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Exclusive: Read Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Batman story from Detective Comics #1000

It’s Batman’s turn for an anniversary celebration.

Last year, DC Comics celebrated a big landmark for their original superhero, Superman, with Action Comics #1000. The super-sized issue hailed the Man of Steel’s eight decades in print with a collection of short stories by different superstar writers and artists. Now it’s the Dark Knight’s turn, since Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 arrived only a year after Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1. One of the superstar pairings for the Detective Comics anniversary is the reunion of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev. EW can exclusively debut their nine-page Batman story in full here.

Bendis and Maleev have been collaborating for decades now, but are perhaps best known for their run on Daredevil in the early 2000s. Bendis, after all, was a popular and prolific Marvel writer until very recently. Now that Bendis has made the move to DC, he and Maleev can finally tackle the superhero they (and their fans) have wanted for years.

“When we first teamed for Daredevil, DC called us. This was years ago,” Bendis tells EW. “They offered me and Alex to leave Marvel and come do Batman. We looked at each other and were like, ‘ahh they finally called and we can’t come!’ Anyone can relate to this, once in a while you get a call and later you think, ‘I wonder what would have happened if I had done this?’ There was no sliding door, we weren’t going to leave Marvel at the time. But we’ve always thought about it. So when I came to DC, I had to call Alex. He said, ‘I want Batman! I’ve waited so many god damn years!’ If you put a piece of paper in front of Alex, he’ll draw Batman. That’s his go-to. So there was a lot of context when DC offered us to do a story in Detective Comics #1000. I was like oh yeah, this will scratch that itch beautifully for me and Alex.”

This is not Maleev’s first Batman comics work. He previously illustrated some of the comics from the seminal “No Man’s Land” arc in the late ’90s, but this time he’s handling all the art duties himself. 

“I did some Batman before. I did some ‘No Man’s Land’ but I didn’t ink myself on that one,” Maleev says. “I always wanted to just take over the art from beginning to end, even the coloring, just to express that 20-year wait and put it on the page. I’m very happy.”

Though many fans have long seen Batman as the natural successor to Bendis and Maleev’s Daredevil run, the writer doesn’t actually see much similarity between the Dark Knight and the Man Without Fear. In his view, “there’s a lot more connection between Daredevil and Superman, with their extra-sensory perception of the world and how it affects their decision-making. Batman is reliant on clues and detection and his own point of view. I see Daredevil and Superman looking outside themselves, while Batman is very internalized in his justice.”

In this story, Batman isn’t the only person looking for clues. Set towards the end of Bruce Wayne’s life, Bendis and Maleev’s Detective Comics story is told from the perspective of the Penguin. The old villain explains how he was able to finally piece together Batman’s secret identity over the years. 

“It was hard to draw Penguin old. Not Batman, Batman was easy,” Maleev says. “But with Penguin, you have to imagine what he would look like in his 80s and 90s. Without the makeup, as a frail old man, how would he have aged from what he used to look like? That was a challenge. I had some different sketches, and I was trying to play with his makeup. The colors make him look very old, not just the line art.”

“People’s looks evolve over time,” Bendis adds. “Sometimes with older people you see they’re still doing their look, but it’s not as stylish as it used to be. They go through the motions but they don’t have the same oomph, or it changed into something old over time. We talked about that. What would he be walking around in now?”

Maleev summarizes: “He didn’t age like a cathedral, he aged like a shed.”

Action Comics #1000 represented Bendis’ first published work at DC after making the move from Marvel. One year later, he’s firmly enmeshed in the world of Batman and Superman et al, writing several titles and handling his own imprints. This isn’t even the last word Bendis and Maleev have to say about Batman, either. Though they’re vague with details at the moment, the writer and artist say they have plans for a Batman-related project this summer.

“This is just the beginning for us,” Bendis says. “Even though we’re not coming on to a Batman book that exists, me and Alex are working on a huge Batman-infused storyline coming to DC Comics this summer. This is kind of a palate cleanser. This is what’s gonna look and feel like. This is an artistic prelude.”

Detective Comics #1000 hits stores March 27, and features other stories by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez, Kevin Smith and Jim Lee, and many others. For now, read Bendis and Maleev’s full story below.

