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Superman continues to aim for peace in the galaxy, and the United Planets could be the perfect solution. But an old enemy is about to return to force Superman to fight with everything he has in order to protect it! It’s the Man of Steel versus Mongul in this epic fight to save the United Planets and the peace it will ensure—and Superman is determined to win. If Superman fai Superman continues to aim for peace in the galaxy, and the United Planets could be the perfect solution. But an old enemy is about to return to force Superman to fight with everything he has in order to protect it! It’s the Man of Steel versus Mongul in this epic fight to save the United Planets and the peace it will ensure—and Superman is determined to win. If Superman fails, it means the fall of the United Planets. And old foes give way to new ones as Superman is confronted with deadly warriors from the real of magic and the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Introducing Xanadoth and Synmar! Collects Superman #20-28.


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Superman continues to aim for peace in the galaxy, and the United Planets could be the perfect solution. But an old enemy is about to return to force Superman to fight with everything he has in order to protect it! It’s the Man of Steel versus Mongul in this epic fight to save the United Planets and the peace it will ensure—and Superman is determined to win. If Superman fai Superman continues to aim for peace in the galaxy, and the United Planets could be the perfect solution. But an old enemy is about to return to force Superman to fight with everything he has in order to protect it! It’s the Man of Steel versus Mongul in this epic fight to save the United Planets and the peace it will ensure—and Superman is determined to win. If Superman fails, it means the fall of the United Planets. And old foes give way to new ones as Superman is confronted with deadly warriors from the real of magic and the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Introducing Xanadoth and Synmar! Collects Superman #20-28.

