Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 243 6
Available 24 March 2006

The Man of Steel has been taken over by Maxwell Lord, the sinister leader behind Checkmate and one of the main causes of the troubles facing Earth's metahuman community. Superman is forced to hallucinate, believing Brainiac, Darkseid and Ruin are threatening his loved ones when in actuality, it's he who is causing the rampant destruction that threatens to kill some of his closest friends...

Sacrifice is another one of the Countdown to Infinite Crisis series of graphic novels. While I know what this collection is all about and what it's building up to, I can't help but feel that it's a bit of a pointless exercise grouping them all under this title. Casual readers may not know what Countdown to Infinite Crisis is all about and, not wanting to join a series part way through, pass up the chance to read a strong Superman tale as a consequence.

This collection sees Superman battling it out with all manner of his deadliest foes, only after a while it becomes obvious that something isn't right. We get to see what is really going on, while the Man of Steel is still oblivious to what is really happening to him.

A word of warning. Don't read the blurb on the back of this collection. I've reprinted it above, edited so as not to spoil one of the surprises. It's nothing major, but there are a good few panels where you are unsure of who Superman has critically injured.

I loved the dilemma that Wonder Woman was faced with. And given the same situation I think most of us would do the same and live with the consequences - who knows how many other innocent civilians would have perished if she had not done what she did.

At the end of the day, this is another well conceived Superman graphic novel, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully presented.

Nick Smithson

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