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From: https://ew.com/books/2019/02/15/read-an-exclusive-story-from-batman-anniversary-comic-detective-comics-1000/

Superman Reportedly Shelved to Give Supergirl the Spotlight

Superman might be one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, but the Man of Steel looks to be heading to the Fortress of Solitude with recent comments from Forbes citing that plans for the character in the DC Extended Universe are reportedly on hiatus. Instead, Warner Bros. will be focusing on another Kryptonian, Supergirl, who is expected to get her own movie landing in theaters in 2021.

Reports first emerged about a Supergirl movie being in the works last fall, which also hinted that actor Henry Cavill could be leaving the DCEU behind for good. Given the immense success of the Supergirl series on The CW, it would only make sense for the studio to prioritize a film featuring the character above Superman, yet this recent report implies that virtually all DCEU projects will take priority over a Superman film for the time being.

The Hollywood Reporter initially reported that Cavill was hanging up the cape last September, citing that contract negotiations were the reason behind the departure. In the time since that report, there’s still no official word on either Cavill’s future in the franchise or Superman’s fictional future, with those plans possibly complicated by the Mission: Impossible franchise, which has two sequels on the horizon and could potentially see an appearance from Cavill in some capacity.

Cavill wouldn’t be the only actor leaving the DCEU behind, with confirmation coming earlier this year that Ben Affleck, who starred as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, would be passing the Bruce Wayne torch to a new actor for The Batman.

Neither Cavill nor Affleck have had an easy run as the iconic characters, despite the acclaim they have earned for their performances. Zack Snyder kicked off the DCEU with Man of Steel, which earned 56 percent positive reviews according to aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and earned $668 million worldwide. Batman v Superman was an even bigger box office success, earning $873 million worldwide, yet only earned 27 percent positive reviews.

Justice League marks one of the biggest disappointments in the DCEU, earning only 40 percent positive reviews and taking in $657 worldwide. These numbers aren’t inherently poor, but with the film set to be the culmination of the franchise, both fans and critics were left wanting much more from the endeavor.


Stay tuned for details on Supergirl and Superman’s future in the DCEU.

What do you think of these recent reports? Let us know in the comments below!

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/13/supergirl-superman-dceu-extended-universe-future/

Todd McFarlane teases details of his DC Comics toy line, including Batman with an accurate cape

From Stranger Things to The Walking Dead, Fortnite to Game of Thrones, Destiny to Major League Baseball, Todd McFarlane’s toy company has done it all — well, almost. For years, McFarlane dreamed of getting a shot at crafting superheroes for the big two comic publishers and now, with a three-year deal with DC Comics to produce new toys, he’ll have his chance.

Hot on the heels of news that McFarlane Toys will be creating a set of figures based on the Harry Potter movies and books, the company announced this week that a new deal with DC (through Warner Bros. Consumer products) will bear fruit sometime in 2020. According to McFarlane Toys, the company will create a line of 6″ to 12″ figures based on characters from DC’s Multiverse, a stable of characters spanning comics, animation, movies, and video games.

Early in his career, McFarlane worked at DC, providing the art for Infinity Inc. and Detective Comics‘ “Batman: Year Two” storyline. In 1994, he launched McFarlane Toys with the goal of creating better, more realistic toys.

“Every toy fair I walk around and think to myself, ‘Am I the only human being that makes toys who hasn’t had a crack at Star Wars, Marvel or the DC stuff?,” McFarlane tells SYFY WIRE. “You walk around and see that almost everyone else in the building has figured out how to carve those licenses up, so now you’re even seeing Star Wars hamster sweaters, which is apparently a thing.”


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With more than 20 years in the toy business, McFarlane says he’s eager to take the lessons he’s picked up and apply them to the DC multiverse.

So what’s he have in store for the new line? Although McFarlane says no character or design has been picked or finalized, his company will work with DC to come up with a character list for the new line.

“We’ll go about it the same way anyone would, really. If I handed you the license, who would you choose? Hopefully, there would be an 80 percent overlap in the characters I would choose and you would choose, then we’d pick those five to 10 characters to do for sure,” McFarlane says. “We’ll mix in some new characters that have grown in stature, say, for instance, Aquaman with his hit movie, and take a look with what’s happening in pop culture and the publishing end of things as well.”

