The Man of Steel #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Kevin Maguire Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 20, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 48
7.5Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Rogol Zaar has committed a string of atrocities across the cosmos that have led him to the Fortress of Solitude-and now Superman and Supergirl plan to crush his schemes! But are even two Kryptonians enough to stop his sinister machinations?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jun 21, 2018

    Amongst all the changes and big news surrounding DC's comics and movies right now, I hope that Bendis and Superman will stay constant for awhile. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 21, 2018

    And then? After that? The regular series starts! And man, I can't wait for that. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 20, 2018

    The ending is very abrupt, which was probably the intent. That would be more of a problem if the next issue wasn't coming in seven days. I'm enjoying this mini series and Bendis is crafting it in a way that the story doesn't feel stretched out. I'm ready to see where he takes us on this ride next week. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Jun 20, 2018

    Bendis does a marvelous job pulling together multiple themes from his previous issues to make this story feel connected. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jun 23, 2018

    This mini-series never ceases to amaze me nor does the work produced by the art teams that have worked on it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 22, 2018

    One of Bendis' strengths as a writer is knowing how to build tension in the story, and there's a lot of that in evidence here - and I really like the way he writes Superman, as a smart, caring hero. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn A. Warner Jun 22, 2018

    Bendis has, in just 4 issues, placed his mark indelibly upon this title. It remains to be seen how he will handle a long run on Superman, but he is off to a respectable start. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Joseph Kime Jun 25, 2018

    Loving The Man of Steel as much as we are? Let us know on Twitter @HeroesDirect! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jun 24, 2018

    So far Brian Bendis has succeeded in creating a Superman miniseries that is fun for all varieties of Superman fans, despite some detractors I've heard overwhelmingly positive things, it even passed the crabby comic store person test, my buddy at Arcane Comics in Seattle who usually hates everything has even said it's pretty good, which is a test not many books pass. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Robert Reed Jun 20, 2018

    Man of Steel finally hits its stride as issue four sees Superman and Rogol Zaar finally collide. Having both hero and villain in the same city finally balances the uneven feeling of previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 26, 2018

    While this miniseries still feels a bit too decompressed for my tastes when you get down to it, Man of Steel is providing a good look at how Bendis views the character, his role in the scheme of things, and how he applies his abilities to the challenges at hand. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Garrett Hanneken Jun 20, 2018

    All in all, the newest installment of The Man of Steel may be Bendis' best issue to date for the title. It shows Superman as a character made out of flesh and blood all while being enhanced by Maguire's art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 20, 2018

    There are some persistent hiccups that need to be ironed out, but I'm still intrigued by everything Bendis is doing here, and I'm excited to see how the final third of this series plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 20, 2018

    Man of Steel (2018-) #4 brings the action and suspense! Brian Michael Bendis' story will not disappoint, as it leaves the reader with an agonizing cliffhanger, sure to bring them back for the fifth issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - RussBurlingame Jun 20, 2018

    In The Man of Steel #4, writer Brian Michael Bendis's decompressed style of storytelling finally catches up with the events of Action Comics #1000, which he and Jim Lee presented back in April. That alone makes this week's issue the best of this plodding series, although Kevin Maguire's gift for visual storytelling helps keep the pace up even on the (few) pages that nothing is happening. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jun 21, 2018

    The Man of Steel has been an excellent title so far with a fast-paced story, some nice twists on the Superman mythos and, of course, the genuine threat Clarks new adversary presents. Save for a few minor blemishes in some random panels I have no problem recommending this series to Superman fans both old and new. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 22, 2018

    Mr. Oz? Solar flares? Superman being unscathed after the Action Comics ending? Hmmm. Still, as a middle chapter, it did what it should do. Moved things along. Gave me action. And hooked me with the ending. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jun 21, 2018

    Bendis and the entire creative team continue to build on their foundation for this new era of Superman, by focusing on insightful character moments, exciting action and beautiful art. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 20, 2018

    There is some great dramatic tension in this issue leading to an interesting conclusion to the issue, but the story gets slowed down by exposition that could have been better served being cut to round out the third act. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    On Comics Ground - Damon Cagnolatti Jun 22, 2018

