Superman #713

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Roberson Artist: Jon Sibal Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
4.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

What could possibly make The Man of Steel decide to stop being Superman? Superboy and Supergirl catch up with him in Portland, Oregon, and they want answers!

  • 6.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jul 17, 2011

    It's clear that someone " either Straczynski or, more likely, Chris Roberson " really does understand the character of Superman, and what he means, and what he should mean. But it doesn't feel like the story that's brought us to this point justifies the decision that we know will be temporary anyway. There are three different art teams employed to finish this issue, and to their credit, they're all pretty good. Their styles are similar enough that you don't feel a jarring difference as you go fromm one to the other, and the book has a uniform look. But while much of the issue rings true, the things surrounding it just don't. I'm really hoping that when George Perez takes over this title in September, we feel a writer who knows what Superman means and understands how to tell his stories. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 15, 2011

    The bottom line is this was a misstep in Roberson's otherwise fine reworking of the mess that Straczynski started in Grounded. The individual encounters on the street were fine. But what we needed was Superman to reconnect with his family, the second to last step in his rehabilitation leading up to his reconciliation with Lois. Instead we get a glum Superman being helped by an unnamed stranger after his family flies off. That doesn't seem right. The Superman books have been floundering a bit these last couple of years. Maybe a shot in the arm, even via something drastic like the DCnU, is needed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 18, 2011

    A rather unnecessary excursion into some old questions about Superman which never really gains much steam or interest. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 13, 2011

    [Editor's Note: To be fair, the previous issue that scored a perfect 10 was a fill-in issue, featuring a story meant for publication some years back.] Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kandou Erik Jul 19, 2011

    The Superman franchise reboots after Superman#714 -- so the Grounded story arc is pretty much our goodbye to the Man of Steel. (At least this version of him). I really do not think I would have minded this story line being the swan song of the series, if only it has been allowed to continue successfully with what Chris Roberson was doing before DC sideswiped him. We are obviously going to get an ending to the story arc next issue - but it just feels like it has all been monumentally ruined because of the total screw up on DC's part last issue. Frankly, I am quite mad about that. This has been a flawed story arc from the beginning -- but the premise at its core was good, and despite the shaky start, Chris Roberson was managing to make the story better than I thought possible. DC just had to go and ruin everything. Read Full Review

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