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Edited by Mooned Knight

I still love this storyline, even if it is treading over familiar ground of Superman being Common-man. I agree with Babs concerns over Lois and the direction of the story though. 
 
I'm hoping this is a big swerve and Superman's "knowing looks" to the camera are him slowly turning evil, lulling everyone into a false sense of security. 

Posted by Mumbles

and 1 for supes

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I think might not pick up Superman intill this Grounded storyline is over. 

Posted by Aquamariner

I'm off of Superman until Superman gets off the ground. 
 
This 12 part snooze-fest is DC's way of making people miss seeing Supes smashing and pounding and cross-planet flying.. oh, and it's pure CRAP! 
 
Great vid guys, keep 'em comin'!

Posted by Decept-O

Hate to say but it all sounds like a forced Superman/Batman version of the Green Lantern/Green Arrow "road trip" series many years ago.   That is a great cover.   
 
More Norm if possible! 
Posted by sora_thekey

I was going to pick this series up... 
Yet after know you guys' reactions makes me not want to read it...
 
JMS is not my favorite writer... so IDK
 
Dick and Supes... Meh!
Lois and Superman is an awesome love story... and the few Superman comics I've read, my favorite part is Lois... so this is not appealing to me at all!

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Posted by NightFang

I'm liking this storyline lesser and lesser.

Posted by Green ankh

Well i guess i disagree here for once. I like this issue. I miss the lower key stories from years back. I like the Basketball scene and enjoy getting to see Superman be "human."
Posted by MisterMollusk
@Decept-O: Yep, I was thinking exactly the same thing. If superheroes need to find themselves it should be in zen monastaries or at the bottom of a bottle.
Posted by Farley Deering

Too many lame cliches again, although you guys are right the last page was a doozer!  Hopefully Bats can get Supes sorted!

Posted by mikeisonfire

The suit that this issue's Batman was wearing was Bruce's. A very simple way to tell the difference is to look at the scallops on his gauntlets. If there are three scallops, that is Bruce. With two, that is Dick.

Edited by The Impersonator

What the heck is Micheal thinking? He's giving boring issues so far. Not to mention Wonder Woman #601. That issue got a bad rating.
Edited by Unwritten Duck

Wow, an Unscripted that I actually disagreed with. To be honest, the main thing I take problem with is the whole American Flag on the front cover being cheesy. Hearing that just really bothered me, because this cover reminded me of a really old Superman cover that I just absolutely love: 
 


 There are other reasons that I didn't like hearing that, but I'm not going into that.
 
I also like the storyline simply for the message it's trying to send. Of course we all love to see Superman zooming around and beating up the bad guys, but this story is not really meant to entertain I think. The message of Grounded, at least in my opinion, is how as people we should really try to help each other out instead of caring about ourselves all the time. They are sending that message with Superman, because originally that is what Superman did. He saved people's lives and helped them out. Most of the time that involves putting the bad guys in jail.
 
In the previous issue, which I honestly like better than this one, Superman convinced a woman not to commit suicide. That there is the Superman that I have always admired. Superman actually cares about the people he's trying to save and he is willing to literally "walk" that extra mile just to help mankind.
Posted by MrDirector786

The issue sounds okay, but I'm not sure if I'll pick it up.

Edited by ateygheyev

  I agree with the review.  I  wanna like "Grounded."  I can get behind the idea of Supes walking across the U.S. and really dug a couple scenes like how he interacted with the lady that wanted to commit suicide in a prior issue.  But for the most part, it does feel forced.  I think I'd like it more if I was a naive prepubescent kid again...but then again maybe not.  Also while Eddy Barrows is a more than capable artist, some one like Francis Manapul--with a fresh, almost innocent style of art--would only help us look at Superman in a renewed lite.  After everything he's been thru, its would be cleaning the palate.

Posted by azangarov

I am totally with you guys on this issue. I give it a 2.5 out of 5. The last page, however, really made me want to continue reading the run. Personally, I think its Bruce.

Posted by KingNomolos

I like the idea of batman just walking along with him... I bet they would get into a couple of funny conversations about real problems for the common man.

Posted by TheGhostofGarethGraves

I really dug this issue, not because I'm from Michigan, so the idea of Supes hanging out in my world just rules, and not because of the alien stuff, which I think was a good reflection on how he really gives back to the world that lets him hang out on it. I really dug the issue because it shows us that Superman doesn't like anyone sitting on the bench. Nope. Not happening. He plays some ball, and lets the last one picked knock it outta his hand, changing that kid's life, really. Just generally cool that he'd help the kid out.
Posted by longbowhunter

Action Comics is more fun. I really liked Superman #701, but #702 was a let down. The basketball scene was unbearable. I dig the idea for "Grounded", but having aliens in the book isnt letting it BE grounded.
Posted by doordoor123

LOL final cut.

