September 13, 2004 | Trades
Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 3
John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway, Terry Austin, Dick Giordano, Karl Kesel, Mike Machlan
$30.95/$19.95 US (paperback)
*** (out of five)
It’s hard to believe it’s already been 18 years since Superman was brought down from his pedestal.
John Byrne’s more human, much more accessible Man Of Steel — a stark contrast to the near-flawless pre-1986 hero — was part of DC Comics’ bold new direction that has had lasting repercussions. This is the Superman that we still read.
And it’s great that the publisher decided to make these initial Superman tales — from Adventures Of Superman, Action Comics and Superman — back in the highly accessible form of trade paperbacks.
This third volume, collecting the second three issues of each of the post-relaunch series, sees Supes fighting alongside Hawkman and Hawkgirl, the Green Lantern Corps and with The Demon in tales by Byrne from Action Comics.
The Adventures of Superman stories, by Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway see the Man Of Steel taking on terrorism in the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Qurac, in a storyline that has eerie foreshadowing for the times we live in.
Finally, the stories from Superman’s flagship title see him rush off to South America to save Lois Lane from an alien threat hidden in an ancient temple. Don’t you just love the kitchy, retro way that sounds?
The Man Of Steel Vol. 3 is a fun flashback to the beginnings of the modern Superman and hopefully not the last in its line.