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Posted by SmashBrawler

Great list so far, man. Glad to see I'm not the only person who liked John Carter :D

Posted by SmashBrawler

Alongside John Stewart this has got to be the best skin they've released yet.

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Great review, as always. I would've been worried if this hadn't been a 5/5 :P

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@johnkmccubbin91: I generally wouldn't mind the Donner stuff as I really love those films but the rest of Johns' run had its fair share of homages already so I felt this was pushing it.

Didn't have that much of a problem with the fighting, it's just that Superman was in a pretty messy situation and everything gets conveniently fixed at the end.

True, but Metallo doesn't have a red cape :P

Posted by SmashBrawler

@johnkmccubbin91: There were a few cool moments here and there, mostly the stuff before he goes to Metropolis, but then I thought all the Donner homages were way too much. Plus, I felt the ending was a bit too rushed (and did you know that originally Bizarro was supposed to appear in issue 6?).

Posted by SmashBrawler

Great review, man. Glad to see that you liked it because it was unbearably boring for me :P

Probably the only work in John's Superman run that I didn't really like.

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@veshark: Well, I'll still be looking forward to seeing your finished list.

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Wow, this is really good. I love the reasons you gave as to why you like these characters, I'll probably never put this much effort into one of my own lists :P

I'm looking forward to your Iron Man entry, since he's the only character in your list I dislike.

Posted by SmashBrawler

@akbogert: Heh, no problem. It's easy to overlook some stuff in the inbox, has happened to me.

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow is a classic story but it suffers the same problems All-Star does: it's a celebration to Superman's history (or in this case, a last goodbye). There's a lot of Silver Age references and since the Silver Age was very silly those references may affect the way a new reader sees the actual story. If I had to make a good recommendation for new readers it would be either Last Son (Superman Returns done right) or the Earth One novels (which always struck me as very friendly for modern readers).

I never bought the Teen Titans Omnibus but I'm guessing those events are Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis. Without reading those events things may be somewhat confusing, yeah.

Posted by SmashBrawler

I'm not sure how I bumped into this list but since I've seen where some of these suggestions come from I guess I'll comment on some of them:

  • All-Star Superman: Do not read this series. Yes, I know that's a weird thing to say, but hear me out. To me this is the Superman story, no other has come close to this one in terms of overall quality. However, I think All-Star is better enjoyed once you've got a good grasp on the character, since it's a celebration of Superman's entire history and mythology. If you're a new reader you won't be able to get what this series is trying to accomplish and may end up even disliking it (it has happened before). I recommend first reading other Superman stuff, see if you like the character and then read All-Star Superman.
  • Villains United: Definitely a must-read if you want check out Simone's magnus opus, Secret Six. This is where everything began and where characters like Catman or Ragdoll were transformed into true likable badasses. It's an Infinite Crisis tie-in, but don't worry, you don't need IC to understand this story, you only need it to give Villains United some proper closure (although Infinite Crisis is a little harder to get to).
  • Absolute Kingdom Come: I recommend not getting the Absolute edition. DC's Absolutes are pretty much big Collector's Editions so you'll get looots of extra content such as original character designs, sketches, ads for KC and The Kingdom (KC's sequel, it sucks), photos of the toy line, etc. So if you happen to not like Kingdom Come you'll end up with a lot of extra stuff you won't care about.
  • Geoff Johns' Teen Titans: It's good, but it's definitely not one of Johns' strongest works. His JSA run was far superior, although it doesn't have its own Omnibus yet (Why not? I have no idea).

And about Deadpool, have you read Joe Kelly's run? In my opinion, that's the best Deadpool run yet, although Simone's short stint is solid as well.