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Will the real Superman please stand up. please stand up.....
Superman: The Return of Superman
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Superman: The Return of Superman
Advantages: The return of a legend.......
Disadvantages: Story feels a bit contrived in places.....
The Return Of Superman is the inevitable end to the ongoing Death Of Superman series that lasted for several months and generated much hype in the world of D.C as everyone tried to second-guess what was going to happen. Of course, everyone always knew that Superman WOULD return, it was just a case of when and how.....
In the meantime, we of course had four seperate replacements for The Man Of Steel and this collection also deals with them. Each of the four replacement Supermen was, at one time, offered as a potential candidate for being the real Superman reborn and all had their own approach ~ some good, some bad, but it comes as no surprise that when the real Superman comes back from the other side, he is less than impressed with how some of them have been behaving in his absence. And of course, some of them inevitably don't want to give up their new notoriety......
This is a satisfying read but a little bit of a disappointment in places. For me, the explanation of how Superman is able to return feels a bit contrived and cliched and more than a little bit convenient. Still, his return is handled quite well and the writing here is certainly first-rate despite a few niggles I have at some of the plot points.
Like I say, it was always inevitable that Superman WOULD come back and, also inevitably, it was never going to quite match the hype and excitment generated by his sensational departure from the D.C universe but all in all I think it fair to say that there is a certain sense of completeness reading this as everything is finally brought around full circle and it is nice to see the human perspective as viewed through the eyes of the still distraught and grieving Lois Lane.
The artwork is cool, well drawn and easily followed and this is a good collection to own if you have been following the story so far. But it is one strictly for the fans and the more casual readers amongst you might well look at this and wonder what all the fuss was about. This is a graphic novel that tries to be deep and meaningful but ends up just being all about one thing: the return of The Man Of Steel......
Summary: The inevitable conclusion to the long-running story arc
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