By Garrett Hanneken
By the second or third issue of a comic, fans should get a feel as to whether they want to continue buying the series. This is even truer when it comes to a mini-series since fans will decide fast if they want to drop the comic because if it doesn’t grab their attention quickly, then there is little hope that it will later. So, is The Man of Steel #2 worth reading?
To answer that question, I say yes. The Man of Steel by Bendis is gaining its momentum after a lackluster first issue. With that said, Issue #1 was more of an assurance that Superman’s characteristics are in good hands, while issue #2 is giving signs that Superman’s story/world might change. Bendis appears to have various plans laid out for Superman, but it is still uncertain how impactful these plans will be.
The biggest plan that is set up is in regards to Lois Lane and Superboy. In the first issue we saw Superman act amiable and heroic and although we get the same feel from him in this issue we do, however, see signs of him beginning to falter. I bring this up because this kind of Superman acts as a better read because we get to see him vulnerable and what better way to show this than through his love for his family.
Although I found that the story and writing picked up in this issue, the art was still good but having three different artists was noticeable. Doc Shaner did a great job at starting this comic and I was happy to Jay Fabok’s name, but his art was essentially the exact same from issue #1 with one additional panel. As for Steve Rude, his art was fine, but it felt a little cartoony compared to the other artists, especially when it came to his depiction of Rogol Zaar.
Despite any faults, The Man of Steel #2 is a step up from the previous issue. Bendis is able to depict Superman through his actions and words that feel more natural rather than forced. Along with this, the flashback scenes and current scenes that involve the villain Rogol Zaar have me anticipating his and Superman’s confrontation as this buildup appears to be working for the series.
The Man of Steel #2