Superman #14

Superman #14

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

Following events in this months SUPERGIRL #14 and SUPERBOY #14! Its their worst nightmare: A creature of unknown Kryptonian origin, more powerful than Superman, smarter than Supergirl and more lethal than Superboy. His actions will change the course of a planets fate!

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 29, 2012

    It's anyone's guess where Lobdell is going with this series, but I do know that I'm enjoying his work, so far. I've actually been a fan of his since Red Hood and the Outlaws (which continues to be excellent), as well as artist Kenneth Rocafort, who is doing just as a phenomenal job here as he did on that title. These two were just the shot in the arm Superman needed. Supposedly, there are some big changes coming for Superman in January, which will take the series and the character in a new direction. I have to say, I haven't been this excited for Superman in quite a while. I give this comic a 10/10 and it deserves every ounce of the praise. Bring on issue #15! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Dec 2, 2012

    Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Dec 3, 2012

    Superman is certainly a book written in detention at the Chris Claremont School of Writing -- loads of third-person caption boxes, thought bubbles, three footnotes on a single page (!) and relationship drama that sets up who these characters are before people stop punching. It's superhero comic books as superhero comic books, written as if the Jim Shooter era never ended. It's decidedly a comic written by someone who wants to write a comic book -- not one by a failed screenwriter or someone who wishes he was writing a creator-owned series that the market refuses to support. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - T. A. Ewart Nov 30, 2012

    This issue will make two in a row, at least for me, and here's why: Lobdell seems to understands Superman. I'm shocked to say it myself, especially after the god-awful way that he wrote Superboy, but if you doubt my words, there's plenty in the issue to argue for this premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Dec 2, 2012

    Superman seems up against getting his cousin to trust him again, as well as dealing with the threat of H'el; who I really like as a villain. This crossover event is going at a great pace and I am looking forward to reading more of it in Supergirl #14 later this month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Jan 2, 2013

    I have to praise this book for bringing Superman back as a viable character to me. I was turned off at the start of the New 52 to the character, by both this title andAction Comics, but this is making me look again. Which is definitely a good thing. And since it's 2 issues in a row, now, having me take a glance that means more than a simple one-off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Dec 23, 2012

    This was an amazing issue and a perfect way to start the Superman section of H'el on Earth. I would highly recommend this to everyone, and if you read Superboy or Supergirl I'd recommend trying out this issue, as it continues both series brilliantly. It's also a great starting point for new fans, and the perfect place for older fans who lost faith in the series prior to Lobdell joining returning. I for one am looking forward to seeing what H'el has in store for Superman, Supboy, and Supergirl in their respective series, and if this will come back to this series, like it did with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Dec 1, 2012

    I'm still making up my mind about H'el. He seems to be a potentially great bad guy, but there's still some inconsistencies in his motives, which is fine. That's the way it should be this early in the story. But I'll be happy to see Lex Luthor putting his claws back into the story next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Jason Motes Dec 2, 2012

    All in all, a satisfying read with lovely artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Dec 1, 2012

    H'el, of course, shows up after a few pages, still carting an unconscious Superboy around, and making cryptic references to resurrecting Krypton. We get a hefty slugfest with H'el and Superman and H'el just keeps unveiling new powers. But once again, I'm not sure that reading the first two chapters of this crossover were necessary for regular Superman readers and structurally, it's virtually the same as the other two. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Dec 10, 2012

    What's missing is why anyone should care. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Nov 28, 2012

    This is a pretty issue. Rocafort delivers making all the characters in this book look really pretty, but he does fail in giving these characters a setting by not adding much to the backgrounds. There is a lot of empty space surrounding the panels and it feels like he doesn't make very good use of the pages.I think the premise for this story and this crossover is interesting. I think having a character that is connected to all three -- Superman, Supergirl and Superboy -- through lineage is a good idea and it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. And while I think the premise is interesting and the story is well structured and well organized, I did have some issues with the portrayals of certain characters and the dialogue in this comic. I think it reflected poorly on characters like Superman and I did expect more from him than what we saw here. Overall, if you are looking to jump into this cross-over, then this is definitely an issue you will want to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Nov 28, 2012

    The art by Kenneth Rocafort is a mixed bag. A few pages have too much white space, and several of his character drawings have loose linework, but his realistic style works most of the time. I like the way he draws civilian clothing, especially Clark's spot-on old fashioned short shorts. Trouble comes when the action kicks in during the latter half and his images begin to look static, therefore failing to convey the intended motion. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 28, 2012

    I understand that there was no way to know that the media would latch on so strongly to "Superman" #13 and Clark quitting the Daily Planet. But it feels like a real shame that no sooner did it happen than the book zoomed off in a different direction for several months. It certainly feels like Lobdell and Rocafort would rather tell that story. I tend to agree. "H'el on Earth" is, for now, off to a less than interesting start. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 30, 2012

    And we didn't learn anything new about H'El in this issue. What is his plan?What exactly are his powers? Why leave when he did? We are three issues into H'El. I'll try to remain hopeful. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 28, 2012

    Lobdell clearly has chops, but they're being forced in the wrong direction. Scott Lobdell can make us care about the Man of Steel, even if his dialogue occasionally can be ham-fisted and over the top. But we need human stakes and smoother, more linear storytelling to get us to that point. Superman has survived street fight after street fight, and unfortunately, people haven't cared any more about him. But if you give us a glimpse into the heart and soul behind those otherworldly eyes " I'm looking at you, Lois " and you'll find that the Man of Steel and his extended family have plenty of fans left. But right now, without something for readers to resonate with, H'el on Earth doesn't feel like a knockout " it just feels like a dud. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    First Comics News - Mathew Szewczyk Nov 30, 2012

    At this point the series is just spinning its wheels, probably waiting for yet another reboot, and it is a shame that such a flagship title such as this has fallen so far. Oh, and if for some reason you enjoy this issue you will have to pick up Superboy #15 and Supergirl #15 as the story continues in those books as well. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Alex J. Nov 30, 2012

    As was stated above, it takes very talented and extraordinary writing to make a good Superman story. Unfortunately, H’el on Earth has so far proven to lack this integral ingredient, and there doesn’t seem to be much hope that this story will improve. Read Full Review

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