Superman #15

Superman #15

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 2, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
6.4Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

The "H'EL ON EARTH" crossover event continues!

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jan 3, 2013

    Artist Kenneth Rocafort also does some stellar work in this issue, particularly in his renderings of Lex, whose diabolical expressions give Hannibal Lector a run for his money. His Superman, as always, looks awesome, as well as the Justice League, who makes an appearance at the end to help out against his assault on H'el. Quite simply, I can't praise this book enough. It went from merely being “okay” to becoming one of the best DC titles, since Lobdell and Rocafort took over. Without any reservations or second thoughts, I can't give it anything less than a 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - T. A. Ewart Jan 3, 2013

    It's great that Lobdell is being inclusive of what is happening outside of Superman, but to be frank, now that Superman seems to have its act together, I'd rather read stories concerned with the character and his adventures, instead of having everyone fit in. The backstory between Luthor and Superman is more interesting than the current storyline, as is the scar on his back that is as yet unexplained. We should have more time for bringing Superman fully into the light, and less guest appearances that detract from that. Lodbell and Rocafort seem up to the task. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 4, 2013

    It isn't a perfect issue. It is better. But there isn't Clark here, or Lois, or Supergirl. And as those have been some of the biggest weaknesses of this book, I am not surprised that this read a little better. Unfortunately, this cliffhanger means we are going to see Supergirl vs. the JLA. And at some point, H'El must be partially successful because we know  from the zero issues that the super-family end up on an intact Krypton. How do they get there? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Jul 19, 2013

    This was a brilliant issue, and although it doesn't progress the H'el on Earth storyline much it was still a fabulous issue. I would highly recommend this issue, as well as the other issues of Superman, Lobdell's wrote, and am looking forward to the next part of H'el on Earth. Although you don't need to buy Superboy #15 to understand this issue, I'd still recommend it, as it shows why Superboy's wearing Superman's Kryptonian Armour, and was a decent comic in it's own right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 6, 2013

    While I still cannot get into this new characterization of Superman and his "family," I still hold out hope that this coming summer's Man of Steel feature film will finally convince DC Comics to put the effort into Superman's comic book titles that they are finally putting into Batman's as far as quality storytelling goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 3, 2013

    Superman #15 is an interesting read if you're curious about Lex Luthor in the present day. Other than that, Superman and Superboy are not written as themselves, and it's very off-putting. As much as I disagree with how Kon-El has been handled up to this point, it's even more frustrating to see all the character development go out the window in the name of a shaky crossover. I usually like Kenneth Rocafort's artwork, but here, even his beautiful pencilling gets dragged down by the weight of the dialogue. For an event that's felt rushed and half-asked since it started, Superman #15 hits the brakes hard and provides more of an interlude than anything else. It's not terrible, but there's simply not a lot going on. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 2, 2013

    Scott Lobdell was wise to bring in Lex since his presence gives us a break from page after page of Super-people talking nonsense at each other. That said, the "banter" between him and Superman degrades to a "look how clever I am" competition, making me wish Lex's involvement amounted to more than a seven page conversation that neither advances the main plot or teaches us anything new about H'el. It really makes me wonder if Lobdell didn't just get done watching The Dark Knight, Skyfall, and Silence of the Lambs and think that his story should also have a scene where the good guy visits the bad guy in jail. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Jason Motes Jan 4, 2013

    So overall, this is a decent comic, but I would never call it a must-read. Great art plus okay writing… Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Jan 7, 2013

    From the cover, one would guess that this is a book about Lex Luthor, but it isn't. It isn't a book about anyone, and this is part of the problem. A showdown between Luthor and Superman is always interesting, but Superman #15 fails to capitalize on this established history, and what's left is a comic that meanders from moment to moment without every truly moving the story forward. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Alex J. Jan 5, 2013

    Although not as bad as the Supergirl and Superboy issues, this comic merely continues what has thus far proven to be a failed story arc. In fact, the reason why this issue is better than the rest is probably due to the fact that He’l doesn’t even show up in this one. However, even the absence of this unimaginative character seems not to be enough to save this comic. Read Full Review

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