Superman #2

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 8, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 42
7.8Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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The world quakes and shakes as it begins to succumb to the effects of the entire planet being moved into the lifeless realm known as the Phantom Zone. As Superman works with the World's Greatest Heroes, an old enemy trapped in the same prison returns to stop the Man of Steel and escape.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Aug 8, 2018

    Inspirational and action-packed, Bendis' Superman is essential reading for DC fans both old and new! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 8, 2018

    I'm loving what Bendis has brought to the table. The last shot of Superman wondering if he will ever see his family again is just perfect. I'm 100 percent on board with this direction. It's thrilling. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 8, 2018

    Bendis is still finding his way around Superman, but the early returns are definitely encouraging. The book hasn't quite gotten back to its creative peak during the Tomasi/Gleason run, but Bendis is on the right path. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Aug 12, 2018

    Superman #2 is a powerful story of foretold consequences that expands on the Kryptonian lore introduced by Bendis. It also features some of the best artwork in a DC ongoing series right now from Reis and the creative team. The stakes are high for Superman, and his feud with Rogol Zaar will only worsen as the horrors in the Phantom Zone wreak havoc on Earth! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Aug 16, 2018

    If you've been on the fence about Bendis' Superman, do yourself a favor and pick up this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Aug 8, 2018

    Superman #2 works regardless of its strange structure and a big part of that is the amazing art. Reis, Prado, Albert, and Sinclair put on an artistic tour de force, throwing powerful, detailed images at readers that keep them turning the pages. Even though Bendis makes some strange decisions, its still an entertaining issue that sets up multiple threats for Superman to deal with. Everything about this book screams epic, and the art brings the whole thing to the next level. It allows the book to transcend the disjointing story choices and makes this a worthy follow up to the first issue. It fails in small ways, but succeeds in huge one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Aug 8, 2018

    The next book promises a lot of excitement in the form of multiple super-powered threats Clark's going to have to deal with. I'm curious if the dialogue will be toned down to focus on the action, however, I get the feeling the balance will be striking. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 11, 2018

    This issue is largely setting up the challenge facing Superman and his allies (plus we get a tiny bit more backstory for Zaar) - presumably next issue, all heck will break loose. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Robert Nuckolls Aug 13, 2018

    Bendis and company deliver another solid "Superman" issue with a distinct, intimate voice, a solid sense of characters, vibrant illustration, and an enticing cliff-hanger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Aug 8, 2018

    This story is straightforward in some ways, complex and deep in others. The earth is in the Phantom Zone and Superman has to get it out and defeat Rogol Zaar, pretty simple. However, intrigue is created by the unknown, who did it? How will Superman save the earth, because I assume that he will? More importantly, why does Rogol need an army to defeat Superman? The cliffhanger would imply that he will get one. I highly recommend this book to fans of Superman who want a superhero story that is not paint-by-numbers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Aug 11, 2018

    To present an adversary as a legitimate threat to Superman can be difficult and often relies on gimmicks, magic or a certain green stone from his home planet, but Bendis and his team have brought us a tangible danger that is likely to stretch him to his very limit. I am excited to see where this story goes and its all thanks to a creative team who truly understand the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 9, 2018

    With this second issue, Bendis' momentum is still going strong. It's still too early to make any judgements about Bendis' new direction for Superman overall, but he's off to a promising start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 8, 2018

    Ivan Reis' art is amazing. I love how vibrant every panel looked from the composition to the colors. Everything celebrated the power of Superman and the art does a great job of driving the story and keeping me interested in what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Aug 8, 2018

    What grabbedme about this issue is the artwork. Reis, Prado and Albert seem to bechanneling their inner Neal Adams. The inking has a rick texture, and thefigure renderings demonstrate stances and facial expressions. I am inclined torevisit past work by Reis and Prado to see if this is a recent development intheir individual styles, or if there has always been a certain mimicry in theirdrawings. Not that thats a bad thing, by any means. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 9, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis delivers one of the more hopeful takes on the Man of Steel in his second issue of Superman, channeling that Christopher Reeve wholesomeness even as the world threatens to shake itself apart in the Phantom Zone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Aug 8, 2018

    Bendis' Superman continues to display a strong voice, but Rogol Zaar's is still a bit mysterious. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Ryan Perry Aug 11, 2018