30 review for Superman, Volume 4: Mythological

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    These issues of Superman just fell really flat. It's all big bombastic battles with voiceovers from Lois or Lana Lang as they try to get to Superman's truth when he can't really be bothered after revealing to the world that Clark Kent is Superman. I honestly felt cheated, that Bendis dropped that bombshell and then just kind of ignored it in typical Bendis fashion. This collects the 2nd half of the Truth storyline which is just one big fight with Mongul with the United Planets caught in the midd These issues of Superman just fell really flat. It's all big bombastic battles with voiceovers from Lois or Lana Lang as they try to get to Superman's truth when he can't really be bothered after revealing to the world that Clark Kent is Superman. I honestly felt cheated, that Bendis dropped that bombshell and then just kind of ignored it in typical Bendis fashion. This collects the 2nd half of the Truth storyline which is just one big fight with Mongul with the United Planets caught in the middle. Then a team up with Dr. Fate which was surprisingly the best part of this book. Then in the last 4 issues, yet another alien, comes after Superman. Bendis spends a ton of time with this alien race and I still don't understand their deal or what was going on with this Synmar Utopica. He attacks Superman and won't explain why. It's really some awful writing. Oof, this was disappointing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Brian Bendis' final nine issues of Superman are collected here, and they sure are nine issues of Superman, I suppose. We start with the end of The Truth arc which should have been in the last volume. The reactions from the other members of Superman's supporting cast are far more engaging than the battle with Mongul, which boils down to pages and pages of Superman hitting him until he gives up. There's little to no consequences to the United Planets assembly despite Mongul having murdered half of Brian Bendis' final nine issues of Superman are collected here, and they sure are nine issues of Superman, I suppose. We start with the end of The Truth arc which should have been in the last volume. The reactions from the other members of Superman's supporting cast are far more engaging than the battle with Mongul, which boils down to pages and pages of Superman hitting him until he gives up. There's little to no consequences to the United Planets assembly despite Mongul having murdered half of them, and even the subplot about the FBI being worried about Superman announcing himself as King Of Earth goes nowhere since Cameron Chase just sweeps it under the rug. The two issue arc about Xanadoth (Bendis absolutely sucks at naming characters, I swear to god) fizzles as well. There's a good few pages where Superman and Doctor Fate have a nice chat, although I didn't realise being pre-med made you a qualified psychiatrist, but again the actual monster fight goes nowhere, does nothing, and is just pages of punching aside from one little twist that was kinda neat. Then there's the final four issues, the Mythological arc of the title, that brings in the Synmar Utopica (again with the names!), a manufactured super-being that wants to beat up Superman because...something about inspiring the planet he's trying to conquer because they lied to him? Or something? I don't know, I don't think Bendis even knew at this point. Again, the subplot about Lois dealing with the fallout of Clark revealing his identity is far more compelling, but the final issue overlays Lois' inner monologue over an already wordy explanation of what's supposed to be going on on Synmar, and neither plot strengthens the other. Then it all just...ends. The art's great though. I have no idea how Bendis manages to get all the best artists, but most of this volume is drawn by Ivan Reis (and it all came out on time, somehow), while Kevin Maguire does some fill-in work. When Kevin Maguire's your fill-in artist, you know it's a good looking book. Bendis' Superman has struggled from the beginning, trying to balance too many things and not actually executing half of them properly. The first half of the run was more about setting up his ill-fated Legion spin-off than Superman himself, and this final volume doesn't manage to land any of the plot points it tries to set up. I don't even know what Bendis is trying to say about Superman as a character half the time, but it definitely looks good. Switch off your brain, look at the pretty pictures, and ignore the words, and you'll get a lot more mileage out of this one for certain.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    There’s this thing with Bendis and the pacing he gives to each story that is a bit unnerving, mostly when you realize nothing really happens, or nothing that actually matters, happens. Anyway. This book, unlike Action Comics, gave us a deeper Superman with some fun moments, but... the Mongul storyline may have been the most generic Mongul storyline ever, and that’s just a lot. The Doctor Fate one had its really fun moments. Curiously the most interesting part happened when Dr. Fate and Superman There’s this thing with Bendis and the pacing he gives to each story that is a bit unnerving, mostly when you realize nothing really happens, or nothing that actually matters, happens. Anyway. This book, unlike Action Comics, gave us a deeper Superman with some fun moments, but... the Mongul storyline may have been the most generic Mongul storyline ever, and that’s just a lot. The Doctor Fate one had its really fun moments. Curiously the most interesting part happened when Dr. Fate and Superman talked about everything going on in Superman’s life. That was fun. This new super-villain was so meh. And Lois Lane’s subplot was actually annoying. An entire set, one magnificent scene, the rest was just forgettable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The good thing about this volume is the continued responses to Clark's revelation that he's Superman. Lois has to clean up some after it, which is great characterization for her. Dr. Fate gaslights Clark a bit by asking why he revealed the truth. Steve Lombard worries if the Planet is vulnerable. Then Lois and Lana have a heart-to-heart. (Wait!? Lana no longer was told Clark's secret when he left Smallville?? I HATEHATEHATE DC continuity, or rather the lack thereof.) It's not really resolved, it The good thing about this volume is the continued responses to Clark's revelation that he's Superman. Lois has to clean up some after it, which is great characterization for her. Dr. Fate gaslights Clark a bit by asking why he revealed the truth. Steve Lombard worries if the Planet is vulnerable. Then Lois and Lana have a heart-to-heart. (Wait!? Lana no longer was told Clark's secret when he left Smallville?? I HATEHATEHATE DC continuity, or rather the lack thereof.) It's not really resolved, it doesn't need to be resolved, it just needs to be followed up on and respected by the next author. And we need to keep suspending disbelief that people can really interact with Clark as Clark, because that's a pretty hard pill to swallow. The bad thing? A pointless fight against Mongul, continued from last volume (why was "The Truth" split across two volumes!?). A pointless fight against a bigger than ever chaos guy. A pointless fight against some super-powerful alien guy that never makes much sense. C'mon, there's more to Superman than hitting things (or in the case of that last arc, spending long issues trying not to hit things).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

