The Return of Superman collects Reign of the Superman and concludes the epic story begun in The Death of Superman and continued in World Without a Superman


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  1. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    The Reign of the Supermen is upon us I got this on its single comic book issues, but I use this edition to be able to make a better overall review. THE BEST SUPERMAN S STORYLINE WITHOUT SUPERMAN While Superman s return as the title of the TPB can t spoil it happensor less to the end of the storyline, in the bigger part of it, you won t have Superman on it, since he is technically dead , so the four mysterious Supermen appears and they are the main characters of this story th The Reign of the Supermen is upon us I got this on its single comic book issues, but I use this edition to be able to make a better overall review. THE BEST SUPERMAN S STORYLINE WITHOUT SUPERMAN While Superman s return as the title of the TPB can t spoil it happensor less to the end of the storyline, in the bigger part of it, you won t have Superman on it, since he is technically dead , so the four mysterious Supermen appears and they are the main characters of this story that lasted for like a year or so, and I can tell you that a year without Superman, on four different Superman related titles is a lot and evencurious is that it can be easily one of the best storylines of Superman ever crafted It was quite a feat, being able for DC Comics to keep selling, for like a year, Superman comic books WITHOUT Superman on them A WORLD WITH FOUR SUPERMEN If the world was safe with just one Superman, now with four of him has to be even safer, right The cool thing is this storyline is that you don t know All the four of them suddenly appear on the skies of Metropolis reclaiming the mantle of Superman and pledging to protect the city as the original one did until his deadly battle against the monsters known as Doomsday.Each Superman has their own style to fight for truth, justice and freedom.The one known as The Man of Tomorrow, with a look almost identical to Superman, only enhanced with cybernetic parts, and even having a DNA checked, he is taken care of the body of Doomsday, explaining his desire to keep safe the city.The one known as The Man of Steel, ard with a metal suit with rocket boots, and a really big hammer, is the closer to the classic style of doing the never ending battle and keeping safe the city.The one known as The Last Son of Krypton, even keeping a closer physical resemblance to Superman, only with a visor protecting his eyes and a variation of his traditional suit, he is keeping safe the streets of the city using extreme measures to deal with criminals.And finaly, the one known as The Metropolis Kid Don t call him Superboy, he looks like a regenerated version of Superman but on his teenage years, he is adjusting to this role of being the protector of the city but he faces arguments with Supergirl Matrix A GAME OF SUPERMEN Metropolis maybe is one of the biggest cities in the world, but that seems not enough to four beings with powers in the levels of Superman.The weight on the shoulders of the Earth s Greatest Hero has been so far a job for just one man, and now it seems that there was some logic about that, since now four Superman isn t a better scenario but a too crowded room.The impact of the private agendas of these four Supermen will be not limited to Metropolis, and neither will be restricted only to the usual suspects in the pages of the Superman comic book titles, and certainly the DC Universe NEVER will be the same, after this, and its consequences will still be felt for many years


  2. Donovan Donovan says:

    There are many impersonators but there s only one real Superman, as I found in reading Dan Jurgens absolutely gigantic and amazing Return of Superman And this thing is HUGE, bigger than Watchmen and any other stand alone non omnibus graphic novel I ve ever read But it was totally worth it.Critics complain of the writing So let s contextualize It s 1993 I m 6 years old Double Dare is fucking awesome Other things that are awesome grunge, roller blades, fanny packs, and U.S President Bill There are many impersonators but there s only one real Superman, as I found in reading Dan Jurgens absolutely gigantic and amazing Return of Superman And this thing is HUGE, bigger than Watchmen and any other stand alone non omnibus graphic novel I ve ever read But it was totally worth it.Critics complain of the writing So let s contextualize It s 1993 I m 6 years old Double Dare is fucking awesome Other things that are awesome grunge, roller blades, fanny packs, and U.S President Bill Clinton who is in this book actually I loved the 90s I was happy, everything was neon and cheesy, and I could eat all the gluten I wanted But the 90s aren t known as a great era for comics and I m not sure why They were just coming off of the 80s high with gritty realism thanks to writers like Frank Miller and Alan Moore And writers started going in a different direction for a change I imagine some readers don t like 90s comics because they are laden with 90s dialog or cheese I am not among them But funny enough, the 90s moments like the guns being called toastmasters or the fat kid Graham trying to kill Man of Steel with his fatness reminded me of the 80s moments in Miller s The Dark Knight Returns, like the mutants and balls rad and god damn milk baby And that s in a comic known for its gritty realism Weird and now heavily dated writing, those moments cannot be undone and yet serve to contextualize the entire book, and for the better in my opinion You can take them or leave them, but you can t hold it against the comics for the era in which they were written They re like time capsules And here we step into an actual 90s comic book store But don t get distracted by all the Pogs and Pokemon cards So how is that not the greatest thing ever Deep But Unnecessary Thoughts Why does Lex Luthor look and act like a douchey version of The Beast Seriously Superman s all time nemesis is just a power hungry ginger CEO Kinda stupid But I guess the Supermen had enough to contend with.This guy who works at the Daily Planet is wearing a Spin Doctors t shirt all the time Amazing And Clark Kent is a three time novelist Did you know that I could be Superman one day Wait, no, that s illogical.Interestingly enough, this reminded me a lot of Watchmen and TDKR with its media coverage, metafiction newspaper article by Clark Kent s replacement, Ronald Troupe , and its exploration of hero psychology and heroes in society especially with the cults And at 480 pages it has plenty to say Superman is dead obviously And four men dressed and claiming to be Superman with vastly differing origins have seemingly replaced him That s where this page turning mystery begins So I Double Dare you to read it