McFarlane says there’s an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, if there happens to be an interesting version of Batman or Superman the DC Publishers come up with in the meantime. The Injustice version of Superman or Earth One version of Wonder Woman come to mind as examples.

Detective Comics #577 (Art by Todd McFarlane, Written by Mike Barr)

Detective Comics #577 (Art by Todd McFarlane, Written by Mike Barr)

“First and foremost, it’s gotta look cool,” he says. “But it would be a chance to deliver a key character while giving it a look that another group of people might like as well.”

McFarlane explained he’s only concerned with making a high-quality product that appeals to both collectors and average consumers.

Since the deal is still new, McFarlane says talks with DC and Warner Bros. are ongoing as they try to flesh out what stable of characters they’ll likely create this year.

“I think down the line is where the fun beings,” he says. “Maybe sometime later we do a McFarlane Batman. I don’t know if it’s been attempted but I’m the only one who knows that those capes are supposed to be doing.”

Additionally, he reveals that DC has been open to the idea of McFarlane coming up with new character designs, playing around with a Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman costume.

“We’re not talking major redesigns, just a bit of a tweak here and there,” he says. “So far, they’ve been flexible, saying it seems fun and that we’ll talk about it.”

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As for the impact of the deal on his toy company, McFarlane says securing a contract with DC is a “very big deal.”

“There are only a few evergreen properties and DC is one of them,” he explains. “We’re just looking to make each toy interesting and dip into our bag of tricks as we move forward. We’ve had a couple of lucky breaks over the past few years. Maybe, if I do a good job with DC, I’ll get a call from the folks at Lucasfilm.”

From: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/todd-mcfarlane-teases-details-of-his-dc-comics-toy-line-including-batman-with-an-accurate

Will Superman Kill Darkseid? #DCEASED

Dr. Manhattan is afraid enough that Superman will kill him that he brought Jor-El back from the dead to (maybe) stop him in Doomsday Clock, the unauthorized sequel to Watchmen currently published by DC Comics.

So what else could Superman do?

Comic book writer Tom Taylor has run a number of tweets today

Culminating in this one, riffing off the Mister Miracle Darkseid Is meme…

Is Superman killing Darkseid? Are the New Gods days numbered? Any other theories? DC’s May 2019 solicitations should start appearing soon…

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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From: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/12/will-superman-kill-darkseid-dceased/

As Superman Calls Himself Sillyman, A Look Back at Funnyman

During the LEGO Movie 2, we come across Superman in a very happy singing mood. He has found a new Utopia and has decided that the S on his shield doesn’t stand for Hope anymore but Silly. That he is now to be called Sillyman.

It is notable that this is never changed at any point in the movie – so it remains canon. LEGO canon. As permanent as anything can be in a world that can be taken apart brick by brick.

But it did remind me suddenly of a familiarly-sounding character, Funnyman.

Funnyman was created by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster as a clownish superhero, while they were still working for DC Comics. They anticipated a decline in the popularity of conventional superheroes, thinking a comedy hybrid character would have sustainable appeal.

Of course, they were decades ahead of their time, as Deadpool and Harley Quinn have proven. And, cognisant of what had happened with them and Superman, they were determined to retain the copyright to Funnyman, an anathema to DC Comics. So instead Siegel and Shuster made a deal with Magazine Enterprises, with their former DC editor Vin Sullivan, but they were only able to publish 6 issues and a newspaper strip in 1948 before the comic closed.

The series had TV comedian Larry Davis convinced by his girlfriend and manager, June Farrell, to do a publicity stunt where Larry would defeat Happy, an actor playing a criminal, as a crime-fighting clown. But Larry ended up defeating a real criminal by mistake, decides he likes being a hero, and keeps going as Funnyman, the Comic Crimebuster, protector of Empire City, much to the annoyance of June and Happy, the only people who know his secret.

He used practical joke themed gadgets to battle a variety of madcap villains, as well as two comedy superhero rivals, Comicman and Laffman, trying to beat him to the punch, and police officer Sgt. Harrigan pitted against Funnyman. He also drove a scooter with his face on it and an intelligent gadgeted-up supercar, Jet-Jallopy.

