this story. This is a mess that hopefully we can all forget one day.



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