Superman #30

Superman #30

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Ken Lashley Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 23, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
4.5Critic Rating
5.2User Rating

Every man, woman and child in Smallville has suddenly fallen into a coma while the citizens of the Bottled City of Kandor begin to rise again. Meanwhile, Superman has his hands full as Doomsday cuts a swath of destruction through the heart of the earth itself!

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Apr 23, 2014

    For longtime readers this is a lot of well worn exposition with many unanswered questions but for newbies who are jumping on Superman for the Doomed crossover you'll get a great understanding behind the mythos of the Man of Steel. All in all a very solid issue and one well suited to lay the foundation for the upcoming event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 May 8, 2014

    There is a lot built up. And from these foundations, it's very possible that something amazing can happen. At the same time, none of those three prelude issues were really good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Apr 23, 2014

    Considering it's only $2.99, I'd say it's worth checking out for these very interested in Superman's current mythos and the upcoming event. For everyone else, you'll probably be okay just diving in with the first official chapter when Doomed drops. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Apr 23, 2014

    This issue of Superman does a pretty solid job of setting up the events for the next crossover. It would have been nice to have less narration, but Lobdell still managed to keep it an interesting read. Ed Benes continues to amaze with every issue he does and this will probably not stop any time soon. This is a good tandem on this book that will hopefully deliver an excellent story for readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 24, 2014

    Superman #30 offers yet another prelude to the imminent Doomed crossover. Unfortunately, this issue seems more interested in setting up plot points than telling a cohesive story, and it jumps from beat to beat with little in the way of transitions or grace. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 25, 2014

    As prelude issues go, this one is pretty dull. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jay Bamberhil Apr 24, 2014

    The highlight of the book was the art.Ed Benes' pencils were very strong and I did find myself spend a lot of time looking at the panels. The cover, by Andy Kubert, is strange in that nothing remotely close to the picture happens in the book. I wouldn't recommend this issue in general, and it makes me look even more forward to Geoff Johns coming onboard.Overall this issue felt as though it had different writers (even though Lobdell is the only writer) because it was a hodgepodge of so many different stories and styles. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We The Nerdy - Guilherme Jacobs Apr 24, 2014

    Superman #30 lacks a good story progression, feels completely random in its structure and does little to help the book. I admire some of the ideas and premises Lobdell has thrown in his time writing the character, but I can't say I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 25, 2014

    Superman #30 is a busy book.  Scott Lobdell throws so much at the reader you'd think he's rushing towards a major event or leaving the book...or both.  The ideas may be good, it's just hard to get a grasp on them before they disappear for the next one.  If you must read every prelude to Doomed, go for it.  If you are on the fence, you can skip this one and just wait until the event starts in a couple of weeks. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 23, 2014

    I'm enjoying the other Superman family comics right now, and since "Superman" #30 was supposed to lead directly into "Superman: Doomed" I thought it was worth a try. But at this point, the new creative team in June can't get here fast enough. If you're in the same situation, I'd just pass on this issue entirely. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Apr 29, 2014

    Superman #30 is another very, very sub-par issue in Scott Lobdell's rather terrible run on the title. The plot is paper thin, the characters are pale imitations of how they're written in other titles across the New 52, and the overuse of narration boxes sucks any fun out of reading the issue. Superman should be one of DC's flagship titles, but under Lobdell's hand, it's sunk to one of the worst in their lineup. Hopefully, the incoming new creative team and turn things around. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 30, 2014

    I just think this was something of a jumbled mess, jumping from subplot to subplot with no transitions or linking of any kind. Some scenes, like the opening one, are simply too long. That story hook of innocents dying could have been done in one page. Other scenes, like crop circles and the Eradicator, are meaningless, not adding much to the story ... or at least adding in a way that is comprehensible. Add to that a Superman that is disliked by the Army even in the face of a disaster and a Clark that insults his friends. It is rough. In fact, the only subplot worth checking out is the Lois subplot. But to chew on that, I have to simply forget pieces of that subplot that have been lingering for a while now. I can't forget that the 'Twenty' died as misshapen beings. I can't figure out how Lois doesn't know Clark is Superman. And her current situation makes the Parasite issue (remember when Superman risked Lois' life to protect his interests?) even worse than when I read it! Read Full Review

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