Superman #21

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 11, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 31
7.5Critic Rating
5.3User Rating

It's Mongul versus Superman in the battle for the survival of the United Planets! The Man of Steel must confront Mongul in front of all the powers of the galaxy, or peace will never be achieved. During one of the most private moments in Superman's existence comes one of his biggest challenges. If Superman fails, the whole of the United Planets falls!

  • 10 - Christian Hoffer Mar 11, 2020

    Superman #21 is what every superhero comic needs to be. It lingers on the big moments when it needs to, it doesn't rush through conversations or scenes, and it doesn't fall prey to padding an issue for the trade. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - Cody White Mar 11, 2020

    Superman #21(Bendis, Reis) continues to push the Superman to new heights as "The Truth" continues. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 19, 2020

    Superman #21 is a tour de force. While the beginning is a Bendis cliche, the rest of the issue makes up for it. Bendis uses his page space efficiently, focusing on the action in the sections of the story with Superman and the drama on Earth in the Lois Lane parts. Reis makes the whole thing look great. The ending sets up the next issue expertly, as well. This issue is a lot of fun and an exemplar of what a good issue of Superman should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Mar 11, 2020

    Brian Michael Bendis continues to make Superman a standout title. Clark Kent's big reveal is more than a publicity stunt, and is making for some interesting comics. The United Planets storyline is now completely intertwined with the main plot and it seems that this title is heading toward some interesting places. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 16, 2020

    It's a fast and furious issue - and a lot of fun. And I didn't see that ending coming. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Mar 11, 2020

    This issue could have easily been unapproachable. With Superman hosting alien peace talks, at a certain point, it feels hard to connect. But the creative team included responses from Lois and Earth, giving readers a bridge into the story. The stakes are high, but they're also personal. We see with each new issue how Superman has been redefined as a character. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Mar 13, 2020

    I definitely liked the idea of the UP actually organizing rather than dissolving in the face of the Mongul attack. But the sneaky 'Warworld to Earth' side threat is a great hook! And Lois being tasked for her ethics is fascinating. Add to that the really sparkling art and I really liked this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 11, 2020

    It's interesting that Bendis likes to keep Superman and Lois apart " not separated emotionally, but with their close bond as a married couple constantly tested by physical distance. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 11, 2020

    Ivan Reis delivers some beautiful art in this issue. There are some great action beats throughout and the fight between Superman and Mongul is visceral and well staged. At the same time, the scenes with Lois and fantastic as well and utilize some great, dramatic angles in the reveals. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 13, 2020

    Superman #21 is a good showing for Brian Michael Bendis, but a great one for Ivan Reis. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 16, 2020

    Ah well. The fights are great again here, but once those are over, the reader is left with very little. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 12, 2020

    Bendis' Superman stories are very hit-and-miss. When he's good, he's fantastic, but some of his stories can be a bit of a slog to read. The parts of with Lois and the gorgeous art save Superman #21 from being the latter. Hopefully, Superman's upcoming encounter with Mongul will be more exciting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 11, 2020

    The art like usual is the best part of this book, but even that has its problems at times, but beyond that, we're just dealing with what we had the last issue, just extended a bit, where all it does is lead to a new character to the story.  Like previously, the Superman part of this issue was the weakest link and it's a shame when I don't even want to deal with Superman in his own book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 11, 2020

    Bendis Superman remains a discombobulated mess and Reis is doing his best to balance it out with some well crafted pages. Its at the point where DC head honchos seriously needs to figure out how to rein Bendis in or transition him to another title like Tom King with Batman. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Mar 16, 2020

    "Superman" #21 is a great example of how decompressed storytelling can ruin the momentum of a fascinating story premise. Read Full Review

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