I don't read many comics, and the ones I do aren't really set in the mainstream DC or Marvel universes ,though I have read a few. I've had an interest in the comic character of Superman since the Justice League animated show and had always wanted to give it a shot. I had heard that this was one of the greater Superman comic stories and finally decided to give it a shot and it did not disappoint.
The story pits Supes against a new group of young "edgy" metahumans that believe killing is the best solution and collateral damage doesn't matter. The story that follows is a great example of why superheroes don't kill villains plus how noble a person Superman can really be. It was all really enjoyable and cleverly written to give all the moments of the story a really strong impact.
I do have a few issues with the story however. There are some plot elements that confused me as a comic newbie, like what was that golden pool Superman put his face into? The bigger issue I have is that the story seems so short. I am very impressed by how much character development, action and plot the writer covered in only 40 pages, but in the end I just feel like there should have been more. More development for all the elites, more of Superman starting to doubt his place, maybe even see how the other superheroes see these events. Again the fact that so much was put into the book's short length without it feeling rushed is a true testament to the writer's skill, but I wouldn't ha ave mined if this story was in two parts.
In the end it's a pretty darn fantastic Superman story.
Also I think the Men in Black team up with E.T. at one point, which was kind of awesome.
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Complete SeriesAction Comics (1938-2011)
- ASIN : B00CIGXT70
- Publisher : DC (January 31, 2001)
- Publication date : January 31, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 44879 KB
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- Print length : 39 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,785 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2018
A superb story that captures not only the raw power of Superman but also the more important aspect of the character - that it's his moral stance, not his power that truly makes him a hero. The ends do not always justify the means.
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2014
"What's so Funny about Truth. Justice, and the American Way?" Some people consider this to be the best Superman story ever written. I don't, but it's a valuable reference showing why Superman must never kill (Zack Snyder and J. Michael Straczinsky, take note), as he has to deal with " Superman vs. The Elite ," a parody of The Authority Vol. 1 . This story is also available here Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told: v. 1 (Titan) .