Written by Brian Azzarello Art and cover by Lee Bermejo Superman has been called many things, from the defender of Truth, Justice and the American way to the Big Blue Boy Scout In LEX LUTHOR MAN OF STEEL, he is called something he never been called before a threat to all humanity In this trade paperback collecting the acclaimedissue miniseries LEX LUTHOR MAN OF STEEL, fan favorite writer Brian Azzarello SUPERMAN,BULLETS teams up with artist Lee Bermejo BATMAN DEATHBLOW for a bold story in which readers get a glimpse into the mind of Superman s longtime foe MAN OF STEEL reveals why Luthor chooses to be the proverbial thorn in the Man of Steel s side to save humanity from an ntrustworthy alien being When I see you Superman , I see something No Man can ever be I see the End The End of our Potential The End of our Achievements The End of our Dreams You are my biggest nightmare Lex Luthor.The Lines already describes how much Lex Luthor hates the Man of steel, And Why he is one of the Greatest Villains Because he talks the viewpoint of every person in the world and how We would hate a Man who can do anything And still be indestructible and immortal I would highly recommend th When I see you Superman , I see something No Man can ever be I see the End The End of our Potential The End of our Achievements The End of our Dreams You are my biggest nightmare Lex Luthor.The Lines already describes how much Lex Luthor hates the Man of steel, And Why he is one of the Greatest Villains Because he talks the viewpoint of every person in the world and how We would hate a Man who can do anything And still be indestructible and immortal I would highly recommend this book to people who didn t understand the BvS Lex Luthor.This the best comic till now that defines what is the actual reason Lex Luthor hates the Man of Steel so much Bullet Review I m pretty familiar with the essence of this comic namely, Lex Luthor isn t the baddie like we know him traditionally but is trying to protect Earth from a potential alien dictator I suppose when this first came out, it wasuncommon and new than it is these days I can t help but yawn slightly and mutter, Been there, done that The art is great, but really, was it necessary to have so many butt and boob shots of women Mona is basically just a walking butt and boob shot, Bullet Review I m pretty familiar with the essence of this comic namely, Lex Luthor isn t the baddie like we know him traditionally but is trying to protect Earth from a potential alien dictator I suppose when this first came out, it wasuncommon and new than it is these days I can t help but yawn slightly and mutter, Been there, done that The art is great, but really, was it necessary to have so many butt and boob shots of women Mona is basically just a walking butt and boob shot, only there to whinge about wanting into Lex s tighty whiteys As for Hope I think a brick to the face is a bitsubtle than that inclusion, coupled with Lex s pretentious monologuing.BUT at the end of the day, this was not unenjoyable Meaning it was a decent read Lex Luthor gets his own book to give his side of the story, to convince us readers that Superman is the menace he believes he is Lex is building a giant new structure devoted to science and the accomplishments of humanity, making sure people understand Superman is not human nor is he needed to save anyone But just to be sure Lex is also building a female version of Superman to become the new saviour of Metropolis.I think Brian Azzarello s books are hit and miss but this one was definitely a hi Lex Luthor gets his own book to give his side of the story, to convince us readers that Superman is the menace he believes he is Lex is building a giant new structure devoted to science and the accomplishments of humanity, making sure people understand Superman is not human nor is he needed to save anyone But just to be sure Lex is also building a female version of Superman to become the new saviour of Metropolis.I think Brian Azzarello s books are hit and miss but this one was definitely a hit He writes Lex as a charming, suave, and pretty decent guy who talks to cleaning staff like real people, who give a helping hand to underprivileged people, basically is the opposite of the arrogant and selfish prig he s depicted as in many Superman books More than the image, Azzarello gives him a voice that s authentic to the reader and adds weight to his monologues against the idea of Superman.Interestingly, Azzarello plays up Lex s obsession with Superman in the form of Hope , a robotic superhero under the control of Lex and a pretty good impersonator of Superman except she s a woman Then he has Lex seduce her I thought it was a funny as Azzarello basically implied that Lex s entire obsession with Superman was, despite the rhetoric and argument, sexual in nature Lex loves Superman, he really just wants to have sex with him But maybe I m wrong.Full credit too goes to Lee Bermejo who draws utterly beautiful panels on every single page He is one of the finest comics artists working today and nowhere does his work shinethan in the DC books he s worked on Joker, Lex Luthor, andrecently