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‘The Man of Steel #3’ (review)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by Ryan Sook and Jason Fabok
Published by DC Comics


Man, what a great job Bendis is doing on this title!

From the first page to the last, this book is just exciting. The book opens up with Rogol Zaar flying into the Earth’s atmosphere and landing.

The first place he goes to?

The Fortress of Solitude!

Bendis has spent the first two issues setting the mood and backstory. There were some action pieces but it all felt like it was leading to something. This issue follows suit but man, does it take some dark turns.

Superman heads to the scene of another fire. He sees Batman there. This is particularly exciting because we get to see how Bendis handles Batman!

Not surprisingly, though it’s short, he has a great take on Batman. Deputy Fire Chief Moore is there as well, but they both have minor roles in this.

And that’s when the alarm for the Fortress of Solitude goes off.

Superman races there, and I don’t want to spoil what happens. Suffice to say, it’s emotional and heartbreaking.

Supergirl shows up (and we get to see Bendis write Supergirl) and all I can tell you for the rest?

It’s a setup to a big fight with Rogol Zaar. He’s the best villain since Zod in the Superman II movie for my money, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

The art by Ryan Sook is fantastic. I love Sook in general and this is another great job by him. He handles everything perfectly, from the action and the drama to the look of the characters themselves. The only thing that I didn’t like was the two page spreads. They were well designed and drawn but they made the page count less.

Still, that’s just because I want more. It’s so well done that it goes too fast. But that is the sign of a creator at the top of their game.



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