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Paul Cornell
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8 Feb 2012 Superman (DC Comics)
Now in trade paperback! When Lex Luthor finally regained control of LexCorp, he thought he had everything he wanted. But in BLACKEST NIGHT, he briefly became an Orange Lantern and got a taste of true power. Now he'll do anything to get that power back. Buckle in for a greatest hits tour of the DCU's most wanted - including an appearance by The Sandman's big sister, Death! - as Lex Luthor begins an epic quest for power in stories from ACTION COMICS #890-895, brought to you by writer Paul Cornell (Dr. Who, Captain Britain And MI-13)!

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (8 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"One heck of an entertaining series"--Time/Techland"Flippant and fun"--Comics Alliance

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Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama, Dr. Who fiction and as the creator of one of the Doctor's spin-off companions. He has written for other television dramas including Robin Hood, Primeval, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street. His comics work includes ACTION COMICS, KNIGHT & SQUIRE, STORMWATCH and DEMON KNIGHTS for DC Comics, as well as Captain Britain and MI-13, Black Widow: Deadly Origin and Dark X-Men for Marvel Comics.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
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This is a graphic novel that follows on from the events in the epic Blackest Night series, and although it isn't essential to read all of those books (as there is a little introduction on the inner sleeve), it would give some background to this book.
In essence, Lex Luthor has tasted the power of an Orange power ring and although he no longer has that ring to bring him the power he craves, he is desperate to get his hands on another ring and become the person he feels he should have always been.
This book deals with his thought-processes on this matter - and is an excellent insight into the mind of Lex Luthor.
There is plenty to like in this book. It has an excellent line up of characters - Vandal Savage, Gorilla Grodd, Deathstroke, Neil Gaiman's Death and even a robot Lois Lane! All of them have good coverage and are handled well within the main storyline, though it has to be said, that Lex is the star of the show!
The main omission from this book is Superman himself. And this is where this book is quite similar to Luthor. So, if you liked that book and it's premise, then you will definitely enjoy this graphic novel! This book takes it one step further though. Whereas Luthor, by Azzarello at least shows the Man of Steel, this book doesn't show him at all! I liked that concept a lot, and it definitely gives you a greater insight into Luthor's character. When Superman and Lex clash in other books, Luthor doesn't really have the depth he deserves and this book rectifies that well.
The one thing i would say about this book that makes me give it a high score, is the fact that it is actually enjoyable to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giant-sized super-villain team-up 25 Jun 2013
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This storyline - `The Black Ring' - runs through Action Comics #890-900, Annual #13 and Secret Six #29, and is collected in two volumes - Superman - The Black Ring v1 - which contains Action Comics #890-895, and Superman - The Black Ring (Vol. 2) which contains Action Comics #896-900, Annual #13 and Secret Six #29. Action Comics #900 also happens to be the `middle' episode of the Superman Return Of Doomsday TP / Superman: Reign of Doomsday TP storyline over in the `Superman ` comic, and is included at the beginning of the latter of the two Doomsday titles.

This story traces the rise of Lex Luthor, from billionaire industrialist super-scientific villain to godhood and beyond, as he sets off on a journey to collect a number of mysterious artefacts which represent the remaining traces of the `black energy' of the Black Lanterns from the Blackest Night event - in which Luthor became a member of the Orange Lantern Corps. Accompanied by a robot Lois Lane, built using Brainiac technology salvaged from a previous story, and some sycophantic assistants, and Deathstroke the Bodyguard, he encounters on his journey the villainous caterpillar Mr Mind (or at least numerous clones thereof); Gorilla Grodd - "Kneel before Grodd!"; Death (of the Eternals) - "Are you looking for the scythe? Or the skis? Sorry to disappoint you. Its just me". "Are you telling me Death is a teenage girl?" Remember to make a mental note of the magical singing pony for later on, by the way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lex the Lantern 16 Jun 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Were you reading every Superman story arc in 2010/11? How about the Blackest Night storyline? `Cos I wasn't and didn't know I had to in order to understand this book! Apparently at some point in one of those arcs, Lex Luthor became an Orange Lantern (just saying that reminds me why I'm not into Green Lantern) and then he wasn't. The Black Lanterns and their Black Rings were apparently super-powerful but then went away, for some reason (I know, if I read Blackest Night, I'd probably know - maybe I will at some point).

This book opens with Superman off-world, on some quest - it's called Superman: The Black Ring, but he doesn't make a single appearance and instead Lex Luthor is the main character - while Lex plots to find a way of locating a Black Ring to become all-powerful and supplant Superman as saviour of Earth. Also, I have no idea when this happened but Lex created a Lois Lane android to be his personal assistant/girlfriend, which is just plain creepy especially as he has sex with it.

The book follows Lex's patchy quest across the planet for these large black spheres which are apparently energy residue of the Black Rings which will lead him to the Black Rings...? This is why I'm not into Green Lantern, it's too sci-fi crazy - imagine an imaginary concept, apply semi-real science to it, then add fantasy, and make it central to your story! That's modern sci-fi, and I don't get it.