We missed his seventieth birthday last year, and he has remained unpublished since 1948. Some sources have him appearing in the DC comic book title 52 as one of Booster Gold’s pallbearers but I think that was someone mistaking him for another clownish character, Oddman. He did appear in a cameo in his secret identity in Super Friends but… that seems to be it.

It’s also worth pointing out that the character is probably still owned by the estates of Siegel and Shuster. Seventy-one years on, is it time for a revival? Dynamite, I’m looking at you…

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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From: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/11/as-superman-calls-himself-sillyman-a-look-back-at-funnyman/

‘Shazam!’ Superman Cameo Excites ‘Mortal Kombat’ Creator

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon is as excited about Superman’s cameo in Shazam as every other DC Comics fan.

Rumors surfaced earlier this week that Superman will have a small role in Shazam, though not played by Henry Cavill. Boon heard the news and tweeted about it.

Take a look below:

Shazam stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as Batson’s mystically-powered superhero alter ego, the titular Shazam.

Here’s the synopsis:

“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard (Djimon Hounsou). Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).”

Angel and Levi have previously hinted at what fans can expect from the new film.

“It is a family movie,” said Angel. “I think him and Superman have a lot in common. He can basically do everything Superman can do.”

“It is you [Angel] in me,” Levi said. “It’s a fourteen-year-old kid. You’re the Earth’s Mightiest Mortal.”

“I can’t tell you much, as you can probably imagine, but what I can say is I am just out of my mind excited!” Levi said in a separate interview. “I get to do my version of Big, basically. It’s like Superman meets Big, and that’s just so fun. I get to be a superhero that’s excited about being a superhero, and I think that’s refreshing. It’s not glum, and like, ‘Oh, I have to save the world again.’ So I think it’s all really gravy.”

Are you excited about Shazam!? Let us know what you think in the comments!


Shazam! will open in theaters on April 5th.

Aquaman is now playing in theaters. Upcoming DC Extended Universe movies include Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/09/shazam-superman-cameo-ed-boon-mortal-kombat-creator-reaction/

‘Shazam!’: "Superman" Cameo Reportedly Confirmed, Without Henry Cavill

Shazam! movie, it’s been heavily speculated that the mystical hero could have a run-in with Henry Cavill’s Superman. Earlier this year, new rumors circulated that it could be happening; then we heard that it the studio couldn’t work out getting Henry Cavill into Shazam!, and it seemed like the final discussion on the matter.

Now, however, comes a new report stating that “Superman” will appear in Shazam!but Henry Cavill won’t.

We Got This Covered reports the following:

“According to sources close to WGTC, the Man of Steel’s appearance comes at the end of Billy Batson’s new film as part of the payoff to a running joke. Throughout the movie, it’s said that Billy’s friend and foster brother Freddy Freeman has been asking Billy to show up at his school in the Shazam persona in order to prove to all of Freddy’s classmates that he knows the hero. In the final scene, Shazam finally shows up, before saying that he brought another friend with him. At this point, Superman walks into the room, but since Cavill isn’t looking ready to return anytime soon, the film will allegedly use a body double that doesn’t show Clark Kent’s face.”

At this point, it makes sense that DC/WB would reference the Superman franchise without bringing Cavill in. The situation with that character and casting has been extremely murky as of late; and now that Ben Affleck has dropped out of his Batman role, DC fans have been wondering if Cavill’s Superman will be recast, as well. There were reports that Cavill’s demands for his next Superman movie were stalling forward progress – a claim that Cavill’s team has strongly denied. For now, it seems as though “Superman” will have to be admired at a distance, until the next step is decided for him.


Other big DC Comics cameos seemingly confirmed for Shazam! recently include the possible first looks at the entire Shazam family, who are created when Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) foster siblings – Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer), Mary (Grace Fulton), Darla (Faithe Herman), Eugene (Ian Chen) and Pedro (Jovan Armand) – all get endowed with mythical superhero power, as well. Be sure to check that out.

