Superman #43

Superman #43

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 26, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 12
6.3Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Before Truth: Supermans very existence is threatened, and Lois Lane must make the toughest choice of her life!

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Aug 27, 2015

    That all said, SUPERMAN #43 sounds like a mess, but it isn't"it's a victim of circumstance. It's three separate teams of creators trying and"through no fault of their own"failing to come together. They're working on a story arc that was handicapped out of the gate, and have been playing catch-up ever since. Their efforts to make the arc stand on its own is so strong, however, that the issue works, and works well. Even given my disappointment with the last issue, I now eagerly await SUPERMAN #44. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Mr. H Aug 26, 2015

    I wanted answers, and this issue (and writer Gene Luen Yang) gave them to me. What it also did is remind me that Lois and Clark should be together. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Sep 1, 2015

    Gene Luen Yang has given a satisfactory explanation of Lois' action in a way that not only anwers questions, but even shifts sympathy solidly toward her. If he can continue this twist with a worthy and believable follow-up, then the core of the TRUTH storyline, once looking weak, will prove solid if somewhat poorly paced. Although that by itself will not assure the success of this major initiative, it will satisfy an absolutely necessary condition for such a triumph. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Aug 28, 2015

    John Romita JR seems to have turned a page with his artwork. His lines are more crips compared to his work with Geoff Johns, and he seems somewhat less reliant on filling each page with lines. We can really feel the connection that Clark and Lois has as she stabs him with the fork and they discuss their significant others. There are still a few panels that leave something to be desired, such as Lois' face when she reveals that she broke the story of Superman's secret identity, or Clark's general reaction to the news. I found it easy to overlook these moments when generally the artwork has improved over the past few months. This may be his best work since working on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN with J. Michael Straczynski. The army of colorists (Dean White, Leonardo Olea, Blond) blend together nicely. I didn't realize there were multiple colorists until I checked the credits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Sep 2, 2015

    I really enjoyed Superman #4; the ending felt a bit goofy, but it served its purpose. There is still that big question hanging over my head, and probably the writer's: How does Superman recover from this? I don't see this story lasting forever, and he sure isn't staying weak for long. That's the part of the story I really want to read about. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 26, 2015

    It's frustrating that this series can simultaneously do so much right yet make so many fundamental mistakes along the way. Yang's generally strong characterization and Romita's art don't entirely make up for a bland villain and rushed pace in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Aug 28, 2015

    The story lost a lot of steam this week from the momentum it had built up in Yang's first two entries. The villain is a little uninspired thus far and the big reveal of how Superman's identity is released didn't have the punch it should have. Still, Superman is on the run now, and not exactly his super self, so that should make the following issues worth checking out to see where Yang takes the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 26, 2015

    We've finally gotten to the Truth with this issue....... whatever that means and while this title feels like it hasn't been pulling it's weight when compared to other Superman titles, it looks like it finally got on track to deliver us a story that meshes better with the other titles in this story arc.  The art's kind of all over the place, but the beginning of the book looks great....... and probably the best that this title has looked for a long time, it's just too bad that it doesn't last very long.  So yeah, Superman has it's ups and downs, but this issue is the best it's been with the Truth. Read Full Review

  • 6.5 - John McCubbin Aug 27, 2015

    Superman continues to be a property that DC struggles to utilise properly, as despite Truth giving us some mesmerizing twists to the character's mythos, it fails to captivate on the level it needs to. This remains very true in the latest entry of the character's main series, with the revelations feeling a little too sudden, lacking shock or excitement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 28, 2015

    I like Superman when he's portrayed as smart and capable - but the version we're getting now is just a bull in a china shop, plowing ahead without a plan or concern for others. I just don't get it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Sep 4, 2015

    There is still merit to the story in Superman #43 in that it makes an effort to establish an impact. It effectively asserts that even in a world where Superman and Lois Lane are not Shakespearean star-crossed lovers, there is still a powerful connection between these two. It's a connection that is now heavily damaged, but not completely shattered. However, it's probably going to be a while before Superman trusts Lois with anything other than his shoe size. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 26, 2015

    The ideas in "Superman" #43 aren't bad, but there are some seriously rough edges that need to get fine-tuned. A little more subtlety would go a long way; while I appreciate that ideas aren't just plucked out of a hat, they don't need to be set up quite so obviously either. In the end, the execution is dragging down the stronger big picture. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 28, 2015

    But this is undone by the inane presentation of Clark who is willing to stick his head into the lion's maw, to do whatever the villain wants him to, to not listen to his friends, to not think through the problem. And the art doesn't elevate this story at all. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 26, 2015

    With the release schedule the way it is, this creative team seems like they were doomed to fail. And that's a shame. But this title has burned through any goodwill it might have had. That's something that DC should take note of - you can only add a new creative team or relaunch a book or introduce a new status quo via a poorly executed event so many times before readers are going to start to feel like they're being fleeced. I'd love to write about how good Superman is. I really would. But DC hasn't given me a reason to, and they don't seem all that concerned with trying to. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Aug 30, 2015

    Due to this story arcs indefensible premises, Superman #43 builds to an insulting and inexcusable conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    JonnyO Sep 1, 2015

    Overall,this is a really good storyline. Gene Luen Yang has breathed some interesting life into the story. Love the take of Hodr as the villain. I hope they expand on the thought process of Lois in the next few issues.

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Aug 27, 2015

    Makes sense why Lois revealed his identity.

  • 7.5
    Educated Reader Sep 10, 2015

    I think this is starting to pick up a bit. I had my doubts with the Supermen arc. I will give this some more time to develop.

  • 6.5
    Supes' soups Aug 27, 2015

    The Truth event has been a misfire and a wasted opportunity. Stripping Superman of powers could potentially lead to an interesting story but the scattered chapters are difficult to connect as a whole and serve the Superman mythos no benefit. Lois Lane is the smartest reporter in the DC universe but her actions in this issue seem impulsive and nonsensical. So if a terrorist group wasn't threatening to reveal Superman's secret and instead threatening to blow up a city, would Lois blow it up herself and tell Supes, "There, now you don't have to worry your conscience anymore?" It's making Lois look desperate and incompetent. While this issue did nothing to advance Superman's character, it did wonders in tearing down Lois. Sure it's fun to see hints of our favorite couple flirting but that doesn't cover up the fact that this event has turned out to be aimless. Sadly outside of Geoff Johns short stint, Superman has been one mess of a title and considering its DC's flagship superhero, it's a bit troubling. The Action Comics chapters have been good but the rest are forgettable. I'd hate to rag on Yang at his first big breakout but for some reason, he's striking out even though the man could be an awesome storyteller. Which begs the question, how are they going to conclude this event and make it meaningful in the long run?

  • 8.0
    Rotivv Aug 26, 2015

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Dec 14, 2015

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    ABottleofRhum Aug 30, 2015

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    mrDovydas Apr 6, 2016

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  • 6.5
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