Superman #26

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 14, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 18
7.5Critic Rating
4.9User Rating

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As Superman deals with the continuing fallout from the world knowing his truth as Clark Kent, he finds himself faced with a physical threat beyond anything he has ever faced before. Synmar traveled across the universe to destroy the Man of Steel. How can Superman contain the havoc this new foe will cause so that everything he has sworn to protect doesn’t collapse with him?

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 16, 2020

    We know that this fight will eventually head to Metropolis given the opening splash.But I liked this preamble.Superman now knows this thing is heading to him. So why not meet halfway. Because if it is a nice meeting, he can  greet them. But if it is for a fight, he is far away from people.The first panel, a determined Superman streaking in space is just great.And the last panel showing the impending collision, the words in the middle, is great. And then this moment.Utopica comes out of the ship.And Superman is floored about the newness of this being. This is a new species from points unknown. He is legitimately excited. His stance, arms up palms out, screams 'I don't want to fight'. I guess I like how he thinks the best, prepares for the worst, and is naturally curious. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 14, 2020

    While his run hasn't been entirely perfect, installments like this prove that Bendis is a good Superman writer and will be missed when he moves on in a few issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 19, 2020

    It's the small details that get under the skin. I've really been enjoying Brian Michael Bendis' take on Superman - but the beginning of this issue shows one of his weaknesses. The story opens with Superman fighting a powerful alien in front of the Daily Planet - and in the fight we see his "civilian" clothes being burned off, revealing his costume beneath. But later in the issue, when he fights the alien he's already removed his civvies. I'll admit that's a minor point, and the rest of the issue is very good. We get more about Superman's "regular" life now that he's revealed his secret identity, we see some unexpected ways in which Superman protects his friends (and the world in general), and we see what happens when he encounters a truly alien opponent. So, the issue isn't perfect - but it is a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Oct 13, 2020

    This was a fun issue to read, I would have loved to have read more from Synmar’s perspective, but seeing Superman try to communicate with it before engaging in a physical confrontation was nice. The “Mythological” arc makes for a fine jumping on point for new readers, so if you’ve been thinking about trying out a Superman book, now’s the time. Let us know down in the comments your thoughts on Synmar and this week’s issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 28, 2020

    Bendis' run on the title has been hit or miss, but I would definitely group Superman #26 among the hits. In this issue we get to see a some good character interaction between Lois and Clark, as well as between Clark and Steve. Plus, Bendis has added an interesting twist by pitting Superman against a villain who remains mute, leaving Clark to guess at his motivations. All in all, Superman #26 is one of Bendis' better issues of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 13, 2020

    As Brian Michael Bendis begins his final arc on Superman, the new villain Synmar is headed for Earth with one purpose"to destroy Superman for what the explosion of Krypton did to him and his world. But while Ivan Reis gets to draw some excellent battle sequences at the start and end of the issue, the best parts of the script are the quieter ones as we see more of the fallout of Superman's decision to reveal his secret identity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Oct 14, 2020

    This is another fun, but not exactly groundbreaking issue of Superman that continues a string of solid issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 13, 2020

    Ivan Reis makes every action sequence look epic. The fight is big, bright and bold. The quiet moments are beautifully rendered. I just wish I cared more about the antagonist. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 13, 2020

    Bendis doesnt offer much development after a strong introduction to Synmar, but the character work and Reis art make the issue work checking out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Oct 15, 2020

    Superman faces a Synmar threat, and this issue is mostly a fight between the two forces. While there are some nice character moments, overall this is a physical conflict. If you pick up this issue it will feel unfinished and like it was a chapter ripped from a trade. A typical Bendis Superman comic, where there are some great ideas here but not executed to the fullest extent. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 14, 2020

    Truly, I am looking forward to a new writer on this book. That day cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 13, 2020

    Superman loves his wife and Jimmy's been sleeping at the Fortress of Solitude. These are the big reveals of this issue, but as far as the new villain Symar goes, you just get a fight that you don't understand, nor does Superman. The art looks great, but the story doesn't do much for this arc. Read Full Review

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