Superman #23

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Kevin Maguire, John Timms Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 8, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 29
7.7Critic Rating
3.8User Rating

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With Superman’s secret identity suddenly revealed to the world, many in his life are worried that he has been tricked or duped into destroying his own privacy! All the more worrisome is Superman has been very susceptible to mysticism. Could all this madness be magic related? It’s time to call the doctor…Dr. Fate!

  • 10 - Christian Hoffer Jul 8, 2020

    This is a must-read issue of Superman that explains everything that's gone on through the character's head over the last couple of years. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 13, 2020

    But the action stuff is really secondary to the very personal discussion Supers is having. And kudos for Bendis for answering the 'does Superman eat' and 'does Superman sleep' question for new readers. I always feel like I could use a refresher since things change so rapidly. No big reveals here. I loved this issue. Another crackling entry. Let's hope DC doesn't reboot everything again and sweep these runs off the board. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Cody White Jul 9, 2020

    Superman #23 (Bendis, Maguire, Timms) introduces a new magical foe but more importantly gives some much needed clarity and unpacking of the entirity of Bendis' run on the run thus far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Jul 8, 2020

    All in all, an enjoyable Superman tale which Bendis makes quite fun, especially the counseling of Clark by the rather inexperienced Khalid. While the villain will be cliched (who isn't?), particularly with his, her or its villainous dialogue "Xanadoth the Lord of the Lords of Chaos. Xanadoth, true owner of that Helmet of Fate", I'm sure it will come together exceptionally well and in classic Bendis fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 7, 2020

    This storyline would be a lot more effective if Xanadoth didn't come off like the ultimate in stock magical bad guys. He talks like an '80s cartoon villain and doesn't look much different. But there's an interesting twist regarding the character that comes into play at the end of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Jul 8, 2020

    Another arc in Bendis' Superman run. This time he is playing in the the mystical aspects of the DC Universe, and hopefully it will lead to some interesting things. This is a promising start, but Bendis' work does not always pay off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 7, 2020

    While not a perfect issue, Bendis does do a decent exploration of what he's been putting Superman through in the previous 22 issues. Hopefully, we will get to see more of this more introspective side of Superman once in a while. And maybe it might just lead to some favourable changes in Bendis' Superman saga. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 7, 2020

    There is some reason for optimism as Fate gets Superman to confront some of his personal problems head on. Xanodath doesnt seem that interesting a villain yet, but maybe Bendis has some surprises to pull this arc off. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 15, 2020

    Superman #23 is an okay issue, but it's a classic Bendis opening issue of a story arc comic- a whole lot of talking and set up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 7, 2020

    While you do get an interesting new villain for our Man of Steel to go up against in this arc, a large portion of this story is just recap for what's been going on since Bendis took over the Super books and while some will appreciate the sympathetic look at our hero as he recalls what's been going on, it just left me underwhelmed.  The art is decent overall, but I need more from our title character in this book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 8, 2020

    Doctor Fate is such a rich character that maybe Maguire can team up with another writer and get a better take on the character. The book ended and I could hardly care at all. Read Full Review

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