    So far, I've just not been a fan of this version of Bendis' storytelling. It has everything to do with the non-linear plot jumps combined with time skips before the story has established a stable situation. Sure, I can appreciate a refreshing new approach to storytelling; however, without narrative build-up and necessary exposition, I felt like a pinball bouncing around through the first few issues of this arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jun 20, 2018

    Some terrific punch-em-up action and some slivers of story progression don't elevate this past the other issues in the series so far. Indeed, much of this issue is given over to Superman learning things we already know. The mystery of the whereabouts of Jon and Lois deepens, but not by much as we do learn who took them away in Clark's successive flashbacks. Still a fun book, but it's definitely starting to feel like a placeholder now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jun 20, 2018

    Overall, The Man Of Steel #4 is a very strong comic. Bendis and Maguire are able to lay out a great, kinetic action sequence that also shows Superman for the type of hero he is, one who is always thinking as hes punching, trying to make sure his battles dont affect the city and people hes sworn to protect. The reveal will probably make sense in the long run, but it feels a bit cliche and lacks the menace that it seemed to be building towards. Bendis is giving readers an entertaining Superman and moving past a lot of the deficiencies in his style. Hes not completely past them yet, but The Man Of Steel bodes well for his future with Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 29, 2018

    The action is the selling point of Man of Steel #4, but while that is entertaining and the visuals are engrossing, Bendis is dragging out the story with no further depth into Rogol Zaar's character and the mystery surrounding Lois and Jon's absence. Those aspects are getting a little tiresome now that we're past the halfway mark, but Bendis' characterization of Superman still works. Hopefully the final two issues will be a little more interesting and revealing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Jun 20, 2018

    The run is just getting started and it is already something Bendis should be proud of. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 20, 2018

    This issuesartwork is a little too polished for my taste. Its good, but the textures seemso smooth and refined that it seems there is little variance. Everything seemsto have a disco-like sheen to it. I dont know if it Maguires artwork or AlexSinclairs coloring, or a combination of both. Either way, I dont care for it,but your mileage may vary. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 20, 2018

    The final pages are the only real moment of solace for me. Issue #5 is the start of the final act of this saga, and I really hope that after all the build up we can let loose. I want to be excited about this new direction, but it's hard when I don't have much to latch onto other than a good internal monologue. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Sequential Planet - Pashtrik Maloki Jun 21, 2018

    Man of Steel #4 is a huge nosedive and sees a lot of the Bendis tropes make a grand return. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jun 20, 2018

    While lacking in the art aspect, the series continues to fulfill the need of action and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 23, 2018

    Man of Steel is past the halfway point, but it's done little to present a compelling plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 21, 2018

    Man of Steel is a frustrating work. The Fabok page reveal has been teased out for so long that it almost feels like a non-event when it happens because juxtaposed with the threat of Rogol Zaar, there’s no good indication of what it really means. Pacing, pacing, pacing. That remains the issue with Bendis’ writing, because he’s not balancing plot and character work at all. And it’s starting to feel like the reward for readers’ patience won’t even come in this miniseries, but rather in Action Comics #1001. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 21, 2018

    Visually Man of Steel #4 is a triumph, but it will never be accused of being a substantial reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 21, 2018

    Man of Steel #4 isnt outright bad, but its barely passable. The art is subpar, the story is told awkwardly, and the stream-of-consciousness thought captions are hard to follow for the reader. I can recommend it if youve loved this miniseries as much as I have and are just dying to see what happens next, but, if youve only been lukewarm on the story, this would probably turn you off completely. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero Jun 20, 2018

    Maybe this story will play out better in a collected edition. However, as it is right now,The Man of Steelis not worth the hype and certainly not worth picking up every week for a month in a half. If you're wondering if you should justwait for Bendis'Action ComicsandSuperman stories, you can rest assured that you're really not missing too much over here, aside from some enticing cliffhangers every now and then. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 20, 2018

    The on-going subplot regarding what happened to Lois and Jonathan continues to drag on in the typical Bendis fashion, with no resolution in sight, though the artwork by Jason Fabok is fantastic. If this is what we are to expect from Superman comics from now on, the future is looking bleak for The Man of Tomorrow. Read Full Review

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