Man of Steel #6

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 4, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 42
7.6Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

The fate of Lois Lane and Jon Kent is revealed! Metropolis' survival hangs in the balance! And Superman must somehow put an end to Rogol Zaar's rampage! It's do-or-die time for the Man of Steel in the final chapter of this explosive miniseries!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jul 5, 2018

    I cannot be more proud to say that this is the first series/miniseries/run that I have reviewed from start to finish. I did not immediately jump on board the Bendis bandwagon just because he started writing Superman, but boy he did not hesitate to win me over. I was overjoyed when Superman was given a family as a new layer to his story, in fact, that is what convinced me to pick upAction Comics andSuperman. Now Bendis is adding new dynamics with Superman learning more about his Kryptonian heritage than he has in a long time, as well as a further look into his relationship with Kara. I think this series is a start to the next evolution of Superman and I could not be more excited for what is in store. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 4, 2018

    Good for Brian Michael Bendis. He not only silenced the critics but he has created an amazing direction for a character that deserves the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 9, 2018

    So far, it's been very good. I'm especially happy to see the return of "smart" Superman - the hero works best when he isn't just depending on his muscles to solve problems. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Jul 4, 2018

    As soon as I heard that Bendis would write a Superman book, I knew that someone would die, go missing or change drastically. I never imagined that my view of Superman would change because I would be made aware of his weakness. It's how Bendis tells the story that kept me engaged: I believe what I've learned about the hero. Superman's lifestyle, fighting bad guys and ignoring his family has consequences. In addition, Superman's departure from Krypton at a young age means that he didn't learn about his home planet or his family's traditions. It makes sense that Jor-El would be the one to teach Jonathan. I highly recommend this book to fans of Superman and DC. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Jul 5, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis and Jason Fabok deliver a spectacular finale to the miniseries. The focus on Clark as a father really tightens the series together, though it is frustrating that Rogol Zaar is still a complete enigma. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 4, 2018

    I was worried Bendis would ruin a great thing with Superman, but Man of Steel proved he's a strong fit for the character. If this mini-series was any indication, Superman is in good hands and readers are in line for some great stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - John Aguilera Jul 11, 2018

    Whether you love Superman, or just action comics, this book is for you! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 4, 2018

    I applaud Bendis paring down the current Superman lore without making controversial and irrevocable decisions (irrevocable being a rather fluid concept in the world of comic books). Taking Lois off the stage may have been a tough sell, but ultimately, I suspect it will be worth it. The era of Lois & Clark has been put on hold indefinitely, allowing a return to Superman " which is what we read the comics for, is it not? Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Jul 5, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis delivers an entertaining and heartfelt conclusion to his miniseries with THE MAN OF STEEL #6. While the plot leaves you wishing for more, Bendis' grasp of the character of Superman is more than ever on display here. Combined with the power of Jason Fabok and Alex Sinclair's art, Bendis is able to deliver a terrific end to a Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 5, 2018

    Man of Steel #6 has some flaws, but the overall book was an exciting and explosive ending to the first Brian Michael Bendis Superman arc. Bendis, Fabok, and Sinclair did excellent work in this ending, and the book comes recommended. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 10, 2018

    With the final issues, Jason Fabok is the sole artist and it definitely looks great here under Alex Sinclair's color design as we really get into the heart of the family matters and wrap up, for now, the battle that has dominated the run. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jul 4, 2018

    The Man of Steel miniseries comes to a beautiful, action-packed close. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Ryan Perry Jul 5, 2018

    With all that said, Jason Fabok draws this issue like his life depended on it. You could print out any page he drew and hang it up as a poster. He really makes this issue worth reading whether you like the story or not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero Jul 4, 2018

    Superman's new status quo leaves him and his family in a peculiar but exciting new position for the coming stories Bendis plans to tell. Who's been starting the fires? Why does Jor- Elwant Jon? When the hell does any of this take place inThe Man of Steel'scontinuity? Now that we finally know the answers to these questions, it is clear that Bendis has crafted an effective intro to his Superman run. Filled with levity, amazing character work and expressive art from Jason Fabok, thisinstallment is exactly the finalethat this series needed. Hopefully, Bendis will effectively capitalize on the work done here in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jul 5, 2018