The DC Movie Universe continues with Aquaman, in theaters now. Shazam hits theaters on April 5th, Joker on October 4th, Birds of Prey on February 7th, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5th, 2020, and The Batman on June 25th, 2021.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/07/shazam-superman-cameo-henry-cavill-body-double/

Man and Superman #1 review: An instant classic

Man and Superman #1 is a supersized story that is without question one of the best Superman stories of the past 10 years.

Marv Wolfman does for Superman in Man and Superman #1 what Mariko Tamaki did for Supergirl in Supergirl Being Super, which, in short, is to take an origin story and turn it into a fresh tale that’s an instant classic. This is a Superman story with heart, focusing on the smaller details of Clark Kent’s arrival in Metropolis rather than the story of how he became Superman. As a fresh look at a side of Superman’s origins that is rarely explored, it’s a tale that will appeal to fans both old and new.

Wolfman originally wrote this story as a planned four-issue miniseries for Superman Confidential, but the story was shelved when the book was cancelled. Now Wolfman’s masterpiece has a chance to shine and readers get to benefit from having the entire story available in one volume. And at $9.99 it’s an absolute steal for a 100-page story.

In short: This could very well be the best Superman story of the last 10 years.

It’s important to note that the Man of Steel is barely in it and it really works for the best. This is the story of Clark Kent in Metropolis, living in a dingy apartment and learning the ropes at the Daily Planet while watching Lois Lane work her magic.

Clark’s early days in Metropolis, alone in the big city, are some of the most important days of his life as he finds meaning and purpose in his gifts. These days tend to get lost as soon as Superman appears, but that changes with this beautiful story. Wolfman explores this critical period of time with eloquence and an eye for the little things that make this story special.

Claudio Castellini’s art brings Clark Kent to life as the bright eyed young man who arrives in the big city only to find that it’s not exactly what you see on postcards. Looking at Clark Kent in this book is like seeing Christopher Reeve come alive on the page. From the filthy apartment to street hustlers working their brand of magic on their unsuspecting victims, Castellini paints a sweeping picture of the darker side of Metropolis, a place fans normally think of as a shining city.

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Writer: Marv Wolfman
Art: Claudio Castellini
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letters: Tom Orzechowski

Man and Superman #1 is available now at your local comic shop.

From: https://fansided.com/2019/02/07/man-and-superman-1-review-instant-classic-dc-comics/

Review – Superman: Action Comics #1007: Spy War

Owner/Publisher, Editor-at-Large

Ken Denmead


Matt Blum

Managing Editor


Senior Editors

Jonathan H. Liu, Jenny Bristol, Corrina Lawson, Patricia Vollmer

Gaming Editor

Dave Banks

Assistant Editor

John Booth

Associate Publishers*

MacKenzie Paulus, Megan Fulton, Tim Johnides, Jeff Williams, Dante Lauretta, Magnus Dahlsröm, Jayson Peters, David Michael, Gerry Tolbert, Andrew Smith, Ray Wehrs, Joel Becker, Scott Gaeta, Beth Kee, Joey Mills, talkie_tim, Danny Marquardt, Adam Bruski, John Bain, Bill Moore, Adam Frank, Lacey Hays, Peter Morson, James Needham, Matt Fleming, Adam Anderson, Jim Reynolds, Seiler Hagan, Bryan Wade, Petrov Neutrino, Jay Shapiro

Editor (Emeritus)

Chris Anderson

Core Contributors

Darren Blankenship, Rory Bristol, Robin Brooks, Preston Burt, Mathias DeRider, Ray Goldfield, Jamie GreeneRyan Hiller, Rob Huddleston, Will James, James Floyd Kelly, Anthony Karcz, Michael Kaufman, Mordechai Luchins, Joey Mills, Brad Moon, Tony Nunes, Anton Olsen, Skip Owens, Jules Sherred, Shaun Washington, Simon Yule

Occasional Contributors

Tim Bailey, Sara BlackburnStephen Clark, Jeffrey Cohen, Adam Dimuzio, Mathias DeRider, Tom Fassbender, Luke Forney, Logan Giannini, Travis Hanson, Sean Hallenbeck, Michael Harrison, Kim HaynesWhit Honea, Greg Howley, Michael J.Angela Leach, Michael LeSauvage, Jim MacQuarrie, Eric Parrish, Michael PistiolasRicardo Rebelo, Drew Rich, Mitchell RoushMariana Ruiz, Tony Sims, Randy Slavey, Erik Stanfill, Andrew TerranovaGerry TolbertMark VorenkampChris Wickersham

From: https://geekdad.com/2019/01/review-superman-action-comics-1007-spy-war/

Man and Superman: 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Review

A previously-unpublished Superman story set during the hero’s
first days in Metropolis, written by Marv Wolfman? Who could say no to that?

