Superman #21

DC Comics

Written by Brian Michael Bendis

Art by Ivan Reis

Inks by Joe Prado and Oclair Albert

Colors by Alex Sinclair

Letters by Dave Sharpe

The Rundown: With Superman fighting Mongul for the fate of the United Planets, another war is brewing at home.


Superman continues a knock down drag out fight with Mongul among the stars as the fragile alliance between the world of the United Planets breaks into fighting among themselves. As the fight continues, destroying everything in its wake and threatening to end the peace before it has a chance to begin, Superman comes to a realization about what Mongul really wants and how he is giving it to him.

At the same time, Lois Lane is confronted by rival reporters about Clark’s controversial role in the creation of the United Planets and what that means. As she is ambushed on all sides, the reporter will have to bring in some help to try to stop a brewing conflict between the Man of Steel and the world he loves.

The Story: While there are some great concepts being discussed and fleshed out in this issue, the story itself feels half done. Lois dealing with the ramifications of Clark’s actions is the more compelling story in this issue and it isn’t given nearly enough time to evolve. In contrast, the Mongul fight goes on way too long to feel like anything other than filler. There is an imbalance in this story and Bendis should focus on dealing with the ramifications of Clark revealing his identity. It’s a Pandora’s box that he opened and there is the potential to tell some inventive and interesting stories from it.

The Art: Ivan Reis delivers some beautiful art in this issue. There are some great action beats throughout and the fight between Superman and Mongul is visceral and well staged. At the same time, the scenes with Lois and fantastic as well and utilize some great, dramatic angles in the reveals.

Superman #21




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