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Superman goes Post-Crises,
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This review is from: Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 1 (Kindle Edition)
Okay, I've been looking for an 'in' road to reading DC and thought the New 52 would be it. Boy was I wrong. Don't misunderstand me though, there are some great titles among them, but there still seems to be a whole bunch of back story I feel I'm missing. So finally I decided to go back to the first big shake up. The Crises on Infinite Earths event. It was big, it was confusing, with hundreds of characters I didn't know anything about. But you know what, it didn't matter, because by the end everything fitted into place and I had some routes for various characters and some solid leads to titles I could read. Man of Steel is one of them, and boy is it a great way to get into Superman comics for a newbie. Byrne's stories are well crafted and really help get you into the characters and events without too much exposition. Dick Giordano's art is crisp but warm and feel like a nod to the Christopher Reeve films. The selection of issues available here are a great introduction and include some brilliant 'firsts' such as: The first meeting with Lois Lane and the other Daily Planet staffers such as Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, that first fateful duel of wits with Lex Luther, an initial skirmish/Team-Up with Batman, the creation of Bizarro Superman and Clark's first clues to his true parentage. I think the final story is my favorite, this is because of the characterization of Lana Lang, Clark's treatment of her and how she has dealt with it really show Superman/Clark in a different light, he really isn't perfect and has made mistakes, the life Lana has lead since he left Smallville and ditched her is quite heartbreaking. If there is a misstep, it shows itself in the form of Lex Luther, there is just something a little off about the way he has been presented here. He doesn't quite fit the arch-Nemesis role yet, but this is only a very minor sour note in an excellent first act. I am most certainly looking forward to more in Vol. 2.