    Superman #2 is a slow tease with beautiful art. Readers are treated to a few moments of wonder and longer moments of plodding passive nothingness. Reis' art is enough to bring readers back by itself. In spite of itself though, Bendis' story also makes a solid case for a return to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Aug 8, 2018

    SUPERMAN #2 excels in its characterization of Superman. However, it's static plot makes for a narrative that moves all too slowly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 8, 2018

    It's a big, explosive sci-fi tale that has a lot of ideas but not quite the execution to pull them off, and some really odd dialogue quirks. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Aug 11, 2018

    The Superman series continues the story threads set up in Man of Steel and handles it pretty well with the help of the art team, despite the god-awful character work. However, there is a constant fear that he will mess it up somehow Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 13, 2018

    I need to feel excited about this book, eager to read the next part. I need to be brought into the world and the story like I have in other Bendis books like Alias and New Avengers. There is almost a tentative feel to this. I wouldn't mind some risks.Maybe he is still getting acclimated to this playground? All that said, it's gorgeous. Reis and Prado's Superman is really iconic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 9, 2018

    The ideas and dialogue is promising; the action is top notch and eye-popping.Brian Michael Bendis has demonstrated an excellent amount of finesse with Superman and DC, but it's simply time to move on from Rogol Zaar. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Russ Burlingame Aug 8, 2018

    Gorgeous art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado can't overcome a leaden story that goes virtually nowhere between the first and last page, and the highlight of which is a wink-and-a-nod in-joke. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Aug 8, 2018

    Bendis' Superman has taken a bizarre turn with dialogue and average story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 8, 2018

    Over narration, bad dialog, indecipherable art at times and a red haired Barry Allen make up only some of the problems with this book that seemed more focused on referencing Superman IV instead of telling a decent story.  I hope things change quickly because as of right now I'm not enjoying any of the Superman titles that are being given to us. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 11, 2018

    The new issue of Superman leans too hard into the generic monologuing, both from the hero and the already overly generic new villain. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman Jones Aug 8, 2018

    [My original review for posterity. I originally gave this issue a rating of 4.5.]: "I don't see what people apparently see in Bendis. I find his voice to be utterly generic. I do love me some Ivan Reis art (esp. Superman) so that's what the points are for.

    "If you're looking for a good Super-book this week that seems to well accomplish what Bendis seems to be trying to do I'd recommend Supergirl #21 by Andreyko and Maguire instead. Even with Rogol Zaar they drank BB's milkshake."

    I just gave Superman #2 a second chance and I think I just had so much bias going against him (based only on his prior DC work which I found really unremarkable) I wasn't able to enjoy his writing. On a re-read I finally felt like I got what p more

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  • 7.5
    Nihilist Aug 8, 2018

    Similarly to his limited Man of Steel run, Bendis is taking his time to tell a story - I personally like that, but if you've expected non stop action and quick development, you won't find it here. Barely anything substantial happens in the issue, and instead of unraveling events of the main story, we get some insight into Superman's thoughts and feelings, showing his willingness to be a hero, to make a change.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Aug 8, 2018

    Another fine issue.

    The story doesn't move forward very much, but the characterization Bendis gives here Superman is spot on. He is heroic as they come and hopeful to the core. It is shown especially well in a conversation with Green Arrow that Superman recalls.
    We also get more on Rogol Zaar. We learn that he was around for a long time and that he was basically a galactic bogeyman that many people feared. And now he is in the Phantom Zone with the whole Earth and Superman. And I must say, I like him.

    Unfortunately, we also get in this issue the biggest flaw that plagued Bendis' Superman in most issues. His portrayal of the Scarlet Speedster. I don't want to write idiot, but his Flash definitely isn't the smartes more

  • 7.5
    DVE Aug 20, 2018

    This is a reacting to disaster issue. Stakes are setup and we learn what happened to Rogol Zaar after he went into the Zone and that he isn't responsible for the current crisis. Bendis' Justice League still needs some work. Bendis' Superman remains impeccable, some of his best individual character writing in memory. I don't dislike Rogol Zaar like some but I think he needed a rest before coming back. He's going to need some depth of he is going to stick around. Gorgeous art, colors are washed out on the flat paper, I think the colorist needs to adjust.

