Superman #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 10, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 42
8.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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As Superman fights to protect the world  from Rogol Zaar and the Kryptonian convicts trapped inside the Phantom Zone, the greatest minds on Earth devise a risky plan to return the planet from the deadly prison. With the Earth continuing to crack and crumble and its greatest heroes fall, can the Man of Steel hold the line and give his adopted world a chance to escape?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 11, 2018

    I admit that I had some trepidation about this title when Bendis took over the reins after Peter J. Tomasi's superb run. However, Bendis is showing that he is fully capable of maintaining the high bar set by his predecessors. If this issue is any indication, the Superman titles are in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Oct 10, 2018

    An emotionally stirring epic worthy of the Superman legacy! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 11, 2018

    The writing is wonderful as usual. Again, I love when Ivan Reis draws this character. This is another fantastic issue in the Bendis era on Superman. I'm glad he's here doing what he does. It's been a golden time indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 14, 2018

    So it's another excellent issue from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis - they have this series cooking on all burners! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 15, 2018

    That was a white knuckle ride of a brawl issue with spliced in scenes of emotion and ethics. And it all clicked. In particular, that 'perspective' panel progression is pure brilliance. And seeing a young, unscarred, less jaded Jon was a treat. It even made the quick solution to bring Earth back a bit easier to swallow. Nothing like a great Superman issue to make me smile. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Oct 10, 2018

    This is an immensely entertaining and heartfelt issue. Bendis tells a story that is uncluttered, values-driven, and action-packed. The final panel sets up compelling questions: Did the team successfully pull the earth from The Phantom Zone and will Superman defeat Rogol Zaar? I highly recommend that fans get on board with this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Robert Reed Oct 12, 2018

    Fantastic action and a strong emotional anchor elevate Superman #4. The story beats aren't completely new, but Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis add wrinkles that make the issue feel fresh and exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Oct 16, 2018

    If the fourth issue of Superman is any indication, I think the Man of Steel is in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 10, 2018

    Bendis does a great job of ramping up the tension in this issue. The story is moving at a really good pace and I like how Bendis is growing Superman as a character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Oct 18, 2018

    Superman #4 is a heartfelt and action-packed issue that showcases the creative talent behind this spectacular series. Bendis delivers one of his strongest stories yet, using the merits of violence to uniquely explore the characters values and behaviors. Read Full Review

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    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Oct 10, 2018

    This issue of Superman is action-packed and filled with excitement, but some long-term Superman fans may still need convincing to become fans of this new era for the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 16, 2018

    All in all, Superman #4 feels like the first comic where Bendis has really understood what it takes to write a Superman comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Oct 12, 2018

    This is a can't miss issue which pits our hero against an antagonist he apparently can't beat. The fate of the planet is in the balance. Can Superman muster enough of what's left of Earth's resources to save our world? Are the few remaining Justice Leaguers up to the task of helping Kal-El in the ways that he needs them too? Just when it looks like this will be the final chapter of this tale, an unexpected guest star leads us… to be continued. **** (8.9 rating) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 10, 2018

    While I haven't been a fan of this Superman book, I have to say that this issue is probably my favorite that we've gotten so far because it was able to balance a huge fight, while also showing us Superman's heart.  Yeah, there's a lot of nonsense in the background that's going on here, but for this issue I was able to see past that and get a decent issue of Superman that made me long for the days that he had his family by his side.  Also, some of the best art you'll see this week in comics showed up here so that didn't hurt either.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Oct 10, 2018

    This book reads super smoothly. It's hard to explain the feeling when a book flows like a television show. Before you know it, you're on autopilot devouring the story and flipping the pages. Part of that is Bendis' impressive voice in Superman; an authoritative voice with a heroic modesty. Reis' art is the other half of the equation with a fantastic display of the chaos Earth is going through. I hope to the comic gods that we'll see Superman's plan unfurl next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 24, 2019

    The Superman series is focused heavily on this whole Phantom Zone Earth storyline and the action with Rogol Zaar and it is a lot of fun in a big cinematic way with how it looks and the power of it all. It's a fast read in those sections but very much worth going over again slowly to really savor the artwork. The story does shift a bit here with a trick figured out in how to solve the big problem facing the Earth but I like that it's a small plot point in comparison to both the fighting and the parenting flashback. I really liked that flashback and it's this kind of material that's really keeping me coming back to it as I like this version of Superman from Bendis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Oct 10, 2018

    Superman iscurrently starring in three DC titles, with three individual storylines runningthrough each. One o hand, I expect a closer knit continuity, but at the sametime I appreciate a variety of storylines to appeal to as broad an audience aspossible. Something for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Oct 11, 2018

    Overall: Superman #4 was a fun read. No, this is nothing all that unique or creative. But, it is a nice solid straight forward mainstream super hero action and adventure. There is certainly nothing wrong with that! I am encouraged by Bendis' effort on this issue. If Bendis can clean up a few small details then Superman is going to turn out to be a really enjoyable mainstream super hero title. I am encouraged by the direction that this title is taking at this point. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Oct 10, 2018

    SUPERMAN #4 brings more dynamic movement to the series' overall slow pace. However, the issue ultimately still finds faults in its lack of character development. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Oct 11, 2018

    In conclusion, Superman is looking up. This issue had better progression, more interesting events, good character moments and spectacular art. Overall, it was an improvement for Bendis's Superman and, if you were disappointed with the previous three, I would recommend this one. Whether this means that his Superman is getting better or if his next story will also be a decompressed bore" Well, knock on wood. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 10, 2018

    Superman #4 lets Superman throw down with a Doomsday level villain and features some nice cameos from his Justice League allies and incredible art from Reis, but Bendis is moving the story along too slowly to become fully invested. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jenna Anderson Oct 10, 2018

    While this might not be the perfect Superman issue, it has just enough to be worth the read, including a genuinely great cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Oct 13, 2018

    Superman #4 is a mix of great action and off-putting dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Steve C Oct 11, 2018

    Really like the direction of this book and the tone of each issue. Plus, the art is fantastic.

