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While everyone wants something from Metropolis’ first Super Hero, Superman must fight his first Super-Villain – someone who wants everything – the Parasite! Meanwhile, Lex Luthor turns his attention toward The Man of Steel…

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continue their bold reinterpretation of the origin of The Man of Steel for the 21st Century!

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank and Jon Sibal
Covers by Gary Frank

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 10.5%


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Avg Rating: 4.7
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  1. Looking forward to this!  I love the blending of past origins and touches of new.  This will make a great trade in the end, but I’m to impatient to wait.

  2. I’ve never been a big fan of Parasite.  However, I fully expect Mr. Johns to make interesting use of him.

  3. I almost just waited for this to come out in TPB but the covers are so cool they sold me.


    Every issue so far I’ve read first out of my stack no matter what was in it, Batman and Robin has me excited to so I dont know, I wonder what I’ll read first.

  4. Superman looks like his pinching of a loaf on the cover

    but it’s ok, a  superman loaf smells like fresh bread

  5. I’m waiting for the trade but it’s painful.

  6. in a week of highly anticipated books, this one tops my list.

  7. I’m really glad they either didn’t want to or couldn’t use the likeness of Brando for Jor-El. 😉 Still, this has been nothing short of awesome. I don’t think it’s ever been my POTW, though.

  8. I like the beard! It was something that didn’t sit right about the Bryne relaunch as that everyone was covered and sterile. I got the feeling that Clark was better off here on Earth. Although I guess that’s the point really (I’m a little dense). This looks futuristic and welcoming at the same time.

  9. This is a great week for DC and artists.

    It’s gonna be so tough to see how this issue can top itself from last month.

  10. @TNC – I agree. DC’s stuff should be off the charts this week.

    @PraxJarvin – I agree RE: Jor-El. 

  11. I’m really enjoying this mini, but I feel like it’s taking too long to come out.  I know it’ll be worth it, but I want this to wrap up, but not more that Flash: Rebirth.

  12. @dneufeld: It’s only missed one month. Other than that, it’s been on-time.

  13. I had the same feeling as a few others, I got the first issue, was going to wait for the trade, but I kept going back to that first issue and really enjoying it, so I thought I’d dive in and pick up the other issues.

    I’m really glad I did, issue 3 was the best so far, I’m not a big Superman fan so have no idea who Parasite is, but that’s why I’m reading Secret Origin afterall.

  14. Just another fun and solid entry for this mini. Nothing really much to say about it except for the usual. Geoff Johns is awesome for origins and Frank is a god among artists.

    Oh and Parasite is creepy as fuck.

  15. I completely second what TNC said (for the first time in my life).

  16. This was probably the best issue I’ve read so far this year. The characterization of Jimmy was probably the best I’ve ever read, and for what it’s worth, this made me crave a geoff johns superman movie (maybe directed by Donnor) more than I care to state. Also, Joseph gordan-levitt would make a perfect jimmy olsen

  17. Great issue. Not a fan of the Parasite redesign – not bad but I don’t like the sucker. This was just really great looking, well designed and well written. It moved but told a lot of story. 5/5

  18. This was like the design Frank Quitely had in All Star for Parasite right? I mean that was the vibe I was getting when he was introduced.

  19. Yeah, it did look a lot like the quitely design….

  20. Great issue.  They had me worried at one point though.  When Luthor said "You there. Come down here. Explain to everyone here" blah blah blah, before I got to the next panel, I don’t know why, but I had a quick fear that they were going to take the J Jonah Jameson route with Superman. Then I remembered it was Johns and all was well.

    And hasn’t the Parasite-sucker face been around for a long time?  Unless we’re talking about how it actually seemed to protrude out, and not just the fact that his teeth were in a circle. 

  21. This has made me a huge Frank fan. And a bit of a supes fan too.Don’t remember every reading Parasite before, but that’s why I’m reading this series.

    @edward, that’s funny stuff. 

  22. heh. poo!

  23. Great issue, great series. Nothing else to say, this book speaks for itself.

  24. ^True. Solid stuff, as usual. Loved the Parasite origin.

  25. i’m laughing at some of the reviews of this because this is the first time i’ve seen Champ show any sign of conservativism, giving the writing a 4 rather than a 5. he knows and i know this is easily a 5er all around. now i’m not looking for an argument, i’m just amused that this issue was so good we insist it can’t be.

    phenomenal is a word i’ve used too much lately. now hear it comes again. PHENOMENAL(!). this reads so well. Gary Frank’s panels are spaced, defined, and ruled by clarity. you never have to guess what’s going on here. maybe tht’s because it’s a simple story. so be it.

    i continue to stand by my comment fom the previous issue: Lois Lane has "THE" best legs in comicdom. in fact, i’m almost amused at how much this issue emphasized that. there were actually panels which featured nothing BUT her legs. it’s almost as if Gary Frank read my comment and ran with it. funny 

  26. Woot! Second mention of Yonkers in comics in the past three weeks! … Even though I hate this town. Pick of the Week for me; the timid Superman pose moment was priceless.

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