    The Man of Steel has been an exciting and fun book to read with plenty of action, suspense and some surprise reveals. Bendis has really proven his love for Superman, taking the best stuff from the Rebirth Action Comics and Superman books and adding to the established mythos in a meaningful way. This series has shown the humanity and love for his family that keeps Superman grounded and relatable, and that's exactly why the super powered Boy Scout continues to endure. This may be the end of this miniseries but Im willing to bet Bendis is not done yet and I couldnt be more excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Jul 4, 2018

    The sixth and final issue of Brian Michael Bendis's The Man of Steel, featuring art by Jason Fabok and colors by Alex Sinclair, provides a coherent, reasonably satisfying conclusion to the meandering mysteries of the miniseries, sets up a potentially interesting new status quo, and largely succeeds even while none of it feels particularly awe-inspiring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jul 7, 2018

    The Man of Steel #6managed to stick the landing and salvaged the series for me after a couple lackluster issues. Not all my criticisms were addressed, but Bendis does some good and intriguing character work that make the future of his series very interesting. The only thing missing is that family dynamic, but hopefully Bendis will bring Lois and Jon back sooner than later. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 4, 2018

    The first arc of Brian Michael Bendis' new DC run concludes with a mixed bag of an issue that sets the stage for some interesting subplots while also teasing us with what could have been. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 4, 2018

    This was the conclusion to an interesting and well done arc that established some intriguing mysteries for Clark and company moving forward. Unfortunately, the final conflict felt rushed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 4, 2018

        Its a good comic that sets up several things for the future, but its not as good as it was building up to be and thats a disappointment. As a whole, The Man Of Steel did a lot of things right and proves that Bendis can be a good fit for Superman, that he can mostly transcend a lot of the negatives in his work, and that he can set up things that may provide great stories down the pipe. This issue shows that he can still falter sometimes, though. Its a good comic in an otherwise great miniseries. So, sure, its a disappointment, but its a disappointment in that it wasnt as well done as the other five issues, but is still a worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jul 5, 2018

    What Bendis has laid out here is the potential for greatness as his run further accumulates, and there's already enough of a strong authorial handle to feel he's capable of achieving that - tics, quirks, and all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Damon Cagnolatti Jul 5, 2018

    In short, this mini-series has too many bells and whistles for me, while the narrative itself was stripped down to its bare dry bones. It did just enough to introduce a few new characters and a dope villain. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jul 4, 2018

    Our burning questions are answered, and we're left with the feeling that it was more interesting not to know. Isn't that always the way? The character Superman seems to be in capable hands going forward, but it looks like these stories may be taking the scenic route. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 4, 2018

    This is a prequel in every sense. It's setting up what's to come in Bendis' run and there's a lot of balls in the air. There's the fire storyline. There's Jonathan and Lois' adventure. There's Supergirl's quest. But hopefully, Bendis focuses on Superman/Clark home alone and a bit lost. His strength through this entire miniseries has been the heart of it all. While no individual issue really stands out, the package as a whole is an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 12, 2018

    While I still think Jor-El being alive is one of the stupider story elements DC has introduced in recent years (and, when you think about that, it's say a lot), Bendis does make use of it here to isolate and reset Superman to where he wants the hero heading into his new series. I'm curious to see where things go from here. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jul 4, 2018

    This was not the grand finale Man of Steel needed to salvage its self-indulgent pacing. It did not instill great confidence in the adventures continuing with Superman #1 and Action Comics #1. The story it was trying to tell was finished in a technically proficient manner, but the charm of a sympathetic Superman was lost halfway through the mini-series. Readers are left with a kind of sadness. While this may be what was intended, I have relied on Superman to be a beacon of hope in desolate times. I just want better for the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 8, 2018

    An issue that feels like housekeeping, putting Superman in the back seat as others make all the hard decisions for him, and mostly setting up the writer's preferred new status quo. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Garrett Hanneken Jul 4, 2018

