This week we're celebrating Superman! Choose wisely and be sure to say why a certain story earned your love.
Kingdom Come. Beautiful art, provocative themes, haunting story, jam-packed with thousands of characters and a deconstruction of the 90's XTREME phase.
For people who don't think it's a Superman story: Superman is the main character, his actions are the driving force in the plot, he begins and ends the conflict. Although there is a larger world surrounding him, it is ultimatelty a story about his self-imposed exile and becoming a hero once again.
All-Star Superman. No question.
Kingdom Come is great, but it's not a Superman story in my mind, it's a Justice League story.
For the Man Who Has Everything was adapted into an amazing episode of the Justice League cartoon, but in my mind, the simplification of the story makes it better than the original story. If the adaptation is better than the original, it can't be my favorite.
Red Son is one of my favorite Elseworlds stories becuase it's SO different from how we normally see Superman, but All-Star is better because it's the epitome of how we normally see Superman.
What Ever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow is great and was obviously the major inspiration for All-Star Superman, but the ending of it always bothers me. First off, having Jimmy and Lana die makes me sad, then having Superman give up his powers and wander into the frozen Arctic to die as penance for killing is REALLY sad, but I understand it! But to find out he faked his own death AND faked losing his powers doesn't sound like Superman to me. If he really did give up his powers but faked his death to live as Jordan Elliot, I could get behind that, but the whole he really has his powers, :wink: just rubs me the wrong way!
Superman dies in All-Star Superman as well, but it never makes me sad. He saved everyone, he didn't compromise his values, and he may not technically be dead.
I thought about voting Other for Superman for All Seasons, but Book 4 doesn't feel like a fitting climax, and OTHER never wins.
It's really hard to pick which one. My personal top three would be: All star superman, Birthright and probably secret origin. Although my vote has to got to Birthright. The art and overall story were utterly amazing. You can tell that they used some of Birthright in Man of steel. Anyway that's my choice. And three more days till The king returns to take his throne.
All Star, followed by Birthright, followed by Camelot Falls.
Sadly, as much as I love Kal-El (he is my second favorite superhero), I have to admit that there are not thaaaaaat many great books I love rereading. With other characters I love, like Batman, Daredevil, John Constantine, there are so many great stories, I could reread all year. Really sad.
I voted for Kingdom Come even tho it's not a pure Superman story. It's a Justice League story. My favorite story is not even on here. Why is "For Tomorrow" not on here. I thought it would since Jim Lee was the artist on this story, and it was great. I kind of want to take my vote away now, because Kingdom Come is not a pure Superman story. Plus I hated All-Star Superman.
I can't choose, they're like my children. I picked All-Star just because it's freshest in memory. If the technical wording was "best story" I would have picked Red Son (LOVE the twist!) -- but I couldn't choose it as "best Superman story" because he wasn't the Superman we know & love for most of the story.
My favorite story is not there (Which is the Elseworld story The Last Family of Krypton)... So I chose my second favorite. (Current continuity doesn't bode well with me when it comes to Supes.)
You did good, Comicvine.
You did good.
Hahaha! I haven't read Earth One completely, but i thought there were interesting parts to it. Clark in a hood, come on now that is cool. I voted Birthright. (have yet to read it)
Had to go with John Byrne's Man of Steel. The revamped origin story after Crisis on Infinite Earths redefined Superman, Kyrpton, Luthor, and the rest of Kal's supporting cast for 20 years. I have a very strong feeling that the new Superman movie franchise is going to be drawing heavily from the cold emotionless krypton we saw in the Man of Steel comic as well as things like Clark's parents being alive and (even though I have no reason to believe this) an industrial tycoon Lex Luthor.
I came very close to voting for Kingdom Come, but then I saw Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow on the list. I bought that on the newsstand when it first came out. The story blew my mind then and still hold up today. My number two would be Kingdom Come and my number three would be All-Star Superman.
THAT was one epic story!
I won't deny that some of the other books on this list are great Superman stories but this one was different and it really struck a chord with me. The creative team was just phenomenal and this amazing story is accessible to anyone, Superman fans or not.
Seriously, this book deserves more love!
So if you look at the top five Superman stories as voted by readers so far:
All Star Superman 33%
Kingdom Come 10%
Red Son 9%
Death and Return of Superman 7%
It seems most people prefer a Superman story that's out of continuity or in which he dies. What does that say about the way the character gets handled?
@epicmeltdown: Death and Return wasn't that good. People are probably picking it because that's where they started to read Superman since a lot of people started to read the Superbooks thanks to that event. In fact, it's kinda funny that the story's best known as "The Death and Return of Superman" when Funeral for a Friend was easily better than the actual death and better than most of the return.
@sora_thekey: it's Superman, in a HOODIE, it was a cool cover. I think clothes and story was more contemporary from what previews I've seen, he has a phone call with his mother, giving it a Spider Man feel, we see a scrawny kid who could barely fit into football gear take on guys like... 4 times his size? But would Supes have sold his abilities for money?
As an origin story though, John Byrne's Man of Steel is what I prefer, I bought the book a few months ago but haven't read all of it. I read the end where Lois finds Superman and they tell Lois who he is. Earth One was not canon yes? 52 kicked in soon after anyway. Birthright seems to offer more about the super HERO over the SUPER hero. And D&R has some mock/serious questions that answer themselves. Kids ask him questions, like what superheroes do in their spare time (I think that was a hint at how fans could be dumb) and Superman gets some final public words. There's a house burning, and Supes has to make the decision to chase Doomsday or save the family. Very interesting. Given Eradicator and Superboy's entrances, it'll be my favourite