Superman #12

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 12, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 26
7.6Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

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The House of El is united in this SUPERMAN/SUPERGIRL crossover! It's the House of El against everyone as Superman, Jor-El, Supergirl and Superboy face intergalactic attacks from Rogol Zaar, General Zod and an armada of alien warriors and assassins. With the truth behind Krypton's destruction set to be revealed, a galactic conspiracy threatens to silence Supergirl and Jor-El if Superman can't live up to his name.
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  • 10
    Critical Blast - S.J. Mitchell Jun 14, 2019

    If you've ever been a fan of Superman, you should be reading this title as we're getting brand new material with the "Unity Saga" that will define Superman for years to come! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 12, 2019

    As always,the artwork is superb. Reis, Prado, Albert and Sinclair have obviouslycommitted themselves to making The UnitySaga a genuine event. Its visually ambitious, and they collectivelymeasure up to the challenge. I just hope they still have energy left tocontinue after this particular story arc concludes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 13, 2019

    Superman started relatively big, but as you'll see with issue 12, it aims to just keep getting bigger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jun 14, 2019

    Bendis and Reis do a great job conveying the action and love of the House of El (most of it, at least). This title continues to be at its best when following Superman's thought process mid-fight. Not a lot of characters allow for Bendis' tendency for the verbose during a fight while keeping realism in mind. Reis, as always, draws some amazing action shots. The creative team has designed a crisp, colorful, fun comic to behold. The MVP panel in this book is the post-fight shot of Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, and Krypto finally getting the chance to embrace warmly in an almost full-page spread. The accompanying panels capture Jor-El's isolation from the family and a contrasting sadness. It was easily the most compelling page. Despite not really being into the "Real Death of Krypton" they keep coming back to, this creative team excels in storytelling so this is a comic I always look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 12, 2019

    Ivan Reis always delivers amazingly detailed and stunning art and this issue is no different. The action is breathtaking and the characters look amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 17, 2019

    The answer is coming now that they have traveled to the site of Krypton's destruction. Nice cliffhanger. There was a lot to love here. The El family dynamic was wonderful, so much of that love and pride reflected solely in the expressive artwork. Supergirl being as big a player as Superman in this story, including her ability to get Jon out of there, was great. And the promise of closure to the Oz arc is good news. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jun 12, 2019

    Superman #12 is hard to quantify. It starts out really good, with wonderfully drawn and exciting action. Ivan Reis knocks it out of the park in these pages, showing readers how great he can be. The second half of the issue is well done, but how much a reader enjoys it will depend heavily on how much they are into Bendis Krypton retcon. This isnt at all a bad issue; far from it, really. It does a great job of setting up more things for the future, and they are all pretty intriguing. However, if the reader doesnt like what Bendis has been doing, they arent going to like what they see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jun 12, 2019

    While this book remains the weaker of the two Bendis' Superman books due to some weird pacing issues, but it's still fun to read and is building an intriguing mystery about the destruction of Krypton, a mystery no one thought they'd want to read about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Vishal Gullapalli Jun 12, 2019

    Bendis is starting to shrug off the lethargy of the past few issues while Reis is just absolutely incredible. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jun 13, 2019

    An action-packed story that brings the House of El together, if only for a moment. Their bonding is short-lived after they discover an unsettling truth about their homeworld. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Jun 12, 2019

    This issue had a strong focus on family, and the emotion fallout that snap judgments can have and the art team did a fantastic job of displaying those emotions of loss, confusions and having what was one lost returned to you. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jun 15, 2019

    "Unity" continues as the entire House of El stands against the Phantom Zone escapees inSuperman #12. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 17, 2019

    "Superman" #12 achieves a surrprising level of cohesion. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Jun 14, 2019

    While this issue is a tad maudlin, the conversation does way it down somewhat, Bendiss hot streak on Superman continues. The art is always fantastic and the story is finally reaching a conclusion. I should mention that Clark has the funniest line in a comic book I read in months. I wont repeat it here but lets just say that as much as Clark loves Lois, he also fears her more than maybe even Doomsday. I cant wait for the next issue. Now if only Action Comics could produce the same reaction from me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 12, 2019

    There's some great moments between our heroes in this issue and we do get a pretty big revelation, all depicted with some amazing art, but by the end of the issue I was left wanting because this whole situation feels a bit forced and we never get a reason behind why Jor-El was getting attacked in the first place.  All in all, there's enough here to keep most Superman fans happy though, I just wish we could do something more with the story, where everyone isn't hiding some kind of diabolical secret. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 12, 2019

    With Event Leviathan ramping up, the main story in the other Superman title starts to feel like a side story " even as it delivers a massive status quo change to the character's mythology. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jun 12, 2019

    While Superman #12 left me feeling a little underwhelmed, it has a strong start, good characterization, and overall left me with enough new information and plot hooks that I am hopeful next issue can bring the story back to the higher levels attained by the promise of previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Jun 12, 2019

    Clark, Kara, and Jon continue to battle Rogol Zaar and Zod in space. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 17, 2019

    VerdictI don't think Brian Michael Bendis is a bad writer. I have liked his work on other comics and much of his writing in this current iteration of Superman. However, I have strong reservations about many of the choices he has taken with the direction of Superman. I don't feel that the story he has given us so far has justified these changes. Hopefully, he will wrap up this current Rogol Zaar story soon and bring the title back on track with a new story arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 12, 2019

    Superman continues to be a frustrating read that never manages to find a worthwhile hook to keep my interest. With Action Comics being key to one of DC's big events this summer there seems to be little incentive to expect anything to improve on this title. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 14, 2019

    It's been a year at this point and I feel like we are still stuck at the same place we began at. Read Full Review

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