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‘Superman #21’ (review)

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


The Bendis run on the Superman titles continues on here.

It is starting to become monotonous. This issue is yet another story dealing with Superman revealing his secret identity.

Sadly, there isn’t a lot to grab onto. Even worse, it doesn’t even get me mad at all anymore. It’s just boring.

The opening pages have Superman fighting Mongul. I feel like this fight had been happening forever. Superman yells that Mongul should, “accept defeat and go home!”

The two opponents then talk and leer at each other. That is when Bendis does the typical Bendis thing and has a flashback to fourteen minutes earlier.

And then we see Superman and Mongul fight over a series of pages.

And it is wonderfully illustrated by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. In all honesty, their artwork is the single reason to pick up this book.

When Bendis lets them cut loose, it truly is an exceptional sight.

We also get a Lois Lane scene that is supposed to be funny, but really undercuts the action of the book. Then, we cut back to the fight. Mongul gets away. But Superman may have caught up to him by the end of the book. Everything is paced so fast that it is hard to keep up.

By the end of the book, Lois looks to be in trouble with the FBI.

Bendis stretches everything out so much, the issue passed by quickly with very little story development.

Ah well. The fights are great again here, but once those are over, the reader is left with very little.



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