Superman #685

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Javier Pina Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 25, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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An "Origins and Omens" issue! Continued from ACTION COMICS #874! With "New Krypton" behind him (for now), Superman must come to terms with the death of Pa Kent. And things heat up in Metropolis when the mysterious new Nightwing and Flamebird take up residence in the Man of Steel's hometown! Are they here to help Earth like they say or do their ties to Kandor run too deep?This story sets up next month's new status quo as Superman makes a tough decision, the repercussions of which will be felt for years!

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Feb 27, 2009

    And yes, I know I’m a big weenie. Feel free to mock my tender heart in the comments section! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 27, 2009

    Overall, Superman looks to be a series worth continuing to pick up monthly as Mon Els adjustment to Earth, his new secret identity, and his exploits as Metropolis resident superhero guardian will prove interesting. To add to Lois comment at the end of the tale proper in regards to Clark/Supermanjust come back to me, lets hope soon as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 25, 2009

    As we move ahead into 2009, the Superman books are finally settling down and consolidating characters and plotlines. As I said, I don't agree with a lot of what is being done. Certainly, removing Superman from these books is about the most counter-intuitive move I can imagine. At the very least, though, issues like Superman #685 prove this new direction has potential. Everything might just be alright for Superman readers after all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Feb 27, 2009

    The only other thing worth touching on in this review is the cool use of Alex Ross' classic cover. Once you've read the entire issue you will notice that the image of Superman holding Jonathan Kent while he's dying takes on new meaning with the reveal of Mon-El's new secret identity. Pretty cool little twist on the meaning of the cover if you ask me. Truly a case of a comic using an iconic image to foreshadow the contents of the issue without explicitly showing what happens. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 3, 2009

    Well, like coach always said, keep running that play 'til you get it right. Perhaps DC will keep running off their "big three" characters until readers get tired of looking for them. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 26, 2009

    Ironically, it's the back-up "Origins & Omens" feature where things click into place. Robinson and former "X-Factor" artist Pablo Raimondi set up what's to come as they focus more on Mon-El's new situation and status quo. It's a fun little story, and I couldn't help but feel like more happened here than in the entire main feature. I'm glad it came at the end of "Superman" #685, because it not only closes the issue out on a good note, but it makes me excited and interested again about next month's Super-books. It's just too bad the entire comic hadn't managed that. Read Full Review

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