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The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1

Writer: Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson Artist: Dan Jurgens, Clay Mann, Tom Grummett, Lee Weeks Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 9, 2022 Cover Price: $10.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 14
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Written by DAN JURGENS, ROGER STERN, LOUISE SIMONSON, and JERRY ORDWAY. Art by DAN JURGENS, BRETT BREEDING, BUTCH GUICE, JON BOGDANOVE, TOM GRUMMETT, and more! 30 years ago, the unthinkable happened. The Man of Steel died. After sacrificing himself to stop the unstoppable global threat, Doomsday, Metropolis and the rest of the DC Universe mourned the loss of their greatest hero. To mark this monumental moment in comics, DC has reunited the complete creative team behind the original event for four brand-new stories. Led by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding, the special kicks off with a new Superman story and villain...DOOMBREAKER! Followed by a s more

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Nov 15, 2022

    Thirty years ago, we watched a Superman die. Thirty years later, it still resonates as much as it ever did. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Nov 8, 2022

    This anniversary special is the perfect celebration, revisiting and adding to one of the biggest stories in comics. This issue will awaken your inner child and bring back the wonder, excitement, and drama you experienced the day Superman died. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 8, 2022

    Overall, all four of these stories are note-perfect, but the first Dan Jurgens tale might go down as an all-time classic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Nov 8, 2022

    A beautiful way to add context to one of DC's landmark moments in history. The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special focusses on the human impact of the Man of Steel through the people who know him best. What a stunning way to celebrate the anniversary! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 14, 2022

    Anyways, this was a very fun sequel to the famous arc. The retelling was done nicely, showcasing some classic images from the story while adding Lois' commentary, looking back at it and what it all felt like. The art is just as classic. I feel like I stepped into a time machine to read this. Jurgens and Breeding can still bring it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame Nov 9, 2022

    The result is uneven, but a welcome trip down memory lane regardless, giving fans of the "Triangle Era" of Superman a lot to love. Read Full Review

  • 10

    I enjoyed seeing some work by writers and artists who have a half-assed idea of what they're doing again. The Doombreaker story was a fine modern take on the ramifications that Superman's death had 30 years ago. It was like the Triangle era was still going on today. I always wondered what Jon thought about his father's death. Little did I know he never knew about it. If Damian were to learn about his father getting his back broken he'd just smugly say "(Ttt) It never would have happened if I were Batman."
    It was great seeing the many talents who brought that legendary story to us returned. And they haven't lost their touch either. Too bad DC prefers bringing in Marvel writers rather than rehiring their old legends.
    This was a tru more

  • 10
    RKS Nov 14, 2022

    The book hits it out of the park, similar to game 6 of the 1993 World Series on October 23, 1993 When Joe Carter hit a home run secure the championship win for the Toronto Blue Jays. The art in this book is just better than 99. 99% of the crap art that is produced today. It's just not a little better it's A LOT better. Jurgens and Grummett embarrass the "artists" of today with this book. Honestly, DC should just throw money at them to come back and illustrate the current series because what they produce is just that much better quality.
    As for the story, again this book is on point. Every page builds and adds. There is no filler in this book and it is a well constructed story. Although Simonson fumbled a little bit with her st more

  • 10
    Forever_Knight82 Nov 11, 2022

    Loved this issue. I'm so glad they brought back some of the original writers to pen some new and interesting stories . Loved the pin-ups in this as well. Amazing all around well done DC.

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  • 9.5
    deen Nov 14, 2022

    I remember seeing that cover image of Lois holding a bloodied Superman in her arms, as the cape billows in the background, and my tiny 10 year old brain was shattered. They got me!

    30 years later, the weight of the moment is still not lost, despite the wacky shenanigans we went through to get Supes back. I was sort of hoping we'd get a reaction from Jon to the Super Mullet his dear old dad sported soon after the event!

    All kidding aside, this was a nice special. A good walk down memory lane to a very memorable Superman story. It was good to see the different perspectives and the old masters come back for another yarn set in this period, including Roger Stern! I enjoy the Kents story told by Jerry Ordway and Tom Grumme more

  • 8.0
    superstan52 Nov 14, 2022

    it was ok, but ludicrous things ruined the DoomBreaker story for me. (SPOILER ALERT) Like, DBs human identity is ascertained because a guy in the crowd says DB's voice "sounds like" the guy they know. First of all, his physiology has COMPLETELY changed. His voice is not going to sound anything like what it did before. And between the chaos and the incredible noise the fight produces, that's the first thing that pops into your mind when DB utters 3 words? That your friend turned into a monstrous killing machine? And also, in the middle of the battle, Clark Kent makes a rather odd appearance to comfort Jon. Apparently DB got fooled by the glasses.

  • 7.5
    Matsuro Dec 5, 2022

    "The Life of Superman" - 7,5
    "Standing Guard" - 7
    "Time"- 8
    "Above and Beyond" - 8

  • 6.0
    Simon DelMonte May 11, 2023

    Nostalgia not just for the event but for how comics were once written. And it doesn't add up to much. The first story - the only one that isn't just a flashback - has far too much of Jurgens's often clumsy dialogue and pacing (though it also has his grasp of Superman and his art). The Ordway and Stern stories are okay but add little to the original story. Only the Simonson/Bogdanove story really resonates, with some of the best art Bogdanove has done in ages and a reminder why Steel is such an important character.

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    Pardo Nov 20, 2022

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    Dave Nov 15, 2022

  • 9.0
    Jason The Dude Feb 21, 2023

  • 9.0
    ed1138 Jan 2, 2023

  • 8.0
    Watchtower022 Nov 26, 2022

  • 7.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Nov 18, 2022

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