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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Superman – Hopes and Fears | Comics

Superman's biggest fear is often pushed back by his values, making him one of the greatest superhero in the world!

After discovering himself along with his family on a new world where his counterpart died before his eyes, Superman had no chance to catch a breath as he tackled the Eradicator (Son of Superman), fought Doomsday (Path of Doom), helped Justice League preventing an invasion (The Extinction Machines).

Then he band up with The Trinity to defeat Mongul (Better Together), saved Supermen of Multiverse from a being Prophecy (Multiplicity) and discovered his place in this new world (Superman Reborn) before standing out against a newly reformed version of Superman Revenge Squad (The New World).

Even a Man of Steel needs rest after all that stress and he returns home tired and wake up next day to find out his wife Lois Lane has arranged for a special Fourth of July trip throughout the country to celebrate America's 241st birthday.

She and Clark teach their young boy Jon Kent about lessons from history and the idea of coexisting with different beliefs. They toured trough places from Niagara Falls, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., meeting people who served the country before returning back to Metropolis.

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Superman – Hopes and Fears | Comics

Back in the city, little kids are gone missing for more than two weeks and it worries Superman. He finds yellow footprints and following them, led him to the first missing child with another kid and when confronted, they blasted him with some yellow energy.

Initially, he believes Sinestro is behind all these but then he finds the locations where the kids are all kept as Parallax were feeding on their fears. After resisting for a while, Big-Blue willingly submits himself to the fear entity seeing it draining those abducted kids alive.

Sooner as the demon took possession of his body, an old foe strikes on him and is revealed to be Sinestro, who came back to re-acquire the parasitic entity. However, using the amazing might of Superman, it managed to pummel the Korugarian to ground but then is transported to the anti-matter universe of Qward, where Weaponers of Qward struck it down using their Qwa-Bolts.

Trying to exorcise Parallax out of Superman's body, Sinestro exposed him to a series of his greatest fears, all involving him failing to save the day.

Soon, it leaves him and made the Korugarian believe to have taken refuge into Lyssa Drak but it is revealed to be otherwise. Because of his last encounter with Hal Jordan (Sinestro's Law), the villain got exhausted from struggling to put the entity inside his ring and the Kryptonian made a judgment call before returning to Earth.

Then, in pursuit of the interview of a lifetime, Lois Lane travel across the globe to meet the ultimate assassin, Deathstroke the Terminator and they cross each other's path on very irregular circumstances.

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Battle For Sinestro's Might

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Superman – Hopes and Fears

Man of Steel continues his journey on DC Rebirth from "Black Dawn" storyline to a new one titled "Hopes and Fears", which collects issues #27-32 from the fourth volume of Superman monthly ongoing from DC Comics. Unlikely enemies like the Lord of Yellow Lantern Corps and the self-proclaimed Terminator have come to tangle with Big-Blue under interesting situations.

Series regular Patrick Gleason (Brightest Day, Sinestro Corps War) and Peter Tomasi (Batman – Arkham Knight, Black Adam – The Dark Age) are joined by two new writers James Bonny and Keith Champagne to contribute in the plot conceived in 2017.

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Face Off With Deathstroke

Artists Ed Benes (Justice League of America – Injustice League, Justice League of America – Tornado's Path), Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite), Philip Tan (Spawn, Uncanny X-Men) and Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke – Family Business, Deathstroke – Suicide Run) took turns on penciller duty.

The fear entity was released after "Forever Evil" and now Thaal Sinestro seeks its power once again. The tale of Parallax will continue later in "Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps – Twilight of the Guardians" storyline next and Superman will return for a trip to Apokolips with his family in "Imperius Lex" arc.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Superman – Black Dawn | Comics

A sinister entity has been keeping an eye on Superman and his family in Hamilton County. Then the Dynamic Duo came to see young Superboy.

The Kent family has been living in Hamilton County for some time as Superman slowly adjusts to this new world. With his wife Lois Lane and boy Jon Kent, Clark is living the simple life he used to lead on Smallville. Jon is getting along fine with Kathy Branden, granddaughter of their neighbor Cobb.

At night, Batman and Robin pay a secret visit to Kent Farm to talk to Clark about something important about his son as Superboy secretly watches but all are caught and brought inside the house for some apple pie by Lois.

When Clark asked, Bruce revealed that as a full healthy human-Kryptonian hybrid Jon have the capacity to surpass the great power of his father and by now, he should have had been at full power, whereas Jon can barely fly. So, he suspects something is holding the boy back and asks if they notice anything suspicions around.

When everyone went to sleep, he decides to Cobb's Dairy and sneaks into their farm to collect some fresh milk sample from the cow Bessie but suddenly, he is attacked by black liquid that captures him.

