Superman #712

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Rick Leonardi Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 22, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Meet Los Angeles's newest super hero in the latest Chapter of "Grounded": Sharif! But Sharif discovers that in today's current cultural climate, some people don't want his help they just want him gone. Can Superman aid Sharif and quell a prejudiced public, or are there some problems too big even for the Man of Steel to solve?

  • 10
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jun 22, 2011

    Superman #712 is the pinnacle of what I desire in a comic book. I guess depending on your connection to certain things – animals, Superman, etc. – the experience could be different. But I can't deny that quite some time later, I'm still feeling the punch in my gut from the emotional impact of this book. Despite the fact that Superboy has been back longer than he was dead; that in the eyes of some, this story isn't going to "matter" come September's relaunch. Despite the fact that we know Krypto and Superboy were eventually reunited. Regardless of it all, Superman #712 delivers a blow straight to the heart with flawless storytelling and an intimate, personal tale about a boy and his dog. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Jul 3, 2011

    Without saying very much, I give this issue a very high rating due to its originality and creativity in how it involved Krypto. Youll burn through this issue faster than most others, but Ill bet you everything I own that you enjoy it more than all the rest. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 22, 2011

    This is an emotional look Krypto when Superboy died. That's all you really need to know. Kurt Busiek gives the perfect balance of setting up the relationship between Krytpo and Superboy and what happened afterwards. Krytpo is a cute and cuddly superdog but you can't just throw him in an issue and expect it to be a hit. Busiek must have done some sort of mindmeld with a dog in order to capture and convey the true nature of a dog suffering a loss. Rick Leonardi has proven his artistic skills over the years. While I wasn't crazy about the way Krypto looked on page one, the portrayal throughout the issue matched Busiek's script perfectly. I haven't even made a dent in this week's stack of comics but I know I can safely say this is my pick of the week. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 30, 2011

    So a sweet story with a somber ending, simple and pure. But we know things change pretty quickly and Conner comes back. I don't know the whole story about why this story was scrapped way back when. Why did DC scrap the Sharif story? We may never know the reason. But this was certainly my favorite 'Grounded' interlude. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 22, 2011

    It's too bad this comic wasn't published several years ago, when Superboy was still dead and it genuinely looked like he wasn't coming back. It would've had an extra level of impact, and really hit home. That said? It's to Busiek, Leonardi, and Sibal's credit that even now it still works well. That final page is heartbreaking, and they did a great job. I'm glad that, on the eve of the relaunch, we finally got to see the comic. It was worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 25, 2011

    Busiek delivers a deeply sentimental story, but so out of context with the ongoing story arc on this title you can't help wondering how you even came to read it in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Jun 23, 2011

    While neither story nor art alone get as high a rating, it's what makes a comic a comic--the blend--that earns this issue its overall rating. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Larry King Jun 23, 2011

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