Batman Noel which he also wrote are hugely impressive works of art He s one of the few artists whose work I immediately buy purely on his inclusion on the project alone.Lex is a fascinating character and through his eyes we see Superman from a different angle, making himinteresting too Lex Luthor Man of Steel is a compellingly written, beautifully drawn, comic book that any fans of Superman will love, and those with a passing interest in Superman will find strangely beguiling A must read for all fans of comics Azzarello seems to think that Luthor thinks in metaphor Clever, inventive metaphor, but intellectual flights of fantasy all the same.I never quite perceived Luthor as a man of intellectual ego,someone who mercilessly beats down his opponents until they re ready to yield, and then takes advantage This is a whole new character a reinvention, or even a phoenix like rebirth.It s also possible that rather than a narrative telling Luthor s story this is all a self rationalising delusion Azzarello seems to think that Luthor thinks in metaphor Clever, inventive metaphor, but intellectual flights of fantasy all the same.I never quite perceived Luthor as a man of intellectual ego,someone who mercilessly beats down his opponents until they re ready to yield, and then takes advantage This is a whole new character a reinvention, or even a phoenix like rebirth.It s also possible that rather than a narrative telling Luthor s story this is all a self rationalising delusion of Luthor s mind, like some internal misinterpretation trying to polish the turd that is his evil, petty life However, in the end Luthor grants us a little tragedy, a little sadness, and a hint of powerlessness, which ties the whole story into a believable whole.The portrayal of Superman as a mute judge from on high is really effective, and only borrows or overlaps slightly from Irredeemable He looks very sharp throughout, and often pissed or distasteful.The art throughout this book is incredibly well executed nice style of lines, interestingly near abstract inks, and great selection of colour each section given a tone that subtly supports or offsets the moods.In the end I still feel a little ambivalent about what Azzarello is trying to do here I m not entirely convinced whether he s fully committed to the idea of Luthor as a good guy with the oersonal strength and conviction to break the moral code for greater self sacrificing good, or if he s just a deluded weak man who can t find it within himself to embrace the fact that someone else is better than him If Azzarello intentionally drew this line for the readers to walk precariously, bravo If he chickened out of committing fully to one vision or the other, then sorry.I just wish I could decide which it is for myself and thus, I feel like Azzarello is holding up a mirror to my own inability to fully commit to my own convictions in the face of a world of strong opinions Bravo dear sir MINI REVIEW focus is upon the perspective of Luthor and how he feels Superman holds humanity back from greatness because he makes us lazy Cameo by Bruce Wayne Batman Beautiful artwork and a credible enough story that probably needed another 20 30 pages to do the story seeds justice OVERALL GRADE ON THE SHANNON SCALE B minus to B. This was pretty interesting Superman is almost always in a positive light Besides Red Son or Injustice he basically is the Good guy everyone looks up to He s all about hope, about helping, and about fighting for a better future He s our protector Lex obviously doesn t see him that way What makes this story interesting is you see the perception of Lex and how Superman can come across as evil On top of that you get a pretty cool flashback of Bruce vs Clark which I assume is when they fir This was pretty interesting Superman is almost always in a positive light Besides Red Son or Injustice he basically is the Good guy everyone looks up to He s all about hope, about helping, and about fighting for a better future He s our protector Lex obviously doesn t see him that way What makes this story interesting is you see the perception of Lex and how Superman can come across as evil On top of that you get a pretty cool flashback of Bruce vs Clark which I assume is when they first meet to show how scary Superman really could be Lex creates a creature robot called Hope to combat Superman Not one on one but as a symbol of protection What I liked Watching Lex and his view of the world and how he s not all bad He actually is very humanized in here and somewhat likeable I really enjoyed the art design and they made Superman pretty freaking scary I also enjoyed the hope storyline though the ending not so much but before that it was nice What I didn t like The Batman vs Superman scene was a bit confusing at first I also thought Lex had too much talking to himself haha It was really short too which was a bummer Another 2 issues would have flushed out LexOverall this was a unique and different take on Superman It s a Lex story for sure but still feels like a Superman, just the other side of the coin I liked it just didn t love it so it stands at a 2.5 3 Check it out if for nothing