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Superman: The Man of Steel VOL 04 Paperback – September 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Superman: The Man of Steel (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204556
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "extreme_dig_cm" on April 4, 2008
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I like this volume, but being mainly a Marvel & Byrne fan, the Legion of Super-Heroes content probably appeals more to the longtime fans than it does to me. Byrne has 4 issues of content here- which is less than in previous editions.

Highlights here for me...
*Superman 7- Superman vs. Rampage; an orange, She-Hulkish monstrosity. A decent, single-issue battle.
*Action 590- The Man of Steel vs. the Metal Men. I liked this; in his Modern Masters interview, Byrne mentions he might be interested in working with the Metal Men in the future. This is like a preview to that possibility(!).
*Superman 8- Nice cover. My favorite of the Legion issues; it seems Rob Liefeld maybe created Badrock based partly on Blok?
*Adv. of Superman 431- Who knew Erik Larsen would turn up in a Man of Steel volume? I didn't! I actually kind of like this, in spite of the fact that it's obviously very quickly done. Great Reagan! The inking, also quickly done, is credited to India Inc. (That's cute.) Terry Austin is listed in the front of this paperback amongst the inkers, yet his name isn't in any individual issue. Mystery solved?

As I said: I like this volume. But I like edition 5 in this series so much more. The amount of Byrne content has everything to do with it.

Included in this volume:
*Superman #7- John Byrne writes & pencils; Karl Kesel inks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Preston on January 9, 2007
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John Byrne does the best Superman ever!

In the mid-eighties, DC asked John Byrne, who had written a long run of The Fantastic Four, to revamp Superman, who was about fifty years old at the time. In what I would consider typical "Marvel style," Byrne added characterization and scientific explanation to the Superman mythos as he reinvented classic characters and retold their stories. His beautiful art work and excellent story-telling ability make these comics a JOY to read!

I would STRONGLY recommend that you purchase all FOUR volumes of John Byrne's Superman; each one picks up right where the last one left off. When I was finished reading them, I purchased the rest of Byrne's run on the Superman comics; they were that good.
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These Superman stories are a demonstration of how DC decided to revamp the Superman character after decades of being above it all to a persona that was much more modern. Lois Lane is no longer the admirer from afar, Clark Kent is no longer the incompetent man with the ladies and Superman actually shows some emotional vulnerability and weakness. These changes were largely successful, although some of the language has not matured.
The language is still often corny, Ma Kent uses the phrase "Land Sakes" and Superman says "Great Scott!!" when he is surprised. Other comic characters that appear are the Metal Men and some members of the Legion of Superheroes. Doc Magnus, the creator of the Metal Men is portrayed as being more emotionally unstable than in previous issues.
The longest story is one involving Superboy and Superman encountering each other through the machinations of the Time Trapper. He has manipulated multiple time lines to the point where Superboy must battle both the legionnaires and an alternate Superman. This Superman did not adopt the superhero persona until adulthood so he has no recollection of ever having been Superboy. The story is a complex weaving of storylines; it is at times confusing as the reader is initially unaware of the previous events.
Superman is a great comic book character, like Batman he improves with the exhibiting of human frailties. Siegel and Shuster used the vulnerabilities of Kryptonite and magic to make Superman vulnerable, but having the son of Krypton have a semblance of emotional frailties is much better.
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Lois Lane is invited by the scientist Professor Faulkner to see her newest creation. An accident occurs in the lab which results in a huge explosion. Superman investigates and witness a behemoth of a woman surfacing through the rubble. She lashes out and a battle begins between the two. The media name her Rampage, and she quickly lives up to her namesake. -summary

Written by John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, and Paul Levitz, Superman: The Man of Steel once again collects a host of issues from the Superman mythos; Superman 7- 8, Action Comics 590 - 591, Adventures of Superman 430 - 431, and Legion of Superheroes 37 - 38. Like the last volume, the book began kind of stale and everything felt way too by the numbers. The first story is your typical superhero outing; a threat appears and Superman does what he can to stop it, not even the outcome of the battle is very interesting and neither is the mindless character of Rampage. The second story seems to be lacking some type of creativity as well, as Superman tackles the lame Fearsome Five. Ironically, this story is only interesting concerning Superman's personal troubles and not the action at all. He finds himself having a hard time dealing with his double life due to Clark Kent being heavily neglected; he's missing arrangements with friends and family, plus screwing up stories for Perry. This bit of character analysis was much needed when looking at some of the weak storytelling in regards to the battles and uninteresting villains. The story featuring the Metal Men had me wanting to put this book down when I first came into it. The less said about that story the better.

For a little while this book just seemed to drag, and it can give off that feel as if you're better off reading something else.
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