  3. Aaron Aaron says:

    The Death of Superman was almost too straightforward, with no real theme or buildup Doomsday shows up with no explanation, there s a smackdown, and Superman dies Aside from the novelty of seeing one of the most popular heroes in fiction die, it s a quick and brutal story with a downer ending.World Without a Superman was a decent continuation, with a couple of compelling issues showing the public reaction to his death The majority of that volume dealt with the mystery of Superman s body being The Death of Superman was almost too straightforward, with no real theme or buildup Doomsday shows up with no explanation, there s a smackdown, and Superman dies Aside from the novelty of seeing one of the most popular heroes in fiction die, it s a quick and brutal story with a downer ending.World Without a Superman was a decent continuation, with a couple of compelling issues showing the public reaction to his death The majority of that volume dealt with the mystery of Superman s body being stolen and fought over, which was drawn out a bit too long.However, this third massive volume showing the rise of four replacement Supermen and the return of the original was one of the better epic volumes I ve read from DC The whole concept did a lot to show how influential Superman was in ameta way than the previous two volumes I doubt any other hero aside from probably only Batman could die and have a story about his immediate replacements be as compelling, with each of the Supermen reflecting a different aspect of the original Steel is identified as embodying the soul of the original, though he is human and wears powered armor Superboy is cast as amodern kid without the patented Kent manners that Clark had at his age The Eradicator is the pure Kryptonian in the group, using lethal force to enforce justice And the Cyborg Superman, putting a spin on what I see as Clark s paradoxical use of deception to mask his true self and intentions.There are some massive, crazy set pieces that the eventual bad guys of the story perpetrate that drive the scale of this story through the roof The initial mystery of who the Supermen are, whether they can be trusted or if any of them are the real deal , the gradual revelations of where they came from, and how they come together to shut down the bad guys, view spoiler Cyborg Superman and Mongul, who actually destroy Coast City leading directly into the downfall of Hal Jordan, in a way creating an evenepic continuous story that persisted well into the 2000 s all the way to Geoff Johns Blackest Night and Brightest Day and aim to destroy Metropolis, hide spoiler was a fun read practically the whole way through.It does feel somewhat dated and most of the art is average at best, but I d still recommend this last third of the Death and Return storyline as one of Superman s best, even though he isn t in most of it


  4. Paul Paul says:

    I m glad I went back and read this entire series about the Death of Superman, A World Without Superman, and The Return of Superman There is a lot of foundational information in these long anthologies of comics that impact the Superman mythos for decades This crossover event lasted about a year between 1992 1993 with about 40 comic issues I liked The Death of Superman the most and then The Return of Superman after.