else then the sweet art Upon finishing Joker, I learned that Azzarello and Lee Bermejo had teamed up again on Lex Luthor Man of Steel, another captivating character in the DC universe that is often poorly represented as simply a mad genius Where Joker is violent and unpredictable, Lex Luthor reflects its main character s cold, calculating subtlety It lays out Luthor s purpose right from the start, painting the undeniable picture of Superman as an alien A monster with no understanding of humanity Luthor despises th Upon finishing Joker, I learned that Azzarello and Lee Bermejo had teamed up again on Lex Luthor Man of Steel, another captivating character in the DC universe that is often poorly represented as simply a mad genius Where Joker is violent and unpredictable, Lex Luthor reflects its main character s cold, calculating subtlety It lays out Luthor s purpose right from the start, painting the undeniable picture of Superman as an alien A monster with no understanding of humanity Luthor despises the hero that Metropolis worships, but he is the only one who seems aware of how easily such a being could snap In other words, that Man of Steel movie with the questionably violent Superman wreaking havoc and murdering bad guys in cold blood That s the Superman Luthor fears and wants to protect his city from But Luthor is also intent on showing the world what Superman s existence takes away from humanity If Superman is there to do everything for us, what need is there for self improvement These aspects of Superman are touched on in my other favourite Superman story, Superman Red Son The latter focuses on Superman himself, while Luthor ison the other side of the world thinking up bigger and better ways to defy Superman s reign of perfection The only problem I have with Red Son s Luthor is that he is too cold and inhuman Azzarello ensures that you never forget Luthor s humanity as he works toward his ideal, which takes the form of a manufactured superhero Luthor aptly names, Hope Luthor s story culminates in his ultimate success and his ultimate failure in the most perfectly atypical way When I initially glanced at the issues of this series, I joked about Batman s involvement since Bruce Wayne seems incapable of staying out of other people s books Yet it was when Luthor meets with Bruce Wayne to negotiate a business arrangement that this book went from five stars to simply delicious for me Because if there is anyone who would appreciate Luthor s hatred of Superman, it s Bruce Wayne The interactions between them are so intricate and delectable as they speak to each other in an intimate dance of words that reveals just how brilliant these two men are 3.5 starsGood story told from Lex s point of view Of course, he doesn t see himself as a villain, and by the middle of the book you can feel yourself mustering up quite a bit of sympathy for him Poor misunderstood fellow Or maybe not.I would have given this a solid four stars, but there was this weird fight between Batman and Superman that really confused me Maybe I m missing an important piece of the puzzle, but it just didn t make sense Other than that it was a great portrayal of everyone 3.5 starsGood story told from Lex s point of view Of course, he doesn t see himself as a villain, and by the middle of the book you can feel yourself mustering up quite a bit of sympathy for him Poor misunderstood fellow Or maybe not.I would have given this a solid four stars, but there was this weird fight between Batman and Superman that really confused me Maybe I m missing an important piece of the puzzle, but it just didn t make sense Other than that it was a great portrayal of everyone favorite bad guy Personally, I loved Batman v Superman, I thought it got a lot of flack it did not deserve, however what I will say is, THIS IS HOW YOU DO LEX LUTHOR So here we have Brian Azzarello, doing another villain story, and like his Joker novel, this book is entirely from Luthor s perspective The story, well its basically a week in the life of Lex Luthor, is how I would put it You get the monologue of Luthor as he narrates the story Its a perfect example of Luthor s character as he is an ideali Personally, I loved Batman v Superman, I thought it got a lot of flack it did not deserve, however what I will say is, THIS IS HOW YOU DO LEX LUTHOR So here we have Brian Azzarello, doing another villain story, and like his Joker novel, this book is entirely from Luthor s perspective The story, well its basically a week in the life of Lex Luthor, is how I would put it You get the monologue of Luthor as he narrates the story Its a perfect example of Luthor s character as he is an idealist, and he wants Metropolis to be a shining example of Hope But of course in Luthor s eyes, if you wanna make an omelette you gotta break some eggs, in Luthor terms, that is whoever gets in the way of progress , is eliminated Lee Bermejo s art is awesome in this, he draws Superman in this way, where his face his blacked out, and his eyes are always red because of his heat vision, it projects him as this villain and that s exactly what Luthor s perspective is Overall this an amazing read