    Never let it be said that Brian MIchael Bendis told a story in a reasonable amount of pages. What literally could have been four or five issues total, Bendis spends no less than nine finishing up his Superman run. If I am being fair, he was supposed to finish his run with issue #24 but DC asked him to do four more issues to take readers to the Future State event that is running currently as I type this review. Therefore, it doesn't really surprise me that the last four issues feel like he's just Never let it be said that Brian MIchael Bendis told a story in a reasonable amount of pages. What literally could have been four or five issues total, Bendis spends no less than nine finishing up his Superman run. If I am being fair, he was supposed to finish his run with issue #24 but DC asked him to do four more issues to take readers to the Future State event that is running currently as I type this review. Therefore, it doesn't really surprise me that the last four issues feel like he's just spinning his wheels somewhat, but there are pages and pages of people talking, repeating, talking, and repeating again just waiting to reach his page count. The ideas that he is trying to put forward are good ideas, mind you. Bendis has a nice handle on Superman. He just doesn't know how to tell a story efficiently or without a lot of dead air. He shoots for the trade. He creates stories to fill a certain amount of space and that means a lot of wandering, meaningless dialogue and protracted plotlines. Kind of a recommend and kind of not. I'm kind of hoping that Bendis' Action Comics run ends on a higher note than this otherwise his revitalization of the Superman family of books over the last couple of years will have ended flatfooted for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Superman winds up trying to balance his life and it's not going well. This volume is okay. Superman trying to balance his frustration with villains attacking him, his son being gone, his reveal of who he is to the world, and more is starting to weigh on him. I think the fact Superman deals with real issues is pretty clever and helps us connect to a basically god being. On top of that the art stays stylish and the fights are great. There's some great character moments too. But overall storylines Superman winds up trying to balance his life and it's not going well. This volume is okay. Superman trying to balance his frustration with villains attacking him, his son being gone, his reveal of who he is to the world, and more is starting to weigh on him. I think the fact Superman deals with real issues is pretty clever and helps us connect to a basically god being. On top of that the art stays stylish and the fights are great. There's some great character moments too. But overall storylines are okay. Mostly villain shows up, does bad things, superman beats them. This sounds like the plot to any superhero book but it feels feel cliche here. I never worry about Clark or anyone around him really. I liked they tried to change it where Superman tries to talk things out instead of fighting but in the end...he fights. So yeah it's not bad, it's solid, but it could be better. I think I'm okay with Bendis finally stepping off this title. A 3 out of 5.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pochodnia fandomu

    ngl kompletnie nie czuję tego czytając zeszytami, także może jak nadrobię n52, to zrobię reread rebirth i dalej, żeby ogarnąć to jako jedną całość. we'll see ngl kompletnie nie czuję tego czytając zeszytami, także może jak nadrobię n52, to zrobię reread rebirth i dalej, żeby ogarnąć to jako jedną całość. we'll see

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Some decent stories in here with some good art, but the last story is incredible and my favorite story from Bendis' Superman run Some decent stories in here with some good art, but the last story is incredible and my favorite story from Bendis' Superman run

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    After announcing his identity to the world, Clark has undertaken a huge mission in space, leaving Lois to deal with things. But... their love is strong and can make it through anything. Highlights (on this huge GN): - Mongol crashes a meeting of the United Planets. Superman has to fight him, but long-standing paranoia and tension causes infighting amongst the nations. As Superman tries to ease tension, Mongol leaves... and then Supes leaves too because Mongol is about to attack Earth! The United P After announcing his identity to the world, Clark has undertaken a huge mission in space, leaving Lois to deal with things. But... their love is strong and can make it through anything. Highlights (on this huge GN): - Mongol crashes a meeting of the United Planets. Superman has to fight him, but long-standing paranoia and tension causes infighting amongst the nations. As Superman tries to ease tension, Mongol leaves... and then Supes leaves too because Mongol is about to attack Earth! The United Planets will survive though... - Someone from the inaugural meeting of the United Planets sent video home to Earth where Superman declared himself the representative for Earth. In the all-too-real and totally crappy way that things work, people in positions of power start losing it. "Who made him speak for all of us?" and such. DEO/FBI agent Veronica Bissette tracks down Lois and issues the ultimatum. There will be no punishment, but this is the last time Clark, Lois, or Jon can ever screw up or there will be consequences. And the entire time this conversation is taking place, Superman is fighting Mongol on Venus, having diverted him from Earth. - Clark has a lot on his mind, so he goes to see Dr. Fate, where they have a kind of a therapy session. Superman needs someone to talk to about his issues. Their session is interrupted by Xanadoth, the original Lord of the Lords of Chaos, who had been recently released from his prison accidently by Agent Bissette. Together they are able to re-contain him, but the Agent has glowing eyes in the hospital, so I am sure we haven't seen the last of him. - The latter half of the book deals with Synmar, an alien being (also the name of the race and the planet he is from) who's prime function is to stop Kryptonians from being exposed to yellow suns. Knowing that it boosts their power dramatically, he heads off to Earth to stop Superman. Once they are able to show each other that Clark is not a threat, the Synmar get his help to stop a baddie on their planet. and with this Volume, Bendis' run on Superman ends. Good while it lasted, but eager to see where Superman goes heading into Future State, especially after all his changes in Death Metal. Recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Greg Callahan

