Superman #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 12, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 41
7.9Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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Guest-starring the Justice League! Locked inside the Phantom Zone, the Earth stands poisoned and its heroes lie dying, with no idea how to escape the deadly Kryptonian trap. But an even deadlier threat invades as Rogol Zaar teams with those who have been imprisoned inside the Phantom Zone to use Earth to escape, not caring if they destroy the planet to do it.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Sep 12, 2018

    Bendis and his team have crafted a story truly worthy of Superman's timeless legacy! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 12, 2018

    This issue had me hyped up even as I knew it was rapidly running out of pages. Bendis, Reis and company are making good on the promise to take Superman to an exciting new level with different challenges and threats. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 12, 2018

    The writing is fast and funny. Bendis is killing it here again and is firing on all cylinders. The art by Reis is tops. This is a great comic that has another fantastic chapter here. Keep it up, guys. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 15, 2018

    The story is building nicely and the tension escalates quickly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Sep 12, 2018

    Ivan Reis and the rest of the creative team deserves so much love for the art in this comic. It's just beautiful. Given the opportunity to play around with Earthly backgrounds and Phantom Zone landscapes, the art does not disappoint in any regard. The colors, faces, and everything else all pop with a level of expertise that immerses you in the story. This book is just a glorious display of creative ability. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 17, 2018

    I haven't mentioned the art individually in panels but we are given excellent splashes of Zaar beating up the thugs and a close-up of the troops heading to the Planet. And throughout, we see such iconic shots of Superman you understand why he is such a presence. Great stuff. Okay, I don't quite understand the Phantom Zone yet. And I still don't love Zaar. But everything about this issue seemed to click. I think Bendis 'gets' Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    On Comics Ground - Nick Campan Sep 12, 2018

    I cannot wait for more of this. Bendis has me (someone relatively apathetic about Superman) excited for the next issue. If you are a fan of Superman, I'm sure you'll love it. And if you were like me and a little on the fence about the Man of Steel, I urge you to pick up this new run of SUPERMAN because I was pleasantly surprised by it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Sep 12, 2018

    This story continues to grow in complexity as Bendis adds layers to the Rogol Zaar character and pulls in characters from Superman's rich history. One can only hope with great anticipation that Bendis will be able to stick the landing when this conflict blossoms to full impact as this story arc inches toward its conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Sep 12, 2018

    It doesnt seem like its going to be one for the ages, but its very much a solid Superman story, one that wont disappoint long time fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Sep 12, 2018

    Bendis' time on Superman is off to a great start. With the entire Earth in peril, there's plenty of high-stakes action. Throw in a bunch of guest-starring heroes, some nods to DC history, and a dash of humour, and you have the perfect recipe for a first-rate Superman tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 12, 2018

    Superman #3 continues what has been a refreshing start to this run. I like Bendis take on Supes and Reis, Prado, Albert, Sinclair and Reed deliver strong visuals that are quintessentially Superman. The total package is an enjoyable chapter in what has been a solid arc so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Sep 12, 2018

    Im stilltrying to reconcile Superman with Action Comics. Both are written byBendis, but there seems to be two individual storylines taking place. Perhaps Ivemissed allusions to one or the other, or maybe it will all make sense later on.Im willing to be patient " for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 3, 2019

    While I'm digging Bendis' run in Superman as a whole, the frustration of world-shattering events like this within the book – and from the outset – just rankles me even after all these decades of reading comics. I didn't expect it to be as small as it was with the fires and everything but I dislike the whole go super big thing from the get-go. While the Superman/Justice League side didn't do much for me, I enjoyed what we got out of Jax-ur and how he was trying to handle the strange creature that is Rogol Zaar. It made for some good dialogue, a bit of appropriate snark, and a setup for what should be a crazy bit of action the next time around as we get a cross-Zone invasion going on. I'm still iffy on Bendis at times with this book but Reis and Prado deliver some great stuff out of the ideas Bendis is coming up with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Sep 12, 2018

    Superman #3 has plenty going on and captures Superman's voice and approach perfectly as it slowly builds to something bigger. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Sep 12, 2018

    SUPERMAN #3 find its strongest aspect within its phenomenal imagery. However, the work's struggles to characterize its titular hero and establish a dynamic pace contributes to another installment that feels static and repetitive. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Sep 28, 2018

    Superman #3 expands on an increasingly epic story with beautiful artwork and a growing threat of war. Although it requires an understanding of events in both the Man of Steel miniseries as well as the Superman ongoing, its well worth the read for those following this large-scale story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Sep 12, 2018

    Zaar continues to be an over-the-top cartoon of a villain, and the dialogue from many of the cameos is off. It looks fantastic, but nothing in the issue is as compelling to read as the one tragicomic scene featuring Adam Strange returning to where Earth should be and coming out very confused. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed Sep 12, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis tries to show off both the speed and thoroughness of Superman as he flies from scene to scene, but the issue ultimately feels disjointed, even while Ivan Reis and inkers Joe Prado and Oclair Albert do some amazing work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 12, 2018

    Ivan Reis' art is great and I love the level of detail in the characters, especially their facial expressions. The art complements the story really well and there are some definite moments where the action and drama are elevated in the art. A really great paced and rendered issue that kept me interested in what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Sep 12, 2018

