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Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore! [Hardcover]

Dennis O'Neil , Curt Swan , Murphy Anderson
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27 Mar 2009 Superman
The world's most famous superhero, Superman's adventures protecting Metropolis have thrilled readers worldwide for over sixty years! Superman's world is turned upside down when all the world's Kryptonite is destroyed! But that leaves The Man of Steel anything but invulnerable as his powers slowly begin to fade...and a doppelganger Superman arrives on the scene with strange powers of its own. Can the World's Greatest Hero solve the mystery of the disappearing element and save himself? Legendary writer Dennis O'Neil ("Batman") and classic Superman artist Curt Swan present this classic tale, presented in a gorgeous, hardcover library edition!

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (27 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848562209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848562202
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,666,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denny O'Neil was for years a group editor at DC Comics and the guiding force behind the Batman mythos during the '80s and '90s, helping to return the character to his roots as a dark and mysterious gothic avenger. He has also penned, amongst others, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Daredevil, The Hulk, Green Lantern and Superman. Curt Swan was the artist on Superman for over three decades, prior to his death in 1996, drawing the daily Superman comic as well as his longer-form comics adventures.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superman revamp that never entirely took 15 Mar 2009
It has been postulated that comic book series need refreshing for every new generation, and so it is that many of the major icons are revamped on a regular basis. Superman, the most iconic of all superheroes, has been revamped numerous times to varying degrees of success.
When Julius Schwartz assumed the editorial reigns of the Superman titles in 1971, he charged a young Denny O'Neil with just such a task. O'Neil is quoted at the time asking how he could write stories about a hero who "could destroy a galaxy by listening hard", and to that end he set about both depowering the Man of Steel, and removing the crutch Kryptonite (a widely abused substance in the preceding two decades) had become to lazy writers.
The removal of Kryptonite was achieved immediately - in a perfunctory manner - at the start of `Kryptonite Nevermore'. An experiment in using Kryptonite as a new power source (1970's concerns with the environment, and its abuse, are prevalent throughout the storyline) goes wrong (as these things have a wont to do), instead transforming all Kryptonite on Earth to harmless iron. Superman is suitably elated. Now he is unbeatable, his one major irritant removed.
O'Neil's Superman is a proud, and boastful, defender of mankind, so O'Neil has to set about bringing him back down to earth. Another result of the explosion that changed Kryptonite to iron, was the release of an `unformed creature' from a parallel dimension, that slowly assumes Superman's appearance and powers, and this doppelganger would continue to haunt Superman for the year that O'Neil was to write the character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pity about the reproduction quality 2 May 2013
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These issues of superman are a great read and show superman as a more fallible and realistic hero - in some respects these have not been bettered except perhaps by John Byrne and his 1980s revamp.

My only gripe is the reproduction. Having just read the wonder woman TPB reprints from the late 60s early 70s with vibrant colours, I cannot understand why DC chose to reprint these issues with a yellow hue, especially in a hardback volume. So I have to disagree with the previous reviewers comments about the reproduction quality. .
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good story gets a horrible treatment 6 Feb 2009
By Brian Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
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DC's archive editions are usually good quality products. They're definitely overpriced for the 8 issues you usually get in each, but the colors are good and vibrant. In this new DC Comics Classic Library series, things are completely different.

"Kryptonite Nevermore" was a multi-part adventure in Superman's comic book where Kryptonite gets changed to normal iron through a freak accident. Now Superman apparently has no weaknesses (other than magic), and this leads to a few good adventures before a new Superman steps into the picture to cause problems for the old one.

The covers are done by Neal Adams, which makes them beautiful pieces of art, but the colors of this edition are horrible! They are washed out and aren't even up to par with the original Silver Age comics they are based on. While doing that in a paperback reprint might be excusable, charging a premium "Archive Edition" price for this hardcover reprint while giving us sub-par quality isn't.

I had pre-ordered a couple of the upcoming Classic Library editions, but after seeing the quality of this one I'm canceling the order. Maybe this was just a freak accident for the first time out, but if DC doesn't improve the coloring process this will be a short-lived Library.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Reprint 17 Feb 2009
By David Keith - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a great story and art, but this reprint edition is just terrible. I've never ever seen a reprint with worse color. Everything is weirdly yellowish orange. Nearly unreadable. I had pre-ordered the others in this line but have canceled my orders. Save your money. Don't buy this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got it cheaply 2 Mar 2009
By Raymond W. Neal - Published on Amazon.com
Talk about a major disappointment. I have wanted to read this storyline for years but never could find affordable copies in decent condition. I picked this up for considerably less than the cover price at a convention and once I removed the shrinkwrap was glad that I didn't even pay half MSRP. As noted in other reviews, the coloring is very substandard and the art really needed some restoration. There area some pages that honestly looked like a bad photocopy of the original comic. One thing to note: Unlike many folks out there, I prefer this matte paper and subdued coloring that would be closer to the original over the glossy paper and bright colors of a typical DC Archive. This effort really is not up to what I was expecting and had I paid anything close to $40 for it I would be really sore. I hope they correct these issues for the next volumes in the series.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised... 22 Feb 2009
By Ralph Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
I too was a bit surprised at the print quality when I opened the book. I was expecting brighter, crisper-looking pages.

However, like another reviewer mentioned, it was indeed "much truer to the originals". Like him, I am also quite sentimental, having had issue #233 before. It was great to finally read the story in its entirety.

I was a little anxious, and got my copy from the local Books-a-Million --so I paid the full cover price. I will indeed be getting the other editions later, but I'll order them from Amazon at a better, reduced price.

To sum up, if you want to collect some "classic" stories (printed in the "classic, original style"), I would recommend this. If you're looking for reprints with "cleaner, richer colors", stick with the archive editions.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inispired Storytelling Nevermore! 30 Aug 2010
By Kevin Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish to address in this review what some other critics seem to point out. It's been some time now since DC Comics reprints its vintage comics in collections as close as possible to the paper quality of the time it was originally published. For someone like me who never had the chance to experience these vintage comics as they were originally presented is a treat I wish other comic companies would follow suit. However considering the cover price it is a non-deal for most people as sure as hell it was for me. Thank goodness Amazon offers it for a good price.

Now, let's review the comics reprinted withing this collection. Features Superman #233-238,240-242 all written by Dennis O'Neil of Batman fame and features art by Curt Swan & Murphy Anderson who defined Superman's look for this era in which these comics were published. Let me start by addressing the art which is impressive and quite expressive, almost photo realistic for it's time. It has aged quite well in my opinion. Now has for the stories themselves I am actually surprised to learn that O'Neil doesn't look back too fondly on his assignment writing Superman and even surprise that his time on the book is considered to be a staple for the character. Now the stories told herein aren't necessarily impressive or attention-calling by modern standards of comic storytelling but they have a certain flair like most of Superhero comics of its time that most stories today lack which is this fun-filled aura around them. I having discovered comics in the past five years I am quite interested in this period of comics what collectors called the Bronze Age. I wish that there were more collections of Superman's adventures of this era out there.

Bottom line, if you like yesterday's comic stories or are merely intrigued by it as I was, then by all means give this collection as shot. Let me assure you it's well worth the purchase.
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