Superman #700

Superman #700

Writer: James Robinson, Dan Jurgens, J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Bernard Chang, Dan Jurgens, Eddy Barrows Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 23, 2010 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16
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DC Comics proudly presents the 700th issue of SUPERMAN, a 56-page extravaganza full of tales celebrating the Man of Steel's past, present and future! First up is a story by the man who actually killed Superman, Dan Jurgens! Then, James Robinson brings his epic run on the title to a close with a touching story featuring art by Benard Chang that brings Superman back to Earth after his time on New Krypton. Finally, we preview the exciting new SUPERMAN ongoing creative team as J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows provide a story that sets the stage for an explosive, all-new direction for The Man of Steel! (Seriously! Wait till you read this!)

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Jeff Mazzuca Jun 24, 2010

    Overall, this book did a nice job of reminding us where the Man of Steel has been, what he's been up to, and really, where he needs to go from here. Seven hundred issues is something to celebrate, and this book did a decent job, through short stories, of pushing the character through to issue number seven hundred one and all that lies ahead for Superman and his place in the human world. I would have liked to see a little more focus on the "what's to come" story, since that's the important part, but I enjoyed the other short stories enough to where it wasn't too much of a problem. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jun 24, 2010

    This is a solid anniversary issue that does just what you need it to do it ties off some loose ends, gives you a taste of what is to come, and provides plenty of Superman for those who have been missing him. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 23, 2010

    So Superman #700 isn't the glorious coming out party from JMS that many will undoubtedly expect. What it is is further proof that JMS is taking perhaps the biggest gamble of his comic book career with the character he loves the most. At the very least, the prologue to "Grounded" will convince you we're in store for one of the most memorable Superman storylines in years, for good or ill. And combined with the earlier sequences, a preview to Paul Cornell's Lex Luthor-centric Action Comics run, and essays from Cornell, Sterling Gates and Jeff Lemire on their upcoming work on Superman's ancillary books, I consider that enough to call Superman #700 a success. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jun 23, 2010

    Overall, Superman #700 does a good job laying the ground work for the next year or so of Superman stories. Whether or not it holds a candle to New Krypton remains to be seen. With Straczynski helming the flagship of the Superman Family of Books though, it will most likely remain a strong read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Maxwell Yezpitelok Jun 27, 2010

    So, based on this anniversary issue, the present is decadent, the future isnt too promising, and the past looks shinier every day. Ill still keep an eye on this series, though, in case it improves once it gets to the part that JMS is really interested in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Walecka Jun 27, 2010

    While The Slap Heard Round the World (what is this, Vince McMahon?) is all too brief, it does have some pretty nice art from Ed Barrows. The detail of emotion and facial expression is beyond the pale horse stance that Woods and the gang covered in recent months. Even if Clark sobs himself to death throughout JMSs run, Superman comics are sure to look pretty at least. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 26, 2010

    I guess I have unrealistic expectations with these anniversary issues. I expect them to be large on content to justify the $5 cover price and I expect them to be memorable in some way. For example, Batman #500 debuted the new costume and outlook of the stand-in Batman, Jean-Claude Valley. It was unforgettable, especially the cover. This issue doesn't quite measure that. It tells three nice stories but there just isn't enough in here to get me excited about the future of the franchise or to rationalize the cover charge. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 24, 2010

    But it's the middle story, guest-starring a young Dick Grayson as Robin, that works best. There are some fun moments including Superman trying to save Dick from Bruce's wrath by quickly doing his homework and the Batman's message to Clark in the epilogue. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 30, 2010

    Simple, sugary, nostalgic - made even more nostalgic with Jurgens doing the art as well. It also nicely plays on the more 'cool uncle'/nephew vibe that Clark and Dick have. Nice to see that has been there since the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 27, 2010

    Here's hoping for bigger and better stories starting with #701. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jun 28, 2010

    I don't reject the premise of "Grounded," but this wasn't a strong start. It certainly wasn't deftly handled. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jun 27, 2010

    Grounded; Prologue: The Slap Heard Round the World--J. Michael Straczynski, script; Eddy Barrows, pencils; J.P. Mayer, inks (with colors by Rod Reis) Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Jun 27, 2010

    Jurgenss enjoyable effort aside, Superman #700 is a poor tribute to the father of all superheroes. Worse yet, it sets a new tone for the books foreseeable future--one that, if it had been allowed to dominate the series from day one, would have likely spelled the cancellation of Superman long before the 700 mark. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jun 27, 2010

    For that comic to be a special anniversary issue compounds that disappointment, and for DC to be charging five dollars a pop for the pleasure of reading it only adds insult to injury. Whilst Im still keen to pick up the next issue to see how Straczynskis run on the book shapes up, I havent exactly got off to a good start with the title here. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jun 25, 2010

    The first story in this collection would be really great if it were three or four pages shorter. The second story was spot on, even if the art doesn't live up to the Dan Jurgens/ Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Jun 24, 2010

    I’m not entirely sure I have enough adjectives to describe my dissapointment with this issue. I’m tempted to enter “pile of crap” into the search engine on and provide a link for you guys, but I think you get the point by now. I sincerely hope none of you bought this and if you did, feel free to drop me a line. Maybe we can start a support group or something? Read Full Review

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