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Superman – Black Dawn | Comics

The next morning, Cobb and Kathy arrives to deliver Bessie's fresh milk for Jon and Damian Wayne is introduced to them as Garth. As he departs, Cobb pats on Krypto's head and it appears that he has some psychic influence on the dog.

Later, Batman is nowhere to be found which even surprises Damian. Robin, Superboy and Superman go on a patrol over Hamilton County to locate Bruce but are interrupted by a giant squid creature they fought before in the arctic (Son of Superman).

With much less effort, the trio handled the situation but it was Jon's brash actions that saved lives in the end. Superman heads to Deadman's Swamp after sending the boys home. Damian and Jon were bickering while they were returning and as it started to become a fight, Kathy intervenes by chocking him up in the air with her telekinesis.

She even managed to redirect Jon's heat-vision. Meanwhile, Superman discovers Batman, Frankenstein, Robin, The Bride and many others stuck in some containment underground. Back home, Lois was getting worried upon having no words from her husband or son and go out investigate.

She is confronted by fellow townspeople Candice, Doc Brooks, Mayor Goodman, Mr. Martinez and Officer Haggart at her house and makes a break for it in the Batmobile using the Hellbat Gauntlet. She was eventually stopped by Cobb Branden and Superman quickly rushed to the spot hearing her cry. Cobb is soon taken care of and Clark flies off with Lois.

She points out that lately, Hamilton County has become a target for various monstrosities and as he tries to help the people, Lois is severely injured in this chaos. Elsewhere, Jon is being forced to watch his friends and family in peril and sheds tears for them but then his mysterious captor came out of shadows and revealed himself as Manchester Black, one of Superman's old enemies.

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Manchester Black Returns!

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Superman – Black Dawn

"Black Dawn" marks the fourth Superman storyline of DC Rebirth era following "Multiplicity" and "Trials of the Super Son" from DC Comics. The story takes place on the fourth ongoing volume of Superman in 2017, collecting issues #20-26.

Plotted out by the duo of writers Patrick Gleason (Brightest Day, Sinestro Corps War) and Peter Tomasi (Batman – Arkham Knight, Black Adam – The Dark Age), artist Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite) was brought on board to do the illustrations for the arc alongside Gleason, who also wrote several issues for the plot.

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Introducing Superboy Black

Even though it was a plot set on solo Superman comic series, the primary focus revolves around Clark's son Jon Kent, the new Superboy. There is even a scene where Clark lectures Jon about the consequences of choices he made much like the way actor Kevin Costner's character Jonathan Kent does to a young Clark Kent in 2013's Man of Steel film.

In pre-Flashpoint reality, Manchester Black used to hang out with his super-team The Elite but this Prime Earth version is aided by the group of Super-Elite. The story will be going onward followed by "Hopes and Fears" storyline as the series advances.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Superman Reborn | Comics

Following the entire world witnessing "The Final Days of Superman" while a Superman from another world was also present at the scene, a mysterious Clark Kent also showed up later, who is not a Man of Steel though.

During the Doomsday incident at Metropolis, this new "Clark" met Superman and Lex Luthor as they were already handling the situation, both of them very surprised to see him. He then starts having feelings for Lois Lane and she finds every similarity among him and her husband quite uncanny and disturbing as well.

Alarmed by a sudden breach at his Fortress of Solitude, Superman rushes there only to find out that Superwoman is in critical health condition and brought in by his friend Steel. As he tends to see Lana, his nemesis Blanque taunts him by calling his civilian name.

Superman figures out a way to save the life of Superwoman by putting her into a Kryptonian battle armor from Fortress. At the same time, a team of explorers led by Hank Henshaw were trying to locate Superman's Fortress of Solitude but things go wrong for them.

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Superman Reborn | Comics

Somewhere else, a secret prison in an undisclosed location of Mister Oz, Tim Drake teases him stating that one of his prisoners has gotten away already. As he goes to investigate towards a tower, he finds numerous drawings and writings for the Man of Steel inside the walls of the tower.

Though this prison still holds monstrous entities like Doomsday and Prophecy, the escaped prisoner seems to have upset Oz quite a great deal. Which means, either this person may cause great peril for Kal-El or may reveal something important to him, that he is not supposed to know right now.

Meanwhile, realizing about his feelings towards Lois, the mysterious Clark eventually proposes her, only to be declined politely. He follows Lois back to her home after she rejected his proposal of marriage, Clark reaches at Smith Farm, Hamilton County to discover that she already have a family and it really cracked him up badly.

Lois was celebrating her marriage anniversary with her husband and son, when finally coming to the realization of his true identity after long. The other Clark shows up at their front door and leaves a photo album titled "The Kents" before disappearing to thin air just like a ghost.