    The current arc of Superman may look pretty, but leaves much to be desired in terms of story. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Sep 17, 2018

    The Last Son of Krypton shines in "Superman" but the shadow of the bland Rogol Zaar keeps this good book from being truly great. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 12, 2018

    While there were some glimpses of a story that I could really get behind, I still don't understand how the things in this issue can be going on.  Problems are just thrown out there willy-nilly and I don't understand the issues explanations to them while waiting for explanations to other matters at hand.  What I'm getting at is, there are some fun moments to this story and some amazing art, it's just that not everything is coming together to make a cohesive whole. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 15, 2018

    Superman continues to fail to impress. The story is basic, the characters are simplistic, and only the occasional insightful bit or amazing art keeps the series above water. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    VanillaCone Sep 13, 2018

    Some nice art but what is this nonsense? Action Comics is actually pretty decent right now but this is like a satire of a bad Superman story. There's no humanity in this.

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  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Sep 17, 2018

    Despite not enjoying Bendis' Man of Steel miniseries, this and Action Comics are a pleasant surprise. I'm slowly warming up to Brian's dialogue and characterization of Clark, but I enjoyed this nonetheless. The reintroduction of classic Supes villain Jax-Ur and the incorporation of sidelined characters like Blue Beetle, Will Magnus, the Atoms, and Adam Strange are just icing on an already delicious cake.

  • 3.5
    RBL Sep 13, 2018

    This story of this book is undeserving of the art that goes with it. Unlike the writing which maintains a standard of terribleness, the art is actually great, the covers in particular are fantastic and serve to lure in the reader to an underwhelming experience.

    Story: Throughout the entirety of the issue Superman is portrayed as a blunt, no-nonsense taking jerk, far from the Big Blue we know. Rather than try to reassure people in what is a planet-wide crisis and maintain order, he just angrily shouts back at them as he attempts to control the situation. This however has nothing on the wordt attempt of a joke the issue starts out on, it missed the mark by miles.

    Once again bendis clearly shows his disregard for all co more

  • 3.5
    Bloodraven Sep 13, 2018

    Ivan Reis deserves a better writer to work with. This is the best Bendis has to offer? Really? What happened to comics? 90% of them aren’t worth you’re hard earned money.

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  • 9.0
    Synthozoid Sep 24, 2018

    Enjoying this

  • 8.5
    ohhaimark Sep 14, 2018


    -Ivan Reis' art is perfect. An incredibly talented artist, you can tell he pours his soul into this issue, and that deserves recognition.

    -I like this series better than Action Comics (not a popular opinion, I know) mostly because Bendis is much better at writing this kind of epic story. And this issue is no exception.

    -I really like the supporting cast of recognizable faces, from both the hero and villain crowd, mostly because of Reis' depictions of them.

    -Slowly but surely, Rogol Zaar is becoming a good villain. He has the menace down, as proven in this issue. My advice for Bendis, if he wants to make this a classic villain, is to make him more than a villain. Step into his psyche a more

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Sep 12, 2018

    Just for the last panel alone, this issue is worth getting, in my opinion. And you can trust me, the story is equally good - I love how Bendis incorporates many different characters into his run, showing that Superman's world is not just Metropolis, but more. Way more. Justice League members have their 5 minutes, or a panel, to be specific, showing how the main events affect the entire planet. There's Bats, and there's Flash, Mr. Terrific, and there's even Livewire, whom I warmly welcome after period of absence.
    Now when I think about her, she could use a haircut, because while spiky blue hair can look awesome (ask Goku and Vegeta), her current look makes me wonder if all the time she wasn't featured in comics, she's spent playing in more

  • 8.0
    Simon DelMonte Sep 14, 2018

    Bendis and Reis's impressive run continues. Bendis's Superman is as spot-on as ever.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Sep 13, 2018

    "S'not funny"

    Earth is still trapped in the Phantom Zone. And while Superman tries to contain the situation and find a cause of it, Rogol Zaar is making some new friends. Among them "worst criminal in Kryptonian history".
    Turns out that not every catastrophe that befalls planet Earth, and there is a lot of them, is a result of some big plan or grand design. Sometimes it might just be an accident.

    Although this issue is kept in a rather serious tone, Bendis offers a few moments of levity. Not through dialogue or jokes but through just showing some funny situations, that are even better thanks to the amazing art. The page with citizens looting a store is hilarious.

    Keep it up, Mister Bendis. I really e more

  • 7.5
    DVE Sep 17, 2018

    Probably my favorite issue so far. We find out what caused the current crisis, the tension is ratcheted up with the Justice League being taken out of the equation, Rogol Zaar forms an alliance with Jax-ur (which surely can't last given Zaar's feelings about Kryptonians) and launches an attack on earth with only a Superman who is slowly losing his powers to stand in the way. The scene with Adam Strange would be funnier if I wasn't wondering how he was breathing in space. The reason Earth is in the Phantom Zone is mundane. It would have actually been cool if Livewire's attempted robbery had been the reason the experiment went haywire. I'm enjoying this story so far and the title shows improvement in each issue though there is something that more

  • 6.0
    daddyT Sep 15, 2018

    just kind of meh.. not bad at all. will keep reading. but.. meh.

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 6.

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