  • 9.0
    Danicomics Oct 14, 2018

    Just amazing ... issue is action packed and has heart and best thing about bendis is he is trying to tell that superman is just like anyother person he does get angry and wants to kill people but has a reason to not do so , i am so far loving the series and hope it will keep on getting better and better..

  • 8.0
    Synthozoid Oct 11, 2018

    Script stalls a bit after the momentum from last issue, still fun

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Oct 11, 2018

    Points off for BMB decompression and what might be a misleading cliffhanger. But I love the art and love how well Bendis gets Superman month in and month out. It's rare to have a Supes who doesn't think with his fists, and who can actually be strategic. I want more.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Oct 12, 2018

    "I thought you liked Batman"

    Another month and another solid issue of Superman. I am really enjoying this run so far.

    Superman is more action orientated and bigger in scale than Action Comics, so we have Kal-El taking on the entire might of the Phantom Zone lead by crazed Rogol Zaar in this issue. The fight rages on, heroes come up with a ridiculous (awesome) plan to save the planet and Zaar proves to be a great villain and even match for Superman.

    But even with all this going on Bendis finds time to show us a little flashback with Clark and Jon. In it, we get a nice dialogue between father and son, where the latter learns that patience and some trust can go a long way.

    Good story, great art, an more

  • 6.5
    ohhaimark Oct 14, 2018


    -Ivan Reis's art is good as expected. One of the main things I look forward to in the ongoing series, the art has failed to let down as of yet.

    -The battle was done very well and in a way that felt truly epic.

    -I can't decide if the flashback scenes are sweet or forced. Right now I'm leaning towards the first option. I liked the relationship between Jon and Clark, even if the need to explore such a relationship in this issue came out of nowhere.

    -A great end to the issue. Funny, with a good cliffhanger as well. Makes me look forward to the next issue.

    THE BAD:

    -I'm not a very big fan of Superman's internal monologue. It actually detracts from the story and battle. more

  • 4.5
    YourGreenMuse Oct 13, 2018

    Not a fan of this dialogue. And Rogol Zaar doesn't work. Let him go.

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    I think this had some ideas that could have really worked, but on the whole I don’t care for the execution and I certainly don’t care about the plot. Wow another massively powerful evil guy who is just too powerful to punch how exciting. Extra .5 because Superboy ships Batman/Superman.

  • 7.5
    The 20-issue Ceiling Oct 15, 2018

    There were some good father/son moments here, and maybe I have a bad memory but I feel like we saw this cliffhanger already?

  • 7.0
    Nihilist Oct 10, 2018

    From what I've seen so far, Bendis is taking his time to tell a story - he slowly unravels it in the span of multiple issues, sometimes not even focusing on it. Instead, he likes to shift the focus towards emotions and relations between characters featured, which personally, I have nothing against. I like that, in fact.
    The problem with this issue is, while we have some insight into Superman's relationship with his son, as well as with other characters who make nice cameos here and there, they just feel... odd. They are not well written, and most likely should have been revisited once or twice before greenglighting the issue. For a writer who focuses on interactions, I'd expect more.

    Overall it's a pretty solid comic, but di more

  • 6.0
    daddyT Oct 11, 2018

    best 6 rating ever. seriously. I liked it, I just can't come up with "why."

    from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 6.
    -1 because: it was confusing.
    +1 because: the big blue boyscout as always

  • 5.5
    waltgator93 Oct 10, 2018

    Loved the art. That was the only thing I enjoyed. Bendis seems to have the voice for Clark Kent in Action Comics and at times voice for Superman is great. It's just this story is a bit non-sense (even for a comic book). Was glad to see Jon in the issue however, his dialogue was just painful! Like where the hell did that come from?! The dialogue about Batman seemed a bit too much. If he reworded it a bit I would have loved it. Besides the art, I did enjoy see Adam Strange still there, I will admit I did chuckle at it.

  • 2.0
    RBL Oct 10, 2018

    This is gonna be my shortest review yet.

    The first page of this comic can be used to describe this whole issue, nay, the whole volume, perfectly. The first statement in this comic describes the Phantom Zone as the Nightmare Dimension where Krypton sent its worst creatures, criminals, and GARBAGE. That last statement is exactly what this volume continues to be, the pile ever growing with each issue bendis churns out. And just like Superman says immediately after “and here comes that GARBAGE now!”. Too bad you’re already drowing in it Big Blue.

    Next writer to take on this book will have to do one hell of a dumpster dive to recover anything of value after bendis is done with his run, because so far it’s what amoun more

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