    Like I said before, some fans may want to continue reading Bendis' Superman after reading this issue since it sets up several factors that still need answering. However, some fans may feel indifferent or cheated about the events that folded out since this issue serves as nothing but a cliffhanger. All in all, The Man of Steel is a prelude for Superman and Action Comics, a prelude that caught my interest but could have done more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 7, 2018

    Bendis' Superman prologue ends with more whimper than anything else, setting up nothing particularly interesting or exciting for the proper relaunches of Superman and Action Comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Heroes Direct - Joseph Kime Jul 13, 2018

    What could've been a stellar finale, feels very lackluster. But at least the cliffhanger hooks us in for what's next. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 4, 2018

    I'll probably read the upcoming Superman and Action Comics series out of morbid curiosity and my sense of duty as a critic to see how this all finally pays out. That being said, I wouldn't pay money for this book and neither should you. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 6, 2018

    So some major perplexing moments with Lois and Jon. So perplexing that I think they simply overshadow the Kara-tharsis I got. Maybe I would have felt better if we got more information about Zaar, a feeling of some closure within the mini. But we didn't even get that. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    KFuqua Jul 5, 2018

    Not a fan of what Bendis is doing. I was afraid that he would end up destroying some of the things that make Superman unique and great, and it looks like, I was right. He doesn't know how to deal with Superman having a wife and child, so he finds a way to get them out of the picture, while avoiding the backlash he would have received for permanently getting rid of them.

  • 6.0
    Br'er Lapin Jul 4, 2018

    Well, I liked about half of this series. Unfortunately, it was the first half.

  • 4.0
    Jon Comics Jul 7, 2018

    Maybe it’s an exaggeration to call this issue disastrous as it’s decently written and has spectacular art. But it gets Superman and the Superman family all wrong.u
    How stupid it is that Superman lets his recently resurfaced father take his son on a trip to the galaxy? Yes, the boy wants to go, which is also totally out of character for Jonathan, who has as good a relationship with mom and dad as can be. The whole Tomasi run was built on that sense of trust and family.
    Ok, Lois goes to deep space to take care of the kid but will stay connected with Clark through a flimsy device which gets destroyed in the Fortress of Solitude. And now terrible dad Superman can’t talk to his wife and kid, who, for all purposes, are lost in spa more

  • 3.5
    RBL Jul 4, 2018

    Tl;dr The art, coloring and lettering were good and earned the only full points this issue merits. The story of this entire mini however, despite what others would have you believe, is absolutely abyssmal and filled with egregious affronts to continuity and characterization where characters will say/do whatever is required of them to advance the plot as bendis sees regardless of how out of character it may be or how unnatural it feels. The .5 is because mercifully this mini-series is finally over.

    A full breakdown of my key issues with the storyline follows.

    Firstly I want to address the fact that his original villain "generic poorly designed alien warlord" or Rogol Zaar, was presented as an experienced warrior who fo more

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  • 9.0
    Steve C Jul 9, 2018

    Great end to the story and leaves us with a cliffhanger for AC #1001 and Superman #1. Fabok's art is amazing.

  • 8.0
    egon244 Jul 4, 2018

    I wrote the whole review, then the site went bonkers on me when I wanted to save it. The whole thing went to... well you get the idea.

    So, bullet points:

    - good writing (no awkward dialogue or characters acting silly)
    - gorgeous art (Fabok's Superman looks majestic)
    - family drama that felt emotional and real (as real as it can with a being that can fly and take a planet to the face)
    - promise of an interesting story in both Action Comics and Superman

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Jul 6, 2018

    I don't know whether this was because the whole issue was drawn by Fabok, who is by all means one of my favourite artists, or Bendis actually improved from the last couple issues, but I really enjoyed this issue. It did give an ending to the story, which can be picked up again anytime (and it seems it will happen a lot sooner than later), as well as it gave a heads up to the upcoming storylines. I still don't know whether I will be reading the new Bendis' books, but if they're as good as this issue was, then it's all going to be fine.