  • 6.0
    ohhaimark Aug 8, 2018

    The second issue in Bendis' Superman run proves to be not his worst issue, but certainly nothing I would label as a "must-read." The main problem with this issue, is that, plot-wise, nothing happens until the last few pages. I appreciate that Bendis is great at writing the internal monologue of Clark Kent, but seriously, something needs to happen while he is narrating the issue. It's a common problem with Bendis' Superman comics in my opinion. Some of the new scenes from Rogol Zaar's point of view do show some good storytelling, albeit pointless, but unfortunately I have never thought Zaar was a good villain. He reminded me of everything people hate about MCU villains and this issue is no exception. At least this story arc opens up the poss more

  • 6.0
    A Dawg Most Dirty Aug 15, 2018

    This issue was a combination of recapping and stalling. I probably could have skipped this issue and moved onto the third issue.

  • 3.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Aug 15, 2018

    Any comic that has Batman taking a shit as part of the narrative is a badly written comic.

    Not to mention Rogol Zaar is the most boring DONUT STEEL CHARACTER. If I wanted to read about this cosmic warlord that is so threatening to entire civilizations, I'd read Dragon Ball Z, because Frieza does a better job at that than Rogol Zaar.

  • 10
    Frank Aug 10, 2018

    Here we go again. Ivan Reis takes on another long term assignment. Wait the first 10 pages are done by two other artists. Seriously, I was going to by a treat for my shop guys if he made it to # 6 before I opened book. Do me a favor DC when you announce these issues in ads don't even put the artists names in. If you think Reis and Lee are draws forget it. Has Lee ever made it past # 8 recently. Maybe Ivan was too busy doing the cover to do inside. No excuse now. Not twice a month. Before you announce this stuff have three issues done. Miss the dys of Kirby, Adams, Kane Aparro etc when unless something happened and you had a fill in issue you could count on an artist. Jim Cheung does 3 issues of Justice League gone for 3,4,5 comes back for more

  • 8.5
    Pundo Aug 10, 2018

    Foi uma boa edição, mesmo eu não estando muito contente com o plote desta saga, foi uma revista consistente na historia que conta, ouve um estranho momento entre o Clark e o Barry, principalmente quando tiram a mascara e parece ser o Wally, imagino que seja um erro do desenhista ou colorista, mas o editor não deveriam deixar algo assim passar

  • 8.0
    Simon DelMonte Aug 9, 2018

    For years I heard complaints about the decompressed storytelling of Brian Michael Bendis. And sure enough, this is a very decompressed story. But I kind of love it. Bendis writes such a great Superman that he makes up for everything about this issue that shouldn't work. Well, maybe not his take on the Flash. There's only half an issue of story here, but all of it grabs me.

    And who could fail to love the art?

  • 7.5
    Synthozoid Aug 10, 2018

    Pretty good, except for the goofy Flash dialogue.

  • 7.0
    Ollie44 Aug 10, 2018

    The art and Superman’s inner dialogue makes this a decent issue. There is more of an attempt to make Rogol Zaar more interesting. The issue ends suddenly and I miss how quickly Superman assesses his situation at the end without starting to take any action.

  • 7.0
    KFuqua Aug 14, 2018

    Nice art, but Bendis still hasn't impressed me at all.

  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Aug 30, 2018

    Great artwork and somewhat interesting story, but the it feels that nothing happens in the issue. Some of the dialogue was outright bad. So far this book is a complete opposite of Bendis' Action Comics, which has been fantastic.

  • 6.0
    SloboSOY Aug 9, 2018

    Superman 1 was a good surprise. This issue two give too much challenge for that I would be interested to see where it will go.
    The earth in the Negative zone & Rogol Zaar as a foe would be largely sufficient. But no Bendis make the stake bigger & the possible help vanishing quickly.

    Cover - I take the variant. Not in link but nice 1/2
    Writing - Bendis do a pretty decent job. His superman feel right. But I'm not fond of too many problems who feel as if Bendis have already a Deus Ex ready to solve all this. But I want Superman, not some magical/science/other stuff trick to solve things. And I don't like have superman fearing to have more than he can chew. 2/3
    Arts - Reis & Prado make a hell of job. Love it. 3/3

  • 6.0
    daddyT Aug 10, 2018

    note to Bendis: the Flash is not Deadpool. They both wear red, I know, it's confusing. But really.....

    an otherwise good book, ruined by how idiotic they want the Flash to be.


  • 5.0
    MKW69 Aug 9, 2018

    Phantom Zone doesn't work that way. Rogol pisses me off. Batman talks like Damian.

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine Mar 5, 2019

    This was not very well-written and I'm not interested in it or what happens. I don't think characters were handled well, nor the plot.

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