The Man of Steel - Vol 2

Authors: John Byrne and Marv Wolfman
Artists: John Byrne and Jerry Ordway
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99
ISBN 1 84023 679 5
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Metropolis's new champion must defend his adopted city from the threat of Metallo while at the same time keeping his civilian identity secret from the man who runs the city - billionaire businessman Lex Luthor. Along the way he meets television journalist Cat Grant - a reporter who's more interested personally in Clark Kent than in his alter ego. And if that wasn't enough, after crossing paths with the Teen Titans and the Phantom Stranger, Superman must journey to Apokolips to confront the ultimate evil - Darkseid...

In 1986, on the eve of Superman's 50th birthday, DC Comics engineered a dramatic revamping of the character, along with his friends, his foes, and his city. Now, for the first time, the early chapters of Superman's dramatic relaunch are collected in this paperback release.

While this is obviously not really going to appeal to anyone other than Superman fans, there is a lot to recommend this collection. The writing steps up a notch (by Superman standards) and the artwork has an almost retro feel to it.

Unfortunately, Lex Luthor and the rest of Metropolis are still as thick as ever! Even when confronted with the fact that Superman and Clark Kent are one in the same... Luthor refuses to believe it! Hello! They are identical! Although, to be fair, they do a good job of explaining why no one has ever really seen a picture of Superman's face.

Sadly these reprints are simply the same quality as the original comics with a glossy cover attached. It would have been great (although I'm not sure how feasible this would be) to have reprinted them on better quality paper and used the original artwork to run better colour copies than the ink dot mess that is offered.

A worth addition to any Superman fan's collection.

Pete Boomer

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