On his journey he encounters some of DC's B and C-list characters like Deathstroke, Mister Mind (a psychic space caterpillar), Grodd (an intelligent, violent gorilla), Vandal Savage (an immortal), and Death (from Sandman - yeah, Neil Gaiman's cute goth chick!).
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative post-Blackest-Night Lex Luthor tale 7 April 2011
By G. Steirer - Published on
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Superman: The Black Ring, volume 1 collects Action Comics #890-895, all originally published in 2010. Continuity-wise, the story takes place after Blackest Night and the Superman: New Krypton saga, but overall it is fairly self-contained (in fact, it seems to ignore the events of New Krypton altogether). Like other recent DC hardcovers, the production quality is barely passable: medium-gloss paper, unfinished boards, and a sloppy application of glue (my copy makes a funny noise whenever opened--indicating insufficient glue along the interior cover). DC has also continued their practice of omitting issue numbers, which will annoy some serious collectors.

Story-wise, The Black Ring features a post-Blackest-Night Lex Luthor as the central protagonist, accompanied by an android Lois Lane. Together, they hunt the globe for residual "black ring" energy, in the process encountering Mister Mind, Gorilla Grodd, Vandal Savage, and even Death (from Neil Gaiman's Sandman). Deathstroke also makes a minor appearance. Paul Cornell's story is imaginative, compelling, and darkly funny--the freshest plot to grace a Superman book since Geoff Johns's Superman: Brainiac. The art, provided primarily by Pete Woods, fits the story well. His Luthor--seemingly modeled after Michael Rosenbaum's Luthor for Smallville--is a much more expressive and human-seeming Lex than is typical.

Ultimately, Superman: Black Ring is a must read for Superman fans and casual readers alike. If only DC could fix the quality of their hardbacks, this would be a perfect buy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very *shrug*-worthy. 6 Nov 2011
By J - Published on
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Being drawn back into comics by the 'Light Wars' of the Green Lantern series, I was very saddened when it ended. So many threads of characters to follow, so many stories that could happen which I knew would be overlooked, it's always a bit of a downer to see potential squandered. So I was elated when I found the story of Lex Luthor and the lingering effects of the Orange Light followed up on in the "Superman- Black Ring" tale.

Unfortunately, it's not all that good... I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

The story centers on everyone's favorite 'evil genius', good ol' Lex Luthor, and his quest to reclaim a semblance of the awesome power of the ring he held oh so briefly as an orange lantern deputy. With a little research he locates a trail of an odd energy left behind after the disappearance of all the black rings, one he believes may allow him to eventually create his own power ring. With android Lois and a trusty team of yes-men, Earth's mightiest Multi-billionaire sets out to study and seize the energy as his own.

From there it goes downhill. At times the tale takes some very quirky humor, giving a few good laughs. Several cameos from Slade to Death herself liven things up in entertaining ways. Unfortunately, these mirthful forays do little to alleviate the overall tedium of the work. The story drags on at a laborious pace, droning as if it has another 400 issues to see it's conclusion. Even the top-notch artwork, which has refreshingly little fan-service, doesn't help to improve the overall effect of the work.

A good story should have a reader turning pages in excitement, emotional, on edge, ready to see what happens next because they are involved, they care. This one had me turning pages to see if anything would ever happen, because it sadly didn't. If you're a big Luthor fan, it may have more to offer you, but for the same reason, it may not. Move ahead with caution.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, not so nice execution 8 May 2012
By Doctor Bob - Published on
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There are some interesting moments in this book, some characters that do fun and unexpected things (Grodd, Death, the Android Lois), and there is an underlying purpose to it all. Yet when I finished, I had the definite idea that this should be a three page introduction to a real book. Made me wish I had just bought part two, and read the summary of part one.

Maybe it's just that Lex Luthor, in the real superworld, would be a dead man rather quickly. He survives because super powered bad guys are extra stupid when they are around him (maybe he actually has a super power, making other people stupid, so he only seems really smart?).

Any way, I can't recommend this book. There are far better stories in which to invest your money out there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great and refreshing take on a classic villain 13 Aug 2011
By N. Durham - Published on
Paul Cornell did what very few comic book writers have managed to do: he's crafted a refreshing and great take on Lex Luthor. The arch-nemesis of Superman is the starring attraction here in this first volume of Superman: The Black Ring, which takes place after the cataclysmic events of Blackest Night. After becoming an Orange Lantern during those events, and subsequently losing his orange ring, Luthor decides to search the globe for any residual energy in the hopes that he can regain this vast power unlike anything he had ever experienced before. Along the way Lex has encounters with Vandal Savage, Gorilla Grodd, and even Neil Gaiman's famous character Death from his classic Sandman series, which in itself is worth the price of admission here. Throughout the story, Cornell manages to inject Luthor with the most personality and even a little bit of humanity as well, while keeping the unfolding events fun and plenty interesting throughout as well. Pete Woods' provides solid artwork as well, rounding out this nice little package. All in all, give Superman: The Black Ring a read, it's wholeheartedly worth your time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Found myself liking Lex Luthor a little bit. 20 Aug 2011
By Peter Faden - Published on
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So, this is a continuation of the Blackest Night, where, Lex Luthor, who was made into an Orange Lantern briefly to fight the Black Rings seeks to reclaim or capture the power of the Orange Lantern again. How he goes about his quest is to seek out any Black Rings remaining on Earth. If anything, Luthor becomes more of a sympathetic character...which is also why i knock one star off. Even though he is still ruthless, he is constantly also seeking the approval of his closest companions, and while strong, just comes across a bit weak. The whole point of the Orange Lanterns is unquenchable greed, not greed with certain restrictions or limitations, which is kind of what we get here (even though Lex doesnt still have a ring, one would assume the whole reason he got one to begin with was that his demeanor matched the color orange). That, plus, the title is Superman, but really, there aint much of the Man of Steel in this book at all.
So, good story, interesting, with excellent art and sympathetic characters, but just a little off.
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