Posted by Archetype

I've been trying to defend this book I guess because I just dig ol' big blue but in my mind I am not liking what's going on.I agree with what you guys have to say and although I don't think parts of it would feel out of place in say one of the Donner Superman films it mostly does feel forced which really make the book seem cheesy.Hope it gets better...

Posted by danhimself

I love this series so far...love seeing Superman interact with regular people
 
that was Bruce
 
1.  his gloves have 3 spikey things on them...Dick's costume has only ever had 2
 
2. his belt is Bruce's belt...it has the pouches and regular belt buckle while Dick's has been more sleek looking with the Bat belt buckle thing

Posted by Brenderous

fyi: the flag IS so cheesy.

Posted by The Sadhu

the scene with the aliens reminds me of the old George Reeves tv movie that they made way back when!
Posted by BrianDusel

I'm so confused when people are used in more than a couple comic books.  I am a big fan of multiple titles, but this story with Superman is throwing me off.  When we talk about multiple titles we think Wolverine, Batman and Superman.  These three guys are in various comics.  For Wolverine and Batman (and normally, Superman) I get it.  Each comic is like a mission, barely covers a couple days mostly so having 3 missions a month, not a big deal.  But Superman right now is in the Time Masters, lost in time.  How is he walking around in present day and lost in time with the Time Masters?  Everyone grab your brooms, cause I'm calling it... Shenanigans!!!
Posted by They Killed Cap!

I like this approach to Superman  and I like where it is going.
Posted by ImperiousRix

I think Norm makes a good point in that it would seem they're trying to shove Supes aside until a lot of the current DC storylines are wrapped up because they aren't sure how they're supposed to utilize him. 
I'd say this is going to be remembered as a filler storyline when all is said and done.

Posted by danhimself
@BrianDusel said:
" I'm so confused when people are used in more than a couple comic books.  I am a big fan of multiple titles, but this story with Superman is throwing me off.  When we talk about multiple titles we think Wolverine, Batman and Superman.  These three guys are in various comics.  For Wolverine and Batman (and normally, Superman) I get it.  Each comic is like a mission, barely covers a couple days mostly so having 3 missions a month, not a big deal.  But Superman right now is in the Time Masters, lost in time.  How is he walking around in present day and lost in time with the Time Masters?  Everyone grab your brooms, cause I'm calling it... Shenanigans!!! "
This takes place after the Return of Bruce Wayne
Posted by elayem98

that batman had bruce's belt not dicks

Posted by B'Town

I'm trying to find a reason to care about SM.   
 
<yawn>

Posted by GraphicCasualFreak

I got the first one of these and I got the idea, but the fact that they are beating it to death is disappointing.  I think there are much better stories to spend your money on than what amounts to a vanity project by one writer.  Please end this quickly, everybody would like to see the old flying, super powered Superman back in action.

Posted by Hunter114

 
I think it's Bruce... it would make more sense - Unlike the story.

Posted by Nick-SV(ril)

awesome review.

Posted by Lombaszko

Yeah, I'm dropping this, thanks for the Action Comics suggestion.  I think I'll pick that up.

Posted by Cosmic Sentinel

I don't think I'd be quite as harsh in reviewing, although I am finding this story a little disappointing so far. I was hoping to see Superman struggle to find an answer to the everyday problems ordinary people face, possibly inspiring people to work together and helping them through more mundane means, so getting the aliens to solve everything did feel like a cop out.  
 
The basket ball scene was just cheesy. 

Posted by harleyquinnhawkgirl

I think Norm and Babs work very well together on these unscripted! Great Review
Edited by Mr_Wayne69

This series sounds boring. Not in a "I need action sense"... more like a "I need better/appropriate characterization". Sounds like a 2.5 or a 2 to me.
Posted by DavidRose

 I have lived my entire life in Saginaw, Mchigan. I will turn eighteen years old in October. At first, I thought, "Hey, wow! They have my hometown in this comic! Cool!!" Then, my excitement very shortly met grief.  
  
 They're not going to tackle the real problems we have here in Michigan. They're only 'pretending' to tackle the problems. JMS has no clue what's going on here, because he's probably never even stepped foot on Michigan ground. So how could he possibly know what Michigan citizens are going through, or even try to relate, and effectively write a comic that 'deals' with the issues Michigan has?  
  