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Jul 4, 2018

    It's a decent end of one thing, and a tease of another. We don't get answers to all of our questions, which I really like, actually, since they'll lead us to events in Superman #1 and Action Comics #1001. There was couple of revelations, not only the fate of Lois and Jon, but also, what will most likely face very mixed opinions, the huge arson plot twist at the very end of the issue.
    Finally, when it comes to writing, I can not mention one thing I've been criticizing the run in the past - Kara's personality. Sufficed to say, I'm not a fan of that take on her character, and expect way more from her.
    At least Bendis did really good job humanizing Superman, as well as providing him some interesting relations with his father and son. more

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Jul 4, 2018

    The art is great, and Bendis continues to understand Superman. And the new status quo might be very interesting. But we never come near to the truth about the big bad, and I am not quite sure why we need to have Lois and Jon off the board. I will be reading one of the Bendix series, but I don't know for how long.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Jul 6, 2018

    Bendis literally tore Superman down to the bare minimum, even removing Kara from the equation to top it all off. I was ok with this issue, the storytelling was coherent and consistent, although I'm still not a big fan of Rogol Zorr. He seems like another generic alien villain hellbent on destroying worlds. We have at least a dozen of those already. Jor-El's recent developments still seem out of character. In short, I'm conflicted about the direction Superman is headed in.

  • 6.0
    M1sf1r3 Jul 4, 2018

    SPOILER WARNING!!! (Or I'll send you with Jor-El)

    Man of Steel is finally over and not a second too soon. Maybe it was the weekly format or Bendis already suffering from having to write so much (feels like he's writing 6 books currently looking at the solicitations) but I wasn't feeling this book. Whilst it started out great for the first issue, it dropped off majorly into a pile of caca poo poo, which is how I would sum it up. It has recovered slightly for this issue, but it feels like a band aid solution and issue at that.

    Jor-El wants to take Jon to space with Lois after forgetting about Dr. Manhattan and Jon is concerned for his future of him committing mass murder using a solar flare. But, Jon doesn't have to wor more

  • 6.0
    Sav Jul 9, 2018

    i liked the series for the most part. everyone being ok with jorel, a guy who hates humans, just taking the family on a space safari seems pretty stupid. but it didnt damper my feelings towards the series. why?

    because supermans been a little bitch for a while now. theyve basically rewritten continuity to include his pussyass personality. plus, DC has no one editing or overseeing these stories. writers are allowed to not read canon and write whatever the fuck comes to mind. as long as social issues are blatantly addressed, no one gives a shit about canon.

  • 5.0
    Batman Jones Jul 4, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this series. There was also nothing particularly right about it. It was about as cookie cutter an intro to a run on Superman as we could have expected. This is "The Great One?" This was nothing. Meanwhile King's Batman #50 was everything and is being roundly trashed by readers. Some fans just like their comics simple, I guess. Never rock the boat and they're happy. Not I. Bendis has proven to me he's not worth my time or money as a reader and the hype created such a letdown. At least there really is a truly great writer redefining a major character in Tom King's Batman. I will never understand fan culture.

  • 5.0
    myconius Jul 4, 2018

    i liked this issue. i didn't love it.
    at least it was much better than last week's issue. though that's not really saying much.

    i did find Lois leaving with Jon compelling. Bendis's version of Jon is pretty annoying, so i almost was happy to see him go. i was really upset seeing Lois leave though.
    Clark giving her his suit and saying it would protect her was very touching. i also really liked the explanation of how the suit would auto form fit to her body, as well as the explanation to why Superman is now wearing the trunks again.
    Still, we could have done this without sending Lois and Jon off to the unknown.

    Rogol Zaar is a real M@&%@& F@&%@&!!
    he's destroyed Kandor and the Fortress, and as soon as more

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  • 4.5
    MKW69 Jul 4, 2018

    It was underwhelming. Marvel musy have a real laught, with Bendis Gone.

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    Spacey Medicine Feb 8, 2019

    I'm really glad it's over.

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