They suddenly saw fire in their house and then everything around them starts getting erased, including their son Jon. Superman and Lois heads straight to Metropolis seeking for answers and Clark's doppelganger was not present there at his own apartment.

Out of the blue, he showed up there and managed to stop an enraged Superman from attacking him. According to him, he was locked up in that cell because Man of Steel never cared for him and then he even solved Clark's secret identity problem.

When Kal-El fails to deduce who this mysterious fellow really is, he starts dropping hints by frequently changing into Bizarro, Brainiac, Cyborg Superman, Doomsday, Lex Luthor, Mongul and Parasite one by one, asking to say his name. Superman eventually figured out it was his old enemy Mister Mxyzptlk and the imp erased Jon from existence for big-blue forgetting him.

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Chronicle of The Kents

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Bringing answers to many questions since the beginning of DC Rebirth, "Superman Reborn" crossover aims to clear up certain things. The team of writers Dan Jurgens (Metamorpho – Year One, Superman/Doomsday – Hunter/Prey), Patrick Gleason (Brightest Day, Sinestro Corps War) and Peter Tomasi (Batman – Arkham Knight, Forever Evil – Arkham War) have collaborated with artists Art Thibert (Outsiders, Trinity), Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite), Patrick Zircher (Green Arrow – New 52, Suicide Squad – New 52) and Stephen Segovia (Action Comics – Men of Steel, Action Comics – Welcome to the Planet) to create this crossover.

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Mystery of Mister Oz

The story collects issues #973-976 of Action Comics and issues #18-19 of Superman monthly series from DC Comics. "Superman Reborn" has ushered a new chapter from where the mysteries of DC Rebirth will slowly unfold and deadly secrets will be revealed.

Mysteries regarding Mister Oz starts to get even more complex than it already were seeing what sort of indivuals he is keeping as prisoners. The saga will be followed by "The New World" and "Black Dawn" storyline from Action Comics and Superman monthly series as the series progresses.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Superman – Trials of the Super Sons | Comics

With Superman's own kid is the new Superboy on the block, friends and enemies started to take notice.

After his recent fight with an entity known as Eradicator (Son of Superman) and then tackling the Kryptonian monstrosity Doomsday on Metropolis (Path of Doom), Superman agrees that he and his family has been through a lot upon arriving on Prime Earth.

So, he took his time off from being Man of Steel to take Lois and Jon to Hamilton County Fair, even though his wife is really skeptical about his break from heroism. Clark does his best to keep his promise of no caped-adventure to her but couldn't help without interfering on a robbery that was taking place during the fair.

Later, at his Fortress of Solitude on Arctic Circle, Clark was helping Jon with his school science project and accidentally they both gets teleported to Dinosaur Island along with Krypto! The cube Jon has been working on was the thing that brought them here and as the father-son duo try to get it, they are attacked by giant fish and pterodactyls.

Amidst the middle of prehistoric creatures and remains of World War II, Clark and Jon discovers Captain William Storm of the World War II military unit called "The Losers" alive, who helps his best to send the Kents back to their home.

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Superman – Trials of the Super Son | Comics

Maya Ducard AKA Nobody was sent by Damian Wayne to pick up Jon Kent from school as he was curious about the new Superboy, much to his father's dismay. Superman came crushing into the Batcave to rescue Jon as Batman expresses his concern over Superboy's lack of control on his near-limitless power.

Jon was able to calm them down from almost taking out each other in a heat of the situation. Damian's constant tease at Jon would make him engage in a fight with him and that led the brats to Batman's boot-camp, an attempt to make them learn to work together as a team, overseen by the Man of Steel himself.

Next up, Lois Lane goes to pay a visit to Editor Candice of the local newspaper, the Hamilton Horn but then all of a sudden, these two are being attacked in her office and chased by Frankenstein; agent of S.H.A.D.E. Since he wasn't after Lois, she uses her Hellbat Glove on him to save Candice.

Then taking Frankenstein's hover bike, they quickly ran off from the scene but he managed to latch on. Superman eventually finds out that Frankenstein is after his wife Lois Lane while he was actually after her Editor.

These two have traded a few blows with each other upon encounter until Clark's shotgun-wielding farmer neighbor Cobb Branden shot Frankenstein and stall him for a while till Superman came to punch him out. Frankenstein explains that he is after Candice, who was actually a purple skinned alien fugitive Kroog.

This alien is currently wanted by S.H.A.D.E. for acts of mass-murder on several planets. Soon, the four-armed Bride of Frankenstein barges in looking for the same person for collecting a considerable amount of bounty on its head and then their family issue came up in the middle to start a fight.

