Superman #701

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Eddy Barrows Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 14, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
5.8Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

J. Michael Straczynski begins his highly anticipated run on SUPERMAN! After the devastating events of WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, how can Superman possibly continue his battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way? Find out here in "Grounded" part 1 and get in on the starting line of a modern-classic SUPERMAN story!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Jeff Mazzuca Jul 15, 2010

    JMS delivers a very solid first story about a side of Superman that we haven't seen much of before. His story works well in conjunction with the artwork in the book to show the struggle that Superman is facing and the distance he's feeling from his former self. Being a new type of Superman, this book is very approachable for the reader who hasn't been following Superman for awhile or just wants to start getting into Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 15, 2010

    Hmm ... it looks like I still have some preconceived notions that I am going to have to overcome. But I'll say it again, I liked this issue. I really think it showed just who Superman is. Eddy Barrows art is surprisingly effective here. I picture him doing bigger than life, super-stylized scenes. He seems at home here on a smaller scale as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 15, 2010

    Anyway, a solid start here, but not a game-changer yet. We'll see where Superman's "Walkabout" goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Miguel Perez Jul 14, 2010

    Obviously JMS has something to say about Superman, but it may come at the expense of a story. This never truly feels like one complete and unified issue, but rather a series of events strung together in order to give JMS the perfect setup to tell us, rather than show us, why Superman matters. It has the potential to grow stale rather quickly, so hopefully JMS has more in store for the Man of Steel than this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Jul 14, 2010

    "Grounded" gets off to a somewhat mixed start, but leaning in the positive direction. Eddy Barrows shows the right instinct to make sure the emotional aspect of the comic is apparent in the art, but overdoes it, while Straczynski alternates between great and cornball dialogue, especially with Superman. There's also the question of how well this sort of story will work as it progresses since one issue of Superman cleaning storerooms and reminding people not to run red lights is fine, but could easily become tedious after a few more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    cxPulp - B. Schatz Jul 15, 2010

    But what do I know. I'm just a critic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Jul 17, 2010

    At least its not bad to look at. Eddy Barrows is a fairly solid artist for the book, though his Superman fluctuates between sensibly muscular and approaching the dreaded Caucasian Hulk territory where he just looks stupid. If hes Super, he doesnt need gigantic muscles. Hes got a bit of a Brent Anderson vibe--and I think Astro City is a good comparison to draw with this book--particularly in the facial expression territory. His pages are often six panels stacked on one another, but this kind of story isnt really conducive to sequential experimentation. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jul 15, 2010

    The amount of things wrong with this issue are too many to enumerate. It is the worst Superman story I have ever personally read. It is one of the worst comics I have ever personally read. I don't know how a writer can write Superman so far off the mark as he was in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 0.8
    Mania - Ben Johnson July 15, 2010 Jul 15, 2010

    If we had a lower grade than F-, this would have gotten it. Read Full Review

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