Superman #686

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Renato Guedes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 25, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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Following the startling events of "New Krypton" and the shocking occurrence in the Phantom Zone, Earth finds itself without its greatest protector! Luckily, Metropolis still has a few heroes, like Mon-El and the Guardian. But after years of knowing nothing but the solitude of the Phantom Zone, how will Mon-El acclimate himself to society? And the recently returned Guardian has his hands full with his new position in the Science Police. How can they fill Superman's shoes? They'd better figure it out fast, because dangerous mysteries abound which will carry all the way into 2010!The highly acclaimed writer-artist team of James Robinson and Ren more

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 25, 2009

    Overall, I must admit that the current Superman tales are stirring the nostalgia in me by bold facedly presenting themselves as a pretty similar take on a previous World Without a Superman storyline from over a decade ago but this time around its more of a celebratory and jubilant tale. Heroes are stepping up to fill in for Superman as friends at his request not sorrowfully attempting to replace or, worse yet, usurp him after his passing. Im still eagerly anticipating the next triangle numbered Superman book, something I havent done since the mid 90s (both literally and figuratively) and Im loving every minute of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 29, 2009

    This issue puts the pieces in motion across the board, as Mon-El finds his place in the heroic landscape of Metropolis and meets his guides for the tour. For what is effectively a first issue, this comic offers a great deal of enjoyable reading and a pinch more of things to come in future issues. A Superman-less "Superman" book might sound like a flop waiting to happen, but this book is ready to soar. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Apr 1, 2009

    Providing Mon-El doesn't let the power go to his head, and he gets taken down by a number 2 pencil, this change in the dynamic of the Superman title could really work. Of course I think I had the same feeling during Reign of the Supermen, but I'm going to give DC the benefit of the doubt here, and give Superman #686 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Mar 25, 2009

    Since it's the first issue of a yearlong arc, Superman #686 is mostly set-up. Thankfully, the set-up is entertaining, and more importantly, promising. I for one prefer to see one writer embark on a bold new direction rather than see a group of creators slavishly build off of one another in an attempt at greater cohesion, and with New Krypton over, it looks like Rucka and Robinson are now free to take off on their own directions in Action and Superman. Ideally, they'll be able to blaze some interesting trails while also gradually reshaping Superman's world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Mar 27, 2009

    I did love how the issue juxtaposed the past and present to fill in readers with the scenario of why Mon-El is taking over for Superman as Metropolis' protector, as well as how the rest of the supporting cast factor into the narrative without just seeming like out of place cameos. So to wrap up, I think this first issue of Superman's new direction was spot on in delivering the quality I've come to expect from James Robinson and Renato Guedes. Both are working without the series' title character and succeeding in making me care for everyone else. That's not easy to do. I'll definitely be picking up Superman #687 next month for the continuing adventures of Mon-El, the Guardian, and Steel, and I'd advise you do the same. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Mar 29, 2009

    Superman #686 was a pedestrian read. This certainly was not an exciting start to this new direction for this title. At this point, I cannot say that I am all that excited about the new directions for both Action Comics and Superman. Both Rucka and Robinson need to give me more effort than what we have gotten the past two weeks. Otherwise, Action Comics and Superman will join the other DC titles that I am dropping including Teen Titans, Titans, Detective Comics and Batman. Read Full Review

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