Well, as explained in Wolfman’s wonderfully insightful and charmingly self-deprecating foreword, Man and Superman was originally meant to see publication about a decade ago as a four-issue run in Superman Confidential, but the book was sadly canceled before it could be run. Afterwards, the shake-up of DC’s New 52 left this story in a funky place, in terms of canonicity. Now that DC is once again willing to play ball with stories somewhat outside of continuity, this “lost” Superman story can finally see print! And thank goodness it’s here, because it’s a real treat.

There are moments in Man and Superman that bring to mind one of my all-time favorite superhero origin stories, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. I love the sequence in which Clark attempts to do some sleuthing in Metropolis for the first time. He’s knows how his abilities work, but he’s still unsure of his methods or how to proceed with his big debut. We’re used to seeing Clark presenting himself as a bumbling farm boy as a way of covering his identity. In this story, there’s a clumsy side of Superman himself on display that we don’t normally get to see, which opens up Clark Kent in ways that should be very appealing to readers who may normally feel disconnected from the godly superhero.

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I appreciate seeing Clark Kent as an aspiring journalist, hunting for jobs and hungry for acceptance. (Am I projecting? Naahhh.)

In portraying Clark as a man with incredible power, yet a near-total lack of confidence (at least early on), Claudio Castellini’s art evokes some of Neal Adams’ finest work with the character. Seeing Clark’s silhouette against a wall of flames, there’s a mythical quality to Superman’s first public appearances, a real sense of the world changing. Aided by vibrant coloring from Hi-Fi, the action sequences almost bring to mind the timeless Fleischer Superman cartoons of the ’40s. That’s a lot of comparisons to make, but so much of this book feels like a beautiful synthesis of all of my favorite takes on Superman.

The most interesting thing about this comic, though, is how secondary all of the action is to the real meat of the story. So many versions of the character’s origin gloss over the kind of hustle that Clark would have had to show in order to get a job at one of the nation’s top newspapers, so I appreciate that Wolfman found this struggle important enough to feature it as a through line for this tale.

Also, as a fan of Lois Lane, it was great to see her talked about in hushed tones by background characters in the issue, even when they were speaking out of jealous derision. It lends her a public admiration and gravitas that is normally reserved for the Big Blue Boy Scout in these types of books. To present her right out of the gate as not only Clark’s equal, but his star to shoot for, is a fantastic choice. She is a hero in her own right. By the time she’s fully introduced, you’ll be wishing DC would give Marv Wolfman an ongoing Lois Lane solo series! There is such a sureness of being to her. Clark may the guy flying around and catching buildings, but this book really sells you on why Lois is Superman’s personal hero.

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The one thing that keeps this story from being a completely satisfying read is thankfully addressed in Wolfman’s foreword to the book. The fact is that we have seen some of the plot ideas in Man and Superman explored in volumes such as Straczynski’s Superman: Earth One and even in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The “plainclothes” look for Superman recalls the opening arcs of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ Action Comics. It’s always so interesting to see how different creators tackle similar concepts. While some of Man and Superman‘s elements may feel familiar, it’s all executed in an altogether different manner.

Wolfman has always been a master of making larger than life characters into relatable people, and that gift is on full display in this story. This relatability is what really sets Man and Superman apart from similar stories that have emerged in the last decade. While some of the ideas for the book have been seen in the years since, that doesn’t change the fact that Man and Superman would have been something of a revelation if it’d been published ten years ago, as intended. DC has made a great choice in finally publishing this story. I hope it will set a precedent for the release of other “lost” tales.

From: http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/02/06/man-and-superman-100-page-super-spectacular-1-review/

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