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Superman: The Trial of Superman Paperback – November 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563893312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563893315
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Superman is taken into space to be tried for an ancestor's creation of the Eradicator. Hijinks ensue. (just kidding). Some of his allies come to his rescue. An excellent story, giving an outer-space story to expand his universe.
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This is everything a Superman epic should be...almost.
Superman's battle with a new and improved Parasite is rather rudely interrupted by agents of an intergalactic tribunal headed by a Kenneth Starr type who thinks Superman must own up to the destruction of Krypton. Supes goes on the lam while Eradicator and Team Superman search for him. The Cyborg seems eager to collect the bounty placed on Superman, but his real plans are far more ominous.
Although many don't share MHO, I like the Cyborg. Brainiac and Luthor are better, but he's got alot of angst, he striking back at a world that no longer considers him normal.
I also liked that Supes wasn't framed for a crime he didn't commit. Though unjustifiably targeted for a witch hunt, he does have a dark page in his family history that he has to own up to.
My only complaints are omissions in the TPB. The origin of the smarter Parasite, and Luthor's explanation of how he got the healthy body at the end of The Death of Clark Kent TPB are conspicously misson from the collection, though they clearly needed to be there. It's bound to slightly frustrate readers when they look at the cover gallery and see Luthor on the cover of part 8, but find that all his scenes were cut from the TPB. Also, I believe they made a mistake by having this story at the same time as another crossover was occuring through the DCU titles. They should've planned things a little bit better in that regard. All in all though, I think they should do another big "Space Epic" crossover, so this and Exile could be part of a trilogy.
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Just as a TV viewer could always count on the characters of a TGIF sitcom eventually vacationing at Disney World, a comics reader can always count on a superhero going to jail, being put on trial, or traveling through space. The Trial of Superman involves all three. Superman is abducted by an alien "tribunal" and charged with crimes committed by his distant ancestor. He eventually escapes and finds himself on the run in the galactic underworld, while his allies in the Superman family (i.e Supergirl, Superboy, Steel, the Eradicator) undertake a rescue mission. It's an interesting idea for a story; it just doesn't deliver on that intitial promise.

The Trial of Superman was written at a time when there were 4 regular Superman titles that all told interconnected sequential stories. (Remember the white triangles on the covers that let readers know where the issue fell in sequence?) As such, a massive team of writers and artists, all Superman and comics veterans, never are allowed to develop any sort of individual voice or storyline. The different artists complement each others' styles well, although there are some inconsistencies in their renderings of the main character. Superman is never allowed to have any sort of moral dilemmas or character arc, even though he's now a fugitive and dealing with intergalactic criminals. Superman's adventures in space just aren't that interesting. The enemies he battles and obstacles he overcomes seem as if they come from a sci-fi cliche handbook. The main villains, the Tribunal, are given little backstory or development, and the outcome of the "trial" is too rushed and convenient. Also, as other reviews have noted, some of the covers in the cover gallery (this collection is from the late 90s) are from issues that are not actually collected here (two Underworld Unleashed crossover issues).
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I thought that the book was well written but the art by some of the many illustrators was weak. I really liked Tom Grummet's, and Stuart Immonen's work though.
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