 ZERO interest in this comic -- even though Superman is in my homwtown. The whole concept behind Superman being 'GROUNDED', was based around the concept that he would 'walk' across America. But if you can't effectively 'relate' to each state/city, than what's the point?
Posted by Eyz

I still find this whole deal pretty interesting...but, hey, I haven't checked out the actual read! I'm waiting for a TPB release :P

Posted by BrianDusel
@danhimself:

You can say its Bruce, but even Babs was confused cause it wouldn't make sense for this to be some future story.  And lets pretend for a moment that it is after Bruce returns.  So his best friend just returned from the dead basically and they just had this fantastical adventure through time with the Time Masters.  Rather than hang with his wife for a bit and get back to protecting Metropolis, he decides to go for a walk???
Edited by MatthewMoran
@DavidRose: You know, I really appreciate you throwing that in there, David.   I can understand a writer like JMS trying to be topical, but it can be both lazy and offensive to just 'name drop' a news headline or town name that appeared in a Michael Moore film.     If a writer only has wikipedia level understanding, or worse yet - a google top links understanding of an issue, don't bother.   The only people who will be gratified by the reference, other than the writer himself, are those who also have a wikipedia understanding of events and/or issues. 
 
Recently . . I had the same feeling reading the first few pages of a Brightest Day issue where Aquaman eluded to shutting down "ALL" of the offshore rigs because of the "greed" of oil companies . . .   
 
Umm.  Ok.   Like I said, if you only have a wikipedias or googles "top- links" level understanding  of an issue . . . please, writer, dig deeper or just move on.    We are fans . .  but not idiots. 
 
On another note: but somewhat related . . . whatever happened to allusion, anyway?   We are talking some good writers here!  (I am taking pop shots at at least two very good writers with my comment . .  )     These are super heros!   You can make social commentary without being so "on-the-nose" about it, can't you?  . . . 
 
Anyway, that is my two cents.    
Edited by 2Kwon
A great review comic vine! I feel Straczynski's run on Superman has been incredible, sure there has been some inconsistencies with the character but this pilgrimage is very unique to DC story telling. There was a time where some of the DC characters were depicted in  a two-dimensional manner, but now the company as a whole for the past few years have been  integrating conscience issues of today.  
 
To read this story arc, one must approach it with a clean slate. Each and everyone of us posses a perception of the Man of Steel from our childhood to adulthood. With that being said....let's push the perceptions aside for a moment. Let's try to suppress any biases or expectancies for where this journey will go next. In life we have moments of anxiousness and we still don't know what's going to happen next. Try to treat this story in the same context people! To some degree all of us has had  a "Grounded" moment in our life (and maybe there are some who haven't got there yet...but thats okay, you will someday).   I think some questions we need to ask ourselves while reading this tile is "What small differences can I make? Or what can I learn about myself or my purpose? What is my responsibility to mankind? We have to have some patience with this story arc, I really believe this is going to be an interesting ride. Grounded is a love letter to humanity and it's mission statement is to entertain us while aiding us introspectively. This tale also helps us  reconnect with our empathetic foundation for ourselves and each other. Can't wait for issue 703!!!!!      
 
Oh yeah the basketball scene reminded me of the early Jordan commercial with Spike Lee!!!! It's the shoes!!!! It's gotta be the shoes!!!!!! Lol!!!
Posted by DavidRose
@MatthewMoran said:

"We are talking some good writers here!  (I am taking pop shots at at least two very good writers with my comment . .  )     These are super heros!   You can make social commentary without being so "on-the-nose" about it, can't you?  . . .  Anyway, that is my two cents.     "

 
 Yeah man, my point exactly. I mean, I think Johns is one of the best writer's out there, so to see him fall short like that in Brightest Day -- frustrating, is the only accurate word you can use.
Posted by Mr_Wayne69

I thought we read Superman to see him be, oh I don't know... SUPER. Guess not. Thanks, JMS.

Posted by Lvenger

 

I really liked this issue and I would have given it a 4 out of 5. The reasons why are firstly JMS has a knack for revitalising franchises and that he has a personal love of Superman. Having Superman walking across America is a daring move that only JMS could pull off. Secondly, JMS is attempting to bring Superman down to a ground level because he’s been so involved with big things e.g New Krypton and other big things he’s dealt with and instead is creating a Superman that the common man can go to for help like back in the days of the Golden Age Superman. Also, JMS seems to be balancing the strengths of the story along with its weaknesses. That’s not to say it doesn’t have weaknesses e.g the immigration speech (God that was out of character for Superman) and Superman threatening to expose the alien’s cover just so they would treat a dying man. The basketball scene reminded me of Spectacular Spider-Man #262. It was corny but feel good at the same time. Also with the ending it looks like Bruce but Bruce is stuck in time. How can he be here? I’m sure it’s not an artistic error cos I’ve seen Barrows draw Dick’s Batman and it looked different to the Batman here. Sorry this is a bit long btw.