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Return to Dinosaur Island

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Superman – Trials of the Super Son

Building to the second story-arc of current series following the launch of DC Rebirth, "Trials of the Super Son" is actually a collection of mini-adventures from Superman's life on a new world. The plots were all devised by series-regular writer Peter Tomasi (Batman – Arkham Knight, Black Adam – The Dark Age).

He was assisted by talented artists Doug Mahnke (Justice League Elite, Major Bummer) Jorge Jiménez (Earth 2 – Society – Planetfall, Superman – The Final Days of Superman) and Patrick Gleason (Brightest Day, Sinestro Corps War). Published on 2017, this arc has run from issues #07-13 of the fourth monthly ongoing volume of Superman comic-book series from DC Comics.

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Monstrous Family-Issues

Major protagonist characters like Aquaman, Batman, The Flash and Wonder Woman also made brief cameo appearance at the beginning of the story when Superman showed up helping each of them in his own superb-way. Then formation of "Super Sons" was under development as the young sons of Man of Steel and The Dark Knight were trying to survive obstacle courses from their fathers.

Paranormal gotten into the mix when Frankenstein of S.H.A.D.E. came looking for an intergalactic escapee where his wife also gotten involved and the series continues with a story of the Multiverse in the next arc titled "Multiplicity".
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Superman – Son of Superman | Comics

Ready to assume the mantle of his fallen counterpart, Superman faces another radical survivor of Krypton.

Prime Earth's Man of Steel gave his life away to save the world from the threat of a mentally unstable imposter Superman. The Superman who got here during “Convergence” is now living here as Clark White, who is the husband of Lois Lane and father to his boy Jon Kent.

He was also there when the incident happened and paid his respect to the fallen hero of this world. Spending a whole life-time of playing the role of the big blue boy-scout, Clark is now trying to settle in with his family in Hamilton Country, now going by as The Smiths.

While being a farm boy from Kansas, he uses his gifts only when it is necessary, whereas his young son is still learning to get his grip on his untapped raw powers, which even cost him the life of his dear cat and his next door neighbor Kathy Branden saw that happen.

Growing up to be the son of World’s greatest and most powerful hero is a lot of pressure to carry and when you are also one of the most powerful being on the planet, it adds up. As Batman and Wonder Woman comes to see Clark, Jon is caught peeping on them and his father took him to the Arctic for training him to use his powers.

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Responding to a distress signal, the father-son duo then takes down a giant squid-like creature controlled by a crystal machine with teamwork and left afterwards. Jon shares with his father about the incident with his cat and Clark teaches him to be responsible for his own actions.

The remains of the machine detects Kryptonian/human hybrid DNA from the fight scene and forms a shape of the House of El symbol. Later at home, when Jon accidentally hurts himself by falling from a tree branch, Clark rushes with his boy to the Fortress of Solitude for immediatee treatment.

They enter only to find a being bearing resemblance to a rival Superman has fought long before; The Eradicator. Initially, Superman's response seeing his enemy was very violent even for a mild-mannered like him.

The ensuing brawl shook the very walls of the Fortress of Solitude and as Lois and Jon were about to hit by falling debris while seeking for cover, Eradicator actually saved them both. As Jon was diagnosed and treated for his injury, he explains that his mission is to find out lawbreaking Kryptonians hiding across the galaxy; a protocol set earlier by General Zod.

Then they were simply looking for survivors of Krypton after he witnessed the planet's destruction and then he found new traces of Kryptonian DNA on Earth only to discover that it belonged to Jon. Since his genome is tainted with Lois's human side, the entity suggests eradicating that half of the boy will suffice for purification.

While attempting of doing that, Krypto jumped in the middle and got swallowed by the being, enraging the Man of Steel once again for the sacrifice made by his hound of steel.

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Like Father, Like Son

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Superman – Son of Superman

Following “The Final Days of Superman” storyline from The New 52 continuity and the ground-breaking start of a new era of adventure with DC Rebirth, the world was missing a Man of Steel!

We were all in luck because comic-book writer Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin – New 52, Sinestro Corps War) and Peter J. Tomasi (Black Adam – The Dark Age, Superman/Wonder Woman) brought us back the original Big-Blue boy scout from Post-Crisis era that we all used to know and love, the one from a time before “Flashpoint” crossover event changing mainstream DC Universe entirely.

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Eradicator of Legacies

The storytellers were aided by artists Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis, Justice League Elite), Mick Gray, Jaime Mendoza, Jorge Jimenez and Patrick Gleason himself lined up themselves to portray the story to us that also introduced us to the “Son of Superman”, which also happens to be the title of the story that features Superman: Rebirth issue #1 as well as issues #1-6 from the fourth ongoing monthly volume of Superman.

Although Jon Kent has not established himself as a super-hero just yet and still operates under his father's supervision, this arc explores his capacity to outshine his father.
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