22gigantes.com - HE’S NEVER BEEN SO POWERLESS...OR MORE NEEDED!Life as Superman knew it is no more. He’s lost his identity as Clark Kent, his job and almost all of his powers. But he’s still Superman. And, powers or no, he’s determined to uncover the mastermind that’s taken everything from him.Superman’s investigation leads him to an underground super fight club called Mythbrawl, which he joins to make ends meet while he tracks down Hodor_Root, leader of the crime syndicate that leverages secrets for power. Yet he soon discovers the real threat comes from Hodor_Root’s “father,” Vandal Savage, and his orchestrated campaign to reclaim the comet that granted him immortality aeons ago. If Savage succeeds, he’ll grow powerful beyond imagining. And with the comet drawing closer to Earth, Savage’s “spawn” popping up all over the world and most of Superman’s allies incapacitated, there’s no way a powerless Kal-El can persevere...unless he taps into the one thing that, whether he wins or loses, will take its toll on Krypton’s last son.It’s the beginning of the end for the Man of Steel, chronicled by Eisner Award winner Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and Peter J. Tomasi (SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN), and featuring stunning artwork from Howard Porter (JUSTICE LEAGUE #3001) and Mikel Janín, among others. Collects SUPERMAN #45-52 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #3.
Best Review of Superman (2011-2016) Vol. 2: Return To Glory:
Most helpful customer reviews 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful. OK story, but horrible "packaging" with a story that cuts out half way through the book By Amazon Customer This story had some nice moments, including the rise/approach of Vandal Savage and how Superman/Clark deals with his loss of power. But, mostly the one star is for crappy packaging - so you get half-way through this volume (after having to read Superman Men of Tomorrow, Superman Before Truth, and Action Comics Truth just to understand the set-up for this volume) to find that key events have taken place elsewhere (it doesn't tell you where, but a bit of research here on Amazon says that you can read about it in a collection called Superman Savage Dawn). But Superman Savage Dawn is just a collection of stories appearing in OTHER collections (Action Comics and Superman / Wonder Woman), which AREN'T EVEN AVAILABLE in collected editions yet!So, if you made it through the Superman Before Truth, then Action Comics Truth, then the first half of Superman Return to Glory collections, you have to either keep reading Superman Return to Glory with a merely summary of events you missed (even though are you in the middle of the book you bought thinking there was a complete story in it!!!!) or purchase Savage Dawn, in which case, you will be stuck with duplicating the stories when you buy the corresponding Superman/Wonder Woman and Action Comics collections (which aren't even available yet) later on!!!! Seriously?If you buy a book, you should be able to read it cover to cover - doesn't a "collection" or even the covers of book mean anything anymore? DC has done this before (see "The Joker" which was just a collection of stories across the Bat-universe, and which meant that you doubled up on books; and also with Superman - H'el On Earth, I think it was). Even worse, the issues in this collected edition are not numbered. C'mon DC! 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. Needs a warning label By Alt What you get in Return to Glory (Superman Volume 2): Superman 45-52, Superman Annual 3, Superman Rebirth 1, Batman 50. And a ton of alt covers, or maybe just a bunch of random artwork that was sitting around and that got tossed in here to fill pages.What you don’t get: All the parts of the Savage Dawn story that appear in Action, Superman/Wonder Woman, and other titles. Which makes this volume come across as fragmented, since huge chunks of the story are missing.Another thing you don’t get: All the parts of the Final Days of Superman story between parts 1 and part 8. Yeesh.Reading through this volume is like reading random chapters from a couple of different books. A whole lot of context and content is missing.