- Series: Superman (DC Comics)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563899744
- ISBN-13: 978-1563899744
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superman: President Lex (Superman (DC Comics)) Paperback – July 1, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
In the world of Superman comics, the most recent presidential election was decided quickly and cleanly, and the man in the Oval Office is Superman's arch-enemy, Lex Luthor. This work collects the 2000 and 2001 episodes of various Superman-related series explaining how and why it happened. As readers might expect from a story with six writers and 32 artists credited, it's something of a mess. Cobbling together the relevant bits from an ongoing serial results in a lot of loose ends, plot elements that seem to emerge from nowhere, fight scenes that have little to do with the story and a deeply inconclusive ending. The volume also appears to have been assembled out of sequence, announcing the election's outcome too early. Still, parts of the book are plenty of fun: Loeb's chapters throw the focus on the staff of the Daily Planet as they try to figure out how to cover the election fairly and deal with Luthor's relentless spin on his villainous past. Occasional Batman writer Greg Rucka involves Batman and his supporting cast in the political machinations. And beneath the gaudy surface, there's some sly political satire going on: no matter what happened in our world's election, the writers suggest, at least we didn't get stuck with a murderous, scheming multimillionaire who'd sell out the helpless for his own glory, did we?
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The book is a pieced together tale based on a few-pages-here-and-there from a series of issues leading up to Lex Lithod's inauguration.
It's not about about Luthor's presidency, rather his campaign. Go in expecting this and it's a concept with great potential that starts strong.
It fails to reach its potential, however, focusing sometimes too much on superheroics: some issues of the serials are reprinted in full only to give a few pages of the Luthor story. I didn't need an adventure featuring Supergirl and Jimmy Olsen only to get 2 pages of the Daily Planet's possible headlines for the following day; the previous could have been left out to make it a stronger story.
On the upside, it showcases Superman's faith in the American people to do the right thing, it's teeming with Luthor's scheming pride, we get Lois Lane the reporter feeling she's powerless to stop Luthor, we have the Daily Planet staff all aware that Luthor is detestable and likely to win the race. This is spectacular, but somewhat too brief.
This book was good, it was clever, and it was thoughtful in its own right, but it missed its mark in editing. Definitely recommend reading, not sure I'd say it's a need-to-own story.
This book charts his campaigns, his ascendency, an assassination attempt on his life to boost ratings and finally Lex Luthor's swearing in as the 43rd President of the United States. Superman and JLA, with all their diverse powers, was unable to stop the "democratic process" and Luthor ends up as the Prez. In between, you have stories of an Atlantean attack led by Aquaman and Tempest, and also a visit by Bizarro #1.
The writing is mainly by Jeph Loeb, Mark Schultz and Greg Rucka. Pretty solid monthly work by the team. The book lists dozens of artists. Ed McGuiness stands out as the best of the bunch. Tony Harris, of Starman fame, turns in an issue featuring Luthor's rise to power - with eerily life-like art. The Christmas issue with many guest artists (Art Adams, Humberto Ramos, Joe Madureira, Ian Churchill, Rob Liefeld, Mike Wieringo, etc.) is also a highlight.
Superman's arch-nemesis is now his Commander-In-Chief!
Unbelievable? Believe it.
This TPB collects different Superman issues from 2000 to 2001, which chronicles how Lex Luthor, the Man of Steel's most implacable foe, decides to run for President of the United States.
Intriguing? Very! But does it deliver? Well, yes and no. The strong part of this TPB is the artwork. I know some would definitely argue that some of the illustrations in this collection are mediocre at best (since it varies from one chapter to another), but some of the book's shining moments include Ed McGuinness' and Tony Harris' take on our intrepid hero. Yes, McGuinness' work is a bit cartoony and all, but when you look on the bright side, he does give Superman an entirely crisp and vibrant new look. Tony Harris' pencils are dark and moody; I think he's more suited for Batman and Daredevil, but his Lex Luthor sure looks diabolical enough for me, so kudos to him as well.
For the resounding "no," well, the story lacks a certain build-up, since it definitely has no clear climax (with none of the characters showing any intent on achieving one). Story coherence and direction went zilch after the Aquaman chapter, leaving behind a few fisticuffs and some very boring action scenes. Although the "Batman-talking-to-Luthor" chapter was one of the clear-cut highpoints of this TPB, it still fell short of granting the book an overall bearing.
Anyway, kudos to Jeph Loeb and Greg Rucka since they breathe into Superman/Luthor the human element readers can easily relate to (especially the Christmas episode and WHY Luthor decides to run for president). I guess for most parts, the story just wanders off here and there with so much references to Superman back issues [which you HAVE TO READ in order to comprehend the full impact of this particular storyline on the DC Universe].
Still, if you're a die-hard Superman fan, this book is worth taking a look at. But, if you're just a casual Man of Steel reader, I greatly recommend reading something else. =)