Superman: Secret Origin #3

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 25, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 11
9.4Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

So long, Smallville; hello, Metropolis! Join Geoff Johns and Gary Frank as they explore a very different Metropolis from the one we currently know one that has yet to experience life with Superman as its protector. Witness the transformative power one person can have on a city as young Clark Kent joins The Daily Planet, and Superman takes to the skies and gives everyone a reason to look up. Over the years, Superman has come to mean everything to Metropolis, but be here to learn why Metropolis means everything to Superman!

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 30, 2009

    And I don't think that I can gush anymore about Gary Frank's art. Yes, at times I find his rendition of Clark as Christopher Reeve a little bit distracting. But everything else is so perfect that I can live with it. We're halfway done and already I can get the sense that this will become "the" Superman origin for some time. This will hold up for the usual 20+ years that these things usually do when they are done right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Nov 30, 2009

    Superman: Secret Origin is shaping up to be the best retelling of The Man of Steels beginnings ever produced in comic book form, thus far. Johns and Frank are not only updating Superman for the 21st Century, they are endearing him to old and new fans alike all over again. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Nov 29, 2009

    Every issue of this book just keeps getting better and better. For those wondering if we needed to see Superman’s origin retold yet again: read it. These guys know Superman inside and out and their affinity for the character shines through. For those who don’t much care for the character: read it. This series is redefining the most important and iconic superhero archetype of all time. It’s almost like a history lesson that’s being written as we speak and if you’re into superheroes, it’s not an option: you have to read Johns and Franks’ Superman Secret Origin. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 25, 2009

    Finally, I can't really say enough about Gary Frank's art. Frank is using this project to establish himself as the definite Superman artist of our time, blending together all the iconic imagery from the classic films, television shows and comic book runs. Yes, I do wish he would ease back on depicting Superman in Christopher Reeve's image, but I'm not going to begrudge him and Johns that worthy tribute. This is bold, incredibly iconic stuff, driven by the fluent visual language of a master storyteller. Whether or not all of Johns' changes stick past the next time DC sees fit to tweak the Superman mythos, this miniseries will surely go down in history for Frank's work if nothing else. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 2, 2009

    I'm enjoying this series, although I'm hard-pressed to explain why these minor tweaks to continuity are necessary. But Johns is taking a more personal approach to Superman's origin, and so far, it's a good story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Nov 29, 2009

    I've been loving this series so much, but this issue is easily my favorite so far. This issue really captures the magic and wonder of the Superman/Clark Kent dichotomy and is a great showcase of how awesome Lois Lane is. I've never been a huge Superman fan, but this series, and this issue in particular are really converting me. Read Full Review

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