Superman: Secret Origin #4

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 27, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 11
9.0Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

While everyone wants something from Metropolis' first Super Hero, Superman must fight his first Super-Villain someone who wants everything the Parasite! Meanwhile, Lex Luthor turns his attention toward The Man of Steel... Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continue their bold reinterpretation of the origin of The Man of Steel for the 21st Century!

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 1, 2010

    Frank and company's work delivers artistically just as solidly as Johns' storytelling does, and as powerfully. Superman: Secret Origin is the penultimate amalgamation of the best aspects of Supermans many origin stories. Its repackaged and reinvigorated for the 21st Century. This series will define The Man of Steels origin for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chris Smits Feb 1, 2010

    Though not quite as exciting enough for me to throw a perfect grade onto this issue, I'm still giving up the A. This had the personal touches of dialogue and facial expressions that couldn't possibly be a more perfect representation of the Superman legacy. Some conflict, for sure, but it keeps the emphasis where it's most important: the characters. If Geoff Johns and Gary Frank didn't make you so re-invested in these folks, the situations wouldn't have the impact they're having now. Wonderful, wonderful stuff that showcases why Superman isn't just the first, he's the best. If this keeps up, it may only be a matter of time before the same may be said about this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 31, 2010

    In case you can't tell, I loved this issue. My only complaint outside of the doughnut was the cover. Lara will always have black hair in my book. And she shouldn't look 30 years younger than Jor-El. But outside of 2 minor stumbles, this book was great. I am interested in seeing just how the city slowly recreates itself with Superman there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jan 31, 2010

    I really can't imagine this miniseries being any better than it is. Did we really need another retelling of Superman's origin, even with the revisions like we see in this issue? No, probably not. However, when the craftsmanship is this freakin' good, we shouldn't argue. This issue looks amazing and also reads quite well. I've never been a huge Superman fan, but it is issues like this that show me exactly why the character has endured as long as he has! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jan 30, 2010

    If the other comics in the Superman line have served to remind us why Superman is so important, and to make us clamor for his return, then this series is the perfect way to whet our clamorous appetite. Johns and Frank know what they're doing here. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jan 27, 2010

    Even with Gary Frank's gorgeous rendering of Superman, his world and supporting cast, the issue just doesn't accomplish enough to feel truly worthwhile. Do we need another comic to tell us that Lois Lane is a feisty reporter, the one journalist in Metropolis with the gumption to take Lex Luthor to task? Did we really need to be reminded that Lex Luthor hates the very idea of Superman? In the end, what purpose will Superman: Secret Origin really serve, except to act as a well-crafted origin story that doesn't require a series of footnotes explaining the latest changes to DC continuity? The jury is still out on that one. Read Full Review

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