Superman: Earth One #3

Superman: Earth One #3

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Sandra Hope, Ardian Syaf Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $22.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
6.9Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Who will save Superman? He may be invulnerable - but he's also alone! In his brief career as a costumed hero, Clark Kent has run a gantlet of the world's most deadly and monstrous villains. But his most dire threat may come from two powerless humans who happen to be the two smartest people on the planet. Lex and Alexandra Luthor have been paid to find a way to cancel Superman's powers - and the man who destroyed Krypton has been welcomed by the world's governments to complete his mission - with the murder of Kal-El! Betrayed and at his most vulnerable, there's no place to hide and no one Superman can trust!

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Feb 10, 2015

    There are other welcome surprises such as a new standard of relationship with Lois Lane (Superman signal!) and a can't miss speech on the floor of the U.N. near the end of the book. Despite reinterpretations, I firmly state that this book is TRUE SUPERMAN. It's boldly different, but sticks to the foundation of the character and his motivations. The final page should bring a smile to your face. Though this series is ongoing, this volume tied together threads from the previous two and really made it feel like a trilogy. Yes, we still have seeds planted for where a fourth volume could go and I can't wait to see where that will lead us and the Man of Tomorrow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Feb 4, 2015

    By far the best of the three volumes to date in the Superman: Earth One series finally bringing the Man of Steel up to par with the two other subjects in the novel line volume 3 gives us everything to love about Superman from top to bottom: a charismatic hero who is strong without being perfect; a set of relationships, complex and compelling, that fill out who the man under the suit is, and more; and an engaging adventure that has real world resonance without losing itself in the darkness. Bravo, gentlemen. Youve brought Superman home to Earth One. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Feb 6, 2015

    Straczynski and Syaf are knowledgable industry veterans, and SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE is a lasting testament to their storytelling abilities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 4, 2015

    felt a little lacking. This third volume kicks things up in a nice big way. Straczynski is taking a familiar conflict and adding his touch and the Earth One feel to it. Ardian Syaf handles the art and adds some nice touches with some new character designs. SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE is Superman story anyone can jump into. You dont have to worry about any baggage and its a refreshing way to get a different sort of Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Daren Taveras Feb 9, 2015

    Overall, Superman: Earth One Volume 3 is a thrill ride. Between the impressive visuals and exciting pace, Volume 3 stands as the highpoint of the series. With emotional undertones and a well-executed finale, Straczynski delivers a surprisingly deep Superman story. If the past volume was not so integral to the narrative, Volume 3 could've ascended to a higher standard. That being said, fans of Superman will enjoy this book and see that the strengths outweigh the negatives. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Feb 7, 2015

    Should you buy this? Nope, not at least in its original hardcover. I would suggest a cheaper, digital format or waiting for paperback, but it's banality makes me suggest giving this one a pass. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 4, 2015

    Like the previous two volumes, Superman: Earth One is a very flawed experience. The self-contained graphic novel format results in a very compressed story that comes up sorely lacking in characterization. The decision to include both the Luthors and Zod as central protagonists only worsens this problem. At the same time, Starczynski's handling of Superman himself is able to redeem the book to an extent. This reads like a true finale to the trilogy, capping off plot threads and completing Clark's journey towards becoming Superman. If you've made it this far into the series, there's no reason to stop now. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 4, 2015

    "Superman: Earth One" Volume 3 is painfully uneven, and the leaps in storytelling cross from the script to the art and back again. At one point, Zod hefts Superman over his head, but Superman is shown limping away on the next with Zod nowhere to be seen. This book is incongruous: when the story is strong, the art waivers and, when the art is strong, the lettering is over-the-top, but all of the parts never click or get the gears to mesh completely. Rather than forcing mediocre stories into a reliable schedule, this installment makes a strong case to look at the product and reconsider what it is that should make the "Earth One" line exemplary. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Feb 4, 2015

    Ultimately "Superman Earth One: Volume 3" is a difficult read. It could have been so much more, but reduces itself to what we've seen before, and what has worked in the past. Except none of it works here. It feels lazy and uninspired, much more so than the two volumes that preceded it. Any contemporary issues that are explored are undercut by a all to convenient resolution to the story that ultimately brings the differences between Earth One Superman and New 52 Superman to a startling few. It's a real shame. Read Full Review

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