  5. Jason Jason says:

    Five solid stars.ALERT WARNING ACHTUNG ADVERTENCIA ATTENTION TAHDHIR ETC Spoilers peppered throughout.Nobody ever dies permanently in comic books, so of course Superman comes back, and this shows us how it happened This is comprised of several weekly Superman titles that came out over the course of six or so months in 1993 and concludes the story started in The Death of Superman and continued in World without a Superman It s still just as awesome as it was the first time I read it 24 y Five solid stars.ALERT WARNING ACHTUNG ADVERTENCIA ATTENTION TAHDHIR ETC Spoilers peppered throughout.Nobody ever dies permanently in comic books, so of course Superman comes back, and this shows us how it happened This is comprised of several weekly Superman titles that came out over the course of six or so months in 1993 and concludes the story started in The Death of Superman and continued in World without a Superman It s still just as awesome as it was the first time I read it 24 years ago In fact, I enjoy the rereads evenbecause I can look at stuff that s foreshadowed through a different lens This is especially true of the Eradicator s the first of the four Supermen that show up to protect Metropolis story line which is in the first comic book When I first read it, I thought the Fortress of Solitude robots were responding to Kal El s Superman s needs and instructions, but they were actually dealing with the Eradicator, another Kryptonian being who was residing there It s actually quite clever of the writers to work it like that because either way you look at it, the story makes sense You eventually find out the Eradicator took Superman s body and did a bunch of complicated shit that doesn t need to be explained here so that he ended up looking just like him, called himself The Last Son of Krypton, and went to Metropolis to take over where Superman left off, all the while actually believing that he was Superman reborn He was disabused of this notion by the end after he got his ass kicked nearly to death by the Cyborg Superman who ends up being the real villain of the story, and quite a piece of work at that, but he had a lot of people convinced he was the real deal for a while After the Eradicator got his marbles unscrambled and back into place, the shock caused the real Superman to come back to life, and he heads to Metropolis while the Eradicator recuperates Confused That s fine Just read the story for the details It makes sense if you re willing to let your imagination run wild.This book also introduces us to Steel who seems to carry Superman s soul since he acts the most like him, but he s really just an all around decent guy I guess the world can havethan one For a while there s talk from a psychic about Superman s spirit walking in and taking over the body, but luckily that tripe is minimal, and the writers didn t pursue it after the first couple of mentions I ve always liked his character, so that s another tic in the plus column But as much as I like Steel, I like Superboy even better, and his first appearance is also in this book Admittedly, I like Superboy mostly because I thought he was kinda hot back when I was younger Not as hot as Robin, but Superboy was my crush in the Superman titles Superboy could get irritating whereas Robin never did And speaking of comic book beefcakes, this story has an incident which sets up events that sends Hal Jordan over the edge, leaving an opening in the Green Lantern corps which is given to Kyle Rayner, va va va voom I think It s probably been two decades since I read that story, and I didn t collect the Green Lantern books regularly just when there was a tie in with the other titles I got , but I remember really digging the Rayner Green Lantern.The incident referred to above is the destruction of Coast City, Green Lantern s home The Cyborg and Mongul obliterate it to construct a giant engine so as to create a new War World that can travel around in space, and seven million people are killed That part hits me just as hard now as it did when I first read it, maybe even harder since it s kind of devastating I don t mean to say I was boo hooing and all like I do when I watch The Karate Kid, but it does make me stop and reflect for a moment Seven million is a lot of people.Mongul is the reason this story earns a place on my favorite villains shelf The Cyborg could almost get it on there, but it s Mongul who makes it happen I just like the way he looks, and he s super strong, fast, etc It s a shame he s relegated to introductory villain status after this story, serving as the cherry popper bad guy for new faces, and he spends time in galactic prison between these embarrassing ass kickings Coincidentally enough, he s the first baddie Kyle Raynor faces as the Green Lantern, and later he s the new Flash s first He loses to both, which is bullshit for someone who used to give Supes so much trouble, but que sera, sera I don t mind him losing to Hal Jordan in this, but losing to Kyle is pushing it since he was a NOOB, and losing to The Flash horse manure I m not even sure if he gets a single punch in I reckon I ll reread those eventually and find out But in this story, he s pure awesomeness in his wickedness I would say it s also a shame he later gets killed by Neron, but if you re going to fall so far off the pedestal that you re getting your ass kicked by the Flash the very first time he puts on his new sneakers after you ve gotten a well earned reputation for terrorizing half the galaxy, then you deserve death, for there s no hope for you.I seem to have strayed from this story Mongul is awesome Superboy is awesome Steel is awesome Lex Luthor is awesome Hell, they re all awesome The introductory stories comprising the first half the book are awesome The bigger story which comprises the second half of the book is awesome The ongoing side stories are well, they re just regular soap opera things and don t deserve to be called awesome, but they re still cool and relate to other matters, most of which will be awesome in the following year or two But still, do I need to tell you this whole thing is just awesome I do have one minor nitpick, though It s not with the story, but with the trade paperback itself, particularly the epilog They chose to use the lazier spelling of that word I totally would ve added the ue, so please don t hold it against me It includes parts of The Adventures of Superman 505 and Action Comics 692, but not the entire books It kind of wraps things up with how they reintroduce Clark Kent to the world after his extended absence, but it s disjointed and obviously missing parts Luckily I have both of those comics and was able to get the whole story I think Adventures even came with the trade paperback which I got at the Price Club hurray for warehouse stores and their bulk extras mentality I had to get Action at the comic book store, though The book also cut out the part where Dr Occult shows up and explains in plain and simple terms exactly how Supes came back You can infer all of it from the different parts of the story, but I thought it was nice to have it all spelled out Yeah, it s kind of dorky and is reminiscent of Jessica Fletcher wrapping up an episode of Murder, She Wrote for the viewers who aren t swift enough to keep up, but hey, I often wear that shoe myself even if I didn t in this case , so I would ve appreciated its inclusion Hell, they had half the comic book in there anyway, would an extra 15 20 pages have killed them One other thing to appreciate in the real comic books are the advertisements which are amusing on many levels They re over the top, and they bring on nostalgia since they re now so old The one that got me this time was one for the Atari Lynx which purported to be the most fun you can hold in your hands I doubted the veracity of this claim since I was 14 when I first read this, and had discovered something else that was muchfun in my hands a couple years prior, and I m pretty sure it still held the prize for that distinction two years later in spite of my love for video games.And I ve strayed again Anyway, just read the shit if you re a Superman comic book fan


