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Superman: The Death of Clark Kent (Superman (DC Comics)) Paperback – May 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Series: Superman (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563893231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563893230
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, sure it ends, but SUPERMAN: THE DEATH OF CLARK KENT is one heck of a tedious read. In Superman's Silver Age adventures, it seemed that every character, hero or villain had some connection to Smallville. Crisis on Infinite Earths did away with this, but now we are presented with Kenny Braverman, former childhood friend of Clark Kent, now his bitter rival. Kenny knows that Clark and Superman are one and the same, and this makes all of Kenny's second-place finishes to Clark that much worse. Through an interesting course of events, Kenny has the ability to emit kryptonite radiation, so he becomes the supervillain Conduit, somehow amassing an army of armored assassins, robot doubles, and spies to destroy the lives of Superman and those he loves. What ensues is a 300-page mindless string of battles, with deceptive outcomes and flimsy twists shoving the story to a conclusion about which I was hard-pressed to care. What's more, throughout the story, Clark doesn't seem to care all that much, either. If Superman's life and loved ones are at risk, then by thunder, have him show a little emotion! As far as Clark knows, Lois has been killed in a collapsing building, but he sure doesn't seem too concerned. He'd rather dance around with numerous robotic doubles of Conduit than actually do something to safeguard the people that mean the most to him... but then I guess no one would be at risk and DC wouldn't have been able to get enough mileage out of this story (again, it's THREE HUNDRED PAGES!!!). The bottom line on the story is that it's lazy, uninspired, turgid writing from Dan Jurgens, Louise Simonson, Karl Kesel, Roger Stern, and David Michelinie. Sturdy art is provided by the standard crew of mid-`90s Superman artists Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, Stuart Immonen, and Jackson Guice, plus the legendary Gil Kane. So just based on the writing, THE DEATH OF CLARK KENT is the only Superman trade from this period that I can't recommend.
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Format: Paperback
The Death of Clark Kent seems like a natural follow-up (even if it isn't a particularly great story). After all, Dan Jurgens, architect of the previous event crossover, was still writing Superman comics in 1995 when this was originally published. The plot follows the supervillain Conduit (who had gone to high school with Clark Kent) uncovering Superman's true identity and targeting his entire supporting cast, even down to Bibbo and Maggie Sawyer. This prompts Superman to temporarily abandon his alter ego and go on the run. There's a potentially intriguing subplot that sees Superman adopting a new secret ID, but this is abandoned before anything interesting is done with the concept.

The action scenes here are well-paced and well-drawn by artists including Stuart Immonen (whose work I'm a big fan of, although his rendering of the mid-90s mullet Superman leaves something to be desired). There are two central problems with The Death of Clark Kent: 1) Conduit isn't the greatest villain, with a motivation that's flimsier than Wonder Woman's costume and 2) the exploration of Clark Kent as a character isn't exactly deep. There's a quick explanation as to why Superman needs the Kent persona, but I was expecting more from the title.
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This is a great story because in this book, there is a new twist. Clark Kent's old rivle in school- Kenny Braverman a.k.a. Conduit, finds out Kent and Earth's Greatest hero- the big S are really the same people. This book is a spelbounding comic book collection that fetures Mettalo, Captain Marvel, and Martha and Johnathon Kent. A must-buy for anyone.
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This book is absolutely horrible. I bought it on SALE in a local comic shop and thank God it was discounted! I went home and read it and haven't reread it since. I wouldn't re-open this graphic novel if I was super-bored! This is absolutely the worst Superman trade paperback (well, The Marriage of Superman is also Horrendous) so ONLY buy this if it is discounted. I am not a fan of Dan Jurgen's Superman. He killed Superman, remember? And brought him back. He married Superman. And he killed Clark Kent? Geez, if he's trying to make his mark on Superman, I'd suggest he come up with something creative. Now, he's not the prime writer in this trade paperback, but you can see the indecision around here. There is no unity or solid storytelling with this whole group of writers. Superman never looked so confusing and lost and the writers go off and kill his identity?? This is a major no buy. Buy it if you are a die-hard Superman fan. Buy it if you are missing these issues and cannot find them in the .50 cent bin. Buy this if you are a collector of graphic novels. Buy this if you are curious. But if you are looking for a great read, I'd suggest you look elsewhere (ie, anything NON-Dan Jurgens)
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After killing Superman and before marrying him, what else could Dan Jurgens do? Kill Supes' human alter ego that's what! The Death of Clark Kent finds the Man of Steel under siege by Conduit; a super villain who emits Kryptonite radiation. Back in the day, Clark and Conduit, AKA Kenny Braverman, were friends, but poor old Kenny got tired of always being second fiddle to Clark, so he devises a plot (if that's what you want to call it) to ruin Clark's life. Whether that means killing his beloved Lois, his parents in Smallville, or anyone else associated with him. And even though Clark gets notes and messages saying "I Know", he doesn't seem too concerned with any of this; even when Lois goes missing and is presumed dead. Yeah, as you can tell by now by reading that synopsis, Death of Clark Kent is far from the best Superman title you'll read. Like he did with the Death of Superman trilogy trades, Jurgens has a cadre of writers and artists here like veteran Roger Stern and Karl Kesel; which explains the inconsistent tone present throughout the story and art. Not to mention that the overall tone of the story doesn't grip you whatsoever. We know that no matter what, Superman will come out on top and everything will be okay. The one good thing to say about Jurgens' Death of Superman books was that at least they are gripping. This TPB on the other hand, is about as far from gripping as it could get. For completests only; there are far more better Superman collections out there that are more worth your time and cash.
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