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Superman: End of the Century Library Binding – June, 1999


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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: San Val (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417770104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417770106
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Stuart Immonen is a long-time writer and artist on many of the core Superman titles, including Action Comics and Adventures of Superman, as well as DC's Inferno. Jose Marzan Jr. has also contributed heavily to both Action Comics and Adventures of Superman. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Deubler on March 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Two centuries ago the immortal Contessa del Portenza bore a son Luca, who inherited her gift of immortality. Luca grows up with such a contempt for the human race and a predisposition for violence that the Contessa eventually has him sealed off from the rest of the world. These events are vaguely hinted at in a series of flashbacks which are illustrated on hand-painted, monochromatic pages that have an "antiqued" look to them. In present-day Metropolis, the Contessa (who is presumed dead) wants to take custody of the daughter she had with master criminal Lex Luthor. Luthor believes his daughter may hold the key to immortality, and has no intention of letting her out of his clutches, so the Contessa begins setting fire to his properties, hoping to force him to relinquish their daughter. Meanwhile, Luthor's men are dredging up a sealed trunk that contains a mysterious link to the Contessa's past. There's a big showdown at Luthor's "End of the Century" gala celebration, and Superman manages to save the day (yawn).

I found this to be a far-from-impressive outing. For one thing I don't like titles that don't deliver what they promise, and Superman is hardly a major player in this story - it's more about Luthor and the Contessa and their offspring - and the whole End of the Century thing seems very contrived as well; these events could have taken place at any point in history and it wouldn't have mattered. Many plot points are never really cleared up (anything that doesn't make sense is magic, I guess) leaving the whole of the story rambling, confusing, and not terribly interesting. Even the big denouement is over before we realize what's going on. At least the characters were well-portrayed. But the only thing really special about this book is the few pages of monochromatic, hand-painted art, and they just made the rest of the artwork seem lackluster by comparison. Two and a half stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Riley Lyle on November 19, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This Specific Story is what got me back into reading Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Collecting again. I have always been a Big Superman Fan, but had stopped reading the Comics over 30 years ago...Then I saw this one in my local library and borrowed it, I AM HOOKED AGAIN!!!! I Love these Books and this one is one of my favorites. Superman, Lois and Lex have come a long way since the early Seventies and this was a particularly Good Story. I highly recommend this tale and hope they do more in the Future in regard to Lena Luthor and her Mother the Contessa. In the meanwhile...you really need to read this Story. Read it several times like I have. I am 50 and going thru my Comic Book phase again and don't see it stopping anytime soon!!!
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By MISTER SJEM on July 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The story opens with Lex Luthor having a newborn child that his ex-wife wants to take away from him. From there we deal with the backstories which are the most interesting panels of this graphic novel. In many ways it is advertised as a Superman story but the main character is really Luthor and the enmity formed between himself and his ex spouse.

The artwork was also impressive enough. I liked how the backstory was in practical black and white panels even though it was more of a very light shade of tan.

Story, pencilling and painted art by Stuart Immonen. Other contributing artists were Jose Marzan, Jr, Bill Oakley an dLee Lougbridge.

ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B; HISTORICAL BACK STORY: B to B plus; WHEN READ: end of July 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dodood@hotmail.com on January 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
low action with a lot of drama I have to say , a lot was given to this comic book both in art & in plot , as the truth of the Erica inhumanity revealed as her son Luce awaken from his 100 years sleep to seek the death of all humans and why he became this way .
All interesting of curse , but why did they cal it superman story I have no Idea , after all superman only appeared in fifth of this comic book while most of the addition was toward luther & his wife the Contessa del Portaza , so they might as will have called it Luther & Erica: the end of the century , & for them 3 stars is all the book deserve.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ville laaksonen on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was a great reading experience, the story was very nice, and so was artwork!
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