  6. D.K. Cherian D.K. Cherian says:

    A story arc worth giving 6 stars This epic is part of the Death of Superman storyline and is the best of the 3 GNs Death of Superman, while mediocre in content set the scene, Funeral for a Friend was moving and the Return was fantastic and the climax of a whole new Superman Supes death involes strong feelings in several people, ordinary Nd extra ordinary And all of a sudden you have 4 different men trying to fill the void and take Superman s place, 3 of them actually claiming to be Superman A story arc worth giving 6 stars This epic is part of the Death of Superman storyline and is the best of the 3 GNs Death of Superman, while mediocre in content set the scene, Funeral for a Friend was moving and the Return was fantastic and the climax of a whole new Superman Supes death involes strong feelings in several people, ordinary Nd extra ordinary And all of a sudden you have 4 different men trying to fill the void and take Superman s place, 3 of them actually claiming to be Superman himself Add oneto that mix Superman s friend and fan Bibbo And you find the Guardian and Supergirl also running around The plot is marvelous, a simple concept the reader believes that these men are now stepping to the plate but then a traitor is revealed amongst their midst And mayhem breaks loose There are a few one shots such as the Legacy of Superman which need to be bought separately A must read for any comic book fan and for anyone with a thirst for plain ol adrenaline rush


  7. C. Scott C. Scott says:

    I enjoyed this a lotthan the death of Superman collection, which was kind of like an 18 round, Rocky style boxing match where you already know the outcome Not much drama there.This one had lots going on The development of the four rival supermen was fun and I enjoyed where each of their stories went The cameos by Green Lantern and the Justice League were a particular highlight.But what was the deal with Supergirl Could she seriously not see that Lex Luther junior is evil She s either I enjoyed this a lotthan the death of Superman collection, which was kind of like an 18 round, Rocky style boxing match where you already know the outcome Not much drama there.This one had lots going on The development of the four rival supermen was fun and I enjoyed where each of their stories went The cameos by Green Lantern and the Justice League were a particular highlight.But what was the deal with Supergirl Could she seriously not see that Lex Luther junior is evil She s either a moron or playing some longer game but I m really not interested in 90s era D.C Comics to go back and find out.Speaking of 90s era, when Superman comes back from the dead with a stylish mullet and plenty of bandoliers you just have to laugh.Amusing but not really transcendent material


  8. Jacob Jacob says:

    Public library copy I never read the entire story when these Superman comics were published in the 90s Sadly they re unremarkable and worse yet don t hold up well over time Unfortunately the book is another example of many artists drawing in an early Image Comics house style There s a lot of goofy stuff in here despite the good talent working on this book as there was a rotation of Superman office writers and artists I m sorry to state I don t have anything positive to add, it is what it is Public library copy I never read the entire story when these Superman comics were published in the 90s Sadly they re unremarkable and worse yet don t hold up well over time Unfortunately the book is another example of many artists drawing in an early Image Comics house style There s a lot of goofy stuff in here despite the good talent working on this book as there was a rotation of Superman office writers and artists I m sorry to state I don t have anything positive to add, it is what it iswouldn t the return of Superman been grand from the get go had he worn the proper costume and never had the long hair or all the impostors


  9. Amanda Amanda says:

    If I m being honest, it s not as good as the Death of Superman The Death had so much momentum and excitement and this just felt a little weird awkward I like the idea of a Cyborg Superman but this took a long time to get interesting it finally gets good when Superman returns and you get to see his reunion with Lois. but then you blink and it s over A must read for Superman fans but not one of the best 3.5 stars If I m being honest, it s not as good as the Death of Superman The Death had so much momentum and excitement and this just felt a little weird awkward I like the idea of a Cyborg Superman but this took a long time to get interesting it finally gets good when Superman returns and you get to see his reunion with Lois. but then you blink and it s over A must read for Superman fans but not one of the best 3.5 stars


  10. Corban Ford Corban Ford says:

    Not a bad read for a storyline that is largely an afterthought after the death of Superman Totally loved Steel and no, not the Shaq movie version of him