$$$$$$ I understand that DC wants to pimp as many of its titles as possible, and so forces readers to buy titles they might not want in order to read a complete story. That’s sleazy marketing and disrespectful of readers, but I understand it. What I don’t understand is collecting part of a story into a volume like this one, leaving huge gaps in the storyline. I don’t see a warning label on the cover that says “Caution: Most of the story is missing,” but it should be there. I suppose the intent is to make readers drop this (after they’ve shelled out big bucks for it) so that they can go buy the Savage Dawn volume (for more big bucks) and the Final Days volume (still more bucks) before returning to this and rereading issues that they just read in the other volumes. $$$$$$$The most interesting notion in this volume concerns a group of lesser gods (the Mythbrawlers) who aren’t doing so well in public opinion polls. Their mythologies are on the brink of extinction and they’re trying to do something about it. Superman, who is down on his luck, joins them as a cage fighter (without the cage). Well, its 500 bucks a fight, win or lose, and a man of steel’s gotta eat.The main storyline in this volume has Not-So-Superman fighting Vandal Savage (that whole Savage Dawn thing). Superman is about 20% of his old self and nobody loves him. Except Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy’s as loyal as a Labrador.Things start to get silly when Savage fuses the Fortress of Solitude and the Watchtower and the Carrier because three cribs are better than one. Then he dumps the whole thing onto Superman, which cheeses off Wonder Woman. Well, everything cheeses off Wonder Woman, so that’s no surprise. Oh, and there’s this whole weird thing with kryptonite. It’s like Superman’s breakfast cereal now. Don’t get me started.Oh, and Kal-El’s parents have become religious zealots. That’s part of a Ghost of Christmas Past story, only without Christmas, and with Vandal Savage as Scrooge and … Superman as Tiny Tim? Maybe I’m reading more into this than the author intended. Actually, after the Ghost of Christmas Future encounters Gorilla Grodd, I pretty much lost track of where it was going. But that’s okay because so did the writer.Given the many attempts DC has made to destroy its icons (and thus its future), I have to admire the fact that this story arc presents the Superman that fans have loved for generations. I don’t think much of the art (some of it isn’t bad, some seems to have been drawn with the wrong end of the pencil), although it follows the recent DC tradition of making its characters completely unrecognizable. What I like is the sense of tradition. On several occasions, Superman makes the kind of selfless choice that makes him Superman.As for the Last Days of Superman, the first issue (part 1) is quietly touching and the next issue (part 8) is silly. Solar Superman? Seriously? Fortunately, it gets kind of touching again at the end. Some of the art in that issue, by the way, looks like it was traced from a funhouse mirror.It’s hard to rate this because I liked the writing well enough to rate the volume a 4, but the bizarre $$decision$$ to include so much of the story arc in issues that aren’t bundled into this volume makes it worth about a 1. I’d probably give the art a 3, and I’ve giving the whole volume a 3 as a compromise between my dislike of the marketing and my appreciation of some decent writing. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. I really didn't like where this went with Superman and can't say I'm ... By Nicola Mansfield This is quite long and has a lot of things going on. It's way too complicated to go on and on about the plot. I really didn't like where this went with Superman and can't say I'm looking forward to the new change. A lot of the story was missing in this trade with big gaps in the plot taking place in cross-overs. There are three or four breaks where there is a page of text summarising what happened in two other trades. I've never seen this done before and didn't like knowing that so much of the story was happening in other books. The artwork is done by a lot of artists and style changes frequently, some of it is awful and some is not too bad. Some parts of the story were pretty good but overall I was just plain annoyed with where the whole thing ended up. Not too happy about the state of Superman at this point. See all 8 customer reviews...
"SUPERMAN as a comic should engage the reader's imagination and harness the power of stories, and that's exactly what we're getting here." -- Comic Book Resources"Yang is able to inject a more grounded, socially conscious sensibility into Superman's world without ignoring the excitement and spectacle a good Superman tale needs." -- IGN"As an Asian American, American Born Chinese is the book I've been waiting for all my life."--Derek Kirk Kim in 6/12/06 Publisher's Weekly"A well-crafted work that aptly explores issues of self-image, cultural identity, transformation, and self-acceptance."--Booklist"This is one of the best graphic novels I've read this year. It is highly recommended for all graphic novel collections."--New York Times Book About the Author Gene Luen Yang began making comics and graphic novels over fifteen years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese was published by First Second Books. It became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize.His other works include the comics continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. Currently, he writes SUPERMAN for DC Comics.
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