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Superman The Man Of Steel TP Vol 04 Paperback – 24 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (24 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204556
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.2 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Byrne has amassed a huge volume of work, both as writer and artist, covering major comic book characters, including Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Captain America and Wonder Woman. He has also won almost every major comic book award! Marv Wolfman has written a slew of titles for both DC and Marvel, including Batman, Action Comics, Tomb of Dracula, Crisis on Infinite Earths and the New Teen Titans. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 6 April 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best of the Byrne era Superman collections. Coming soon is the Supergirl saga which tops off Byrne's run and reenvisioning in grand style. In this collection we see how Byrne works his way around (with help from the very able Paul Levitz) one of the many continuity problems raised by the Crisis on Infinite Earths, namely how the Legion of Superheroes could be inspired by Superboy when he didn't exist. The result is a tale of time travel and treachery with an ultimate villian that might not stand up to intense scrutiny, but does make for an elegant answer to something that DC had not thought through when rebooting some of their shared universe titles.
Also included is Marv Wolfman's Circle saga with great art by Jerry Ordway and a rare piece of DC work by Erik Larsen of Savage Dragon fame and a guest appearance by the Metal Men.
The art is good, the heroes are human but heroic and the adventures are played out on an epic scale. This is what you think of, when you think super hero fiction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great for Legion fans 4 April 2008
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this volume, but being mainly a Marvel & Byrne fan, the Legion of Super-Heroes content probably appeals more to the longtime fans than it does to me. Byrne has 4 issues of content here- which is less than in previous editions.

Highlights here for me...
*Superman 7- Superman vs. Rampage; an orange, She-Hulkish monstrosity. A decent, single-issue battle.
*Action 590- The Man of Steel vs. the Metal Men. I liked this; in his Modern Masters interview, Byrne mentions he might be interested in working with the Metal Men in the future. This is like a preview to that possibility(!).
*Superman 8- Nice cover. My favorite of the Legion issues; it seems Rob Liefeld maybe created Badrock based partly on Blok?
*Adv. of Superman 431- Who knew Erik Larsen would turn up in a Man of Steel volume? I didn't! I actually kind of like this, in spite of the fact that it's obviously very quickly done. Great Reagan! The inking, also quickly done, is credited to India Inc. (That's cute.) Terry Austin is listed in the front of this paperback amongst the inkers, yet his name isn't in any individual issue. Mystery solved?

As I said: I like this volume. But I like edition 5 in this series so much more. The amount of Byrne content has everything to do with it.

Included in this volume:
*Superman #7- John Byrne writes & pencils; Karl Kesel inks
*Adv. of Superman #430- Marv Wolfman writes; Jerry Ordway pencils & inks
*Action Comics #590- John Byrne writes & pencils; Dick Giordano inks
*Legion of Super-Heroes #37- Paul Levitz writes; Greg LaRocque & Mike DeCarlo artists
*Superman #8- John Byrne writes & pencils; Karl Kesel inks
*Action Comics #591- John Byrne writes & pencils; Byrne & Keith Williams inks
*Legion of Super-Heroes #38- Paul Levitz writes; Greg LaRocque & Mike DeCarlo artists
*Adv. of Superman #431- Marv Wolfman writes; Erik Larsen pencils; India Inc. inks

P.S. The Grand Comics Database indicates that "India Inc." is really: John Beatty (pages 21, 22); Dick Giordano (pages 9, 16); Karl Kesel (pages 3, 7, 12, 13); Bob Lewis (pages 15, 19); Jerry Ordway (page 18); P. Craig Russell (pages 1, 2, 6, 8); Bob Smith (pages 10, 11, 14); Robert Ian (pages 4, 5); Bill Wray (pages 17, 20).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another winner by Byrne! 9 Jan. 2007
By Patrick D. Preston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
John Byrne does the best Superman ever!

In the mid-eighties, DC asked John Byrne, who had written a long run of The Fantastic Four, to revamp Superman, who was about fifty years old at the time. In what I would consider typical "Marvel style," Byrne added characterization and scientific explanation to the Superman mythos as he reinvented classic characters and retold their stories. His beautiful art work and excellent story-telling ability make these comics a JOY to read!

I would STRONGLY recommend that you purchase all FOUR volumes of John Byrne's Superman; each one picks up right where the last one left off. When I was finished reading them, I purchased the rest of Byrne's run on the Superman comics; they were that good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent stories of a slightly vulnerable Superman with guest appearances by other DC characters 19 Nov. 2011
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These Superman stories are a demonstration of how DC decided to revamp the Superman character after decades of being above it all to a persona that was much more modern. Lois Lane is no longer the admirer from afar, Clark Kent is no longer the incompetent man with the ladies and Superman actually shows some emotional vulnerability and weakness. These changes were largely successful, although some of the language has not matured.
The language is still often corny, Ma Kent uses the phrase "Land Sakes" and Superman says "Great Scott!!" when he is surprised. Other comic characters that appear are the Metal Men and some members of the Legion of Superheroes. Doc Magnus, the creator of the Metal Men is portrayed as being more emotionally unstable than in previous issues.
The longest story is one involving Superboy and Superman encountering each other through the machinations of the Time Trapper. He has manipulated multiple time lines to the point where Superboy must battle both the legionnaires and an alternate Superman. This Superman did not adopt the superhero persona until adulthood so he has no recollection of ever having been Superboy. The story is a complex weaving of storylines; it is at times confusing as the reader is initially unaware of the previous events.
Superman is a great comic book character, like Batman he improves with the exhibiting of human frailties. Siegel and Shuster used the vulnerabilities of Kryptonite and magic to make Superman vulnerable, but having the son of Krypton have a semblance of emotional frailties is much better.
Superman vs even more baddies 21 April 2010
By Joshua A. Pfannenstiel - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok lets just get this started. The "Man of Steel" volume 4 is good like the rest of the collection. The introduction of new characters such as Rampage, Krypto and Superboy and many others all fall into this volume. I have read these books in succession so it is nice to see the mention of previous events and certain battles or conversations. Superman battles an energized gigantic female named Rampage (could it be Lois or even Cat?) he has a encounter with a slimy foe from the past. and we get to see the introduction of Superboy and his powerful pooch Krypto. This books battles are a bit more forward than the previous volumes of the series which does not create as much depth as some will whine for however this was a long running series and in certain cases the writers just needed filler so they could have something happening while they worked on the next big battle of Supermans career. The story that everyone will be looking for in this book is the battle that pits Superman against Superboy, In my opinion that was probably the most interesting story of this volume and luckily it last for the equivalent of a couple issues. That was defiantely the most complex story arch that they had within volume 4, by no means does it mean that this volume is any less entertaining for Superman fans than the past volumes. I say that because some battles just do not have to have a complex plot point to be entertaining. The best part of Superman battles is not always how much damage is created but how he is able to understand a foes weakness after the battle has started and keep his mind level so that he can stop the danger before anyone is really in harm. I believe this volume illustrates that best in the earlier parts before the finale of Superboy and Superman.

As I have said before if you are a fan of Superman or enjoy good story telling then this book is a good pickup. I will always suggest that in a volumed set like this it is fun to read the previous volumes first and go chronologically from there.
5 stars Classic Superman Stories. The Superboy saga is ... 16 Jan. 2015
By Santiago Decaro - Published on Amazon.com
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5 stars

Classic Superman Stories. The Superboy saga is a must have.
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