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Superman versus Metallo – