Superman #22

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 22
7.8Critic Rating
5.6User Rating

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The battle for the United Planets hits a fever pitch as the galactic conqueror Mongul beats some of the rulers of the galaxy to death and then heads for Earth! The only thing standing in his way? Superman! Meanwhile, back on Earth, the truth that Clark Kent is Superman continues to spiral out all over the world, and now the Daily Planet's competition is gunning for his wife, Lois Lane!

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jun 17, 2020

    Some fans may not like how swiftly a few of the looming subplots are seemingly dealt with (another Bendis hallmark), but honestly, there's very little to hate about this very good superhero comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 19, 2020

    Lois is finally finished with her book ... you know the one that made her live somewhere else? I truly love how she won't let Clark superspeed read her laborious work. And I love even more his teasing her that he already did. In fact the whole issue is just a fantastic. The two plots interweave and play off each other nicely. The art is spot on brilliant. And we even get a little Supergirl moment! It all makes me smile! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 19, 2020

    So, glad to see that Bendis is (hopefully) sticking around for a while longer, and happy to keep giving this series my highest recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 17, 2020

    There are some spectacular action segments, and a great resolution to how he neutralizes Mongul " not that it lasts, as we saw in Superman: Heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 8, 2020

    Superman #22 is a lot of fun. Bendis writing action can be a mixed bag, but this issue isn't like that at all. The battle between Superman and Mongul is pulse-pounding. The interplay between Lois and Cameron is a lot of fun as well. This issue sets up some interesting stuff for the future as well. Kevin Maguire's art makes the whole thing work- his action is bombastic, and his character work is top-notch. All in all, Superman #22 is a fitting ending for the "Truth" arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jun 17, 2020

    Bendis's writing is fast-paced, direct, and immensely impacful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 20, 2020

    Superman #22 is a successful finale to the United planets story arc. Brian Michael Bendis delivers a good script that fleshes out Clark and Lois is a favorable way. The pencils and colors enhance the issue a great deal and really help convey the emotion in Bendis script. If youre looking a fun comic this week, Superman #22 is an excellent choice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Jun 20, 2020

    The final issue of the arc does tie everything together nicely. Superman and Lois Lane work on their own plotlines and both end up being heroes of their own stories. Also if you want to see a hairy Superman this is the comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 16, 2020

    Kevin Maguire does a really good job with the art. The fight between Superman and Mongul looks really good and there are some great dramatic shots throughout. The Lois side of the story is more subdued and aligns perfectly with the theme of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 16, 2020

    In too many Superman/Action Comics arcs, Bendis not only fails to stick the landing but entirely miss the target altogether. It seems like faint praise, but The Truth finale does allow the title to move forward in a largely positive position for the first time in months. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jun 16, 2020

    Superman #22 (Bendis, Maguire) sees the series return after the COVID-19 induced hiatus to deliver an anti-climactic finale to an otherwise extremely well-done arc in "The Truth". Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 16, 2020

    While this issue looks great and you get a big old fight between Superman and Mongul, the resolution just comes out of nowhere and leaves me wondering what happened to the stakes that were set up previously.  I'm still not a fan of Bendis' dialog and the majority of his ideas for Superman, but there is some stuff in this that can put a smile on your face, but ultimately things just come to a flat end and it's a bit disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 16, 2020

    Bendis' run on Superman has been something of a mixed bag for me. Some of his ideas have truly been great. But some of the changes he has made in service to his story have been horrible. I really love the introduction of the United Planets. But Bendis could have, and should have, accomplished this without questionable retcons and characters acting dramatically out of character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 17, 2020

    Bendis proved again with this issue that he has no direction planned ahead. I wish he did. I also wish Maguire had better material to work with. If he did, he might be on a classic run here rather than an extremely tepid one. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 19, 2020

    Yeah I can definitely see the UN voting to make some guy the king of Earth, that feels legit.

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  • 9.0
    jacoblikescomics Jun 23, 2020

    I haven't loved some of Bendis' run, but this overall was a great issue, definitely worth buying.

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Sep 17, 2020

    Great script and very good art with some great action scenes. This is a terrific end to this arc

  • 7.0
    AdmiralWhiskers Jun 16, 2020

    Brian Michael Bendis appears to have found a groove for Superman post-"reveal". His Superman/Mongul fight (with Legion/United Planets/Superboy implications) and his ongoing harassment/inquisition of Lois Lane on the homefront made for a fun juxtaposition. And then the two come together at the end to tie the issue up with a bow. Very well done.

    Kevin Maguire's art is great. I'd probably buy it for that alone, but the story made it that much sweeter.

  • 6.0

    Like all issues since Bendis started writing, this issue has its ups and downs. The showdown battle between Superman and Mongul wasn't too bad. The Lois/Agent Chase subplot was a snoozer that proves the obvious-Superman going public with his identity was a STUPID idea. The fate of the United planets seems rather uncertain, but do any of us honestly care? That idea became a yawner within 5 minutes.
    The art wasn't great, but acceptable. I think the best part of this issue was that this story finally ended. Let's face it, a single battle that lasts 3 or more issues is WAAAAY too long. This ain't a manga, you know? But like I said, the fight was Okay, so I'll give it a 6 out of 10.
    Bendis plans to leave soon. Let's hope he finds a rea more

  • 5.5

    This one wasn't half bad. It had some genuinely good moments. If I had a better opinion of Bendis' idea of Superman, I may have even liked it. I can't get past that despite controlling both Superman titles that his idea of direction is a bit misguided and isn't as fresh as he thinks.

  • 5.0
    Nathan.Payson Jun 17, 2020

    This issue was mediocre at best because it is full of character inconsistencies, deus ex machina, and convoluted continuity. For a start, the whole Superman as the king of earth storyline with Agent Chase and Lois Lane is confusing and full of wholes. How did Daily Star get the video? Why is Russia and the rest of the security council okay with letting an American Super-powered immigrant being the ambassador of earth retroactively? Why does Agent Chase's message add up to that? On the other side, Superman and Mongols fight is weird. Why does Mongal end up on Venus? How can Superman destroy ALL of War World when no other continuity has ever let him just rip it apart? Why did this issue come out 4 months after Superman: Villains which takes p more

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Jun 17, 2020

    Ugh.

  • 2.0
    Fizgoog Jul 24, 2020

    This is a better comic then Action but that’s not saying much.
    A slug fest with a heavyweight like Mongul should’ve been epic. Instead it was fragmented with crosses to the fem v fem at the Kent apartment. The art didn’t capture anything near what it could’ve. Don’t the editors ever send a page back??!! What are they paid for? I’m enough of a dreamer to wish that these creative teams could capture something like Kirby’s Ulik v Thor or Trimpe’s Hulk v anyone. Ah well. Maybe it would stress the snowflakes out too much. Very disappointed.
    Oh and it was a mistake for Supie to reveal his identity. Hopefully it’ll be a dream sequence or something.

  • 10
    EdNothIng Jun 16, 2020

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