    I first started reading comics a decade ago, sticking solely to DC's New 52 and Rebirth before finally branching out, just a few years ago, into the Marvel world of the past where I first discovered Brian Michael Bendis and fell in love with his quirky and a little too wordy writing style. And when I heard he was coming to DC Comics I was ecstatic. That said, I've found his run on Superman and Action Comics to be a little lackluster. There've been good moments, but this last volume here has been I first started reading comics a decade ago, sticking solely to DC's New 52 and Rebirth before finally branching out, just a few years ago, into the Marvel world of the past where I first discovered Brian Michael Bendis and fell in love with his quirky and a little too wordy writing style. And when I heard he was coming to DC Comics I was ecstatic. That said, I've found his run on Superman and Action Comics to be a little lackluster. There've been good moments, but this last volume here has been quite disappointing and a little confusing to get through. Specifically the Mythological arc where Superman spends a lot of time talking to himself about how he doesn't want to just punch and punch his unknown opponent - a never-bef0re-encountered alien (at least for Superman, I guess) named Synmar Utopica - yet in the end finishes the fight by doing just that. It felt like a half-hearted story without much creative drive behind it. That said, still excited for Bendis's continued run in the DC Comics world, this was but a small dip on the path, I'm sure. The saving aspect of this volume for me was the artwork by Ivan Reis. I liked Kevin Maguire's artwork, as well, but Reis' was what really pleased the eye. I don't know, I'm not really one to critique the artwork for, as long as it's compelling and beautiful, which it nearly always is, I've nothing to complain about. They make the medium superb.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I do not understand why Supes keeps saying ‘my truth’ rather than ‘the truth’ regarding revealing his identity but it’s annoying, distracting and nonsensical. It’s also repeated. A lot. The whole rando alien attacks because he was created in Supermans image and is pissed about it story was very boring and a weak ending. After Bendis take on Jon, Damien, Superman lore and ‘my truth’ I cannot tell you how thankful I am this is over. (Very. I’m very thankful)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

    What an enjoyable ride with Bendis' vision of Superman. We all know Bendis gets paid per word but his story points were smooth and well thought out. Reis art were flowing as any great movie, perfect for the story. What an enjoyable ride with Bendis' vision of Superman. We all know Bendis gets paid per word but his story points were smooth and well thought out. Reis art were flowing as any great movie, perfect for the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Hoerner

    After struggling to make it through Legion of Superheroes this was a nice reminder of the quality of Bendis' writing After struggling to make it through Legion of Superheroes this was a nice reminder of the quality of Bendis' writing

  14. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    I really loved the character moments.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trey

    Really enjoyed the moments dealing with Superman's personal life more than the action. Not a fan of the new baddie, but I like the interactions with his coworkers, Lana, and Lois. Really enjoyed the moments dealing with Superman's personal life more than the action. Not a fan of the new baddie, but I like the interactions with his coworkers, Lana, and Lois.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Metemi

    The story is really awesome.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tad

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dorris

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Smith

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vangelis Kritikos

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nick Zambrano

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Wirth

  29. 5 out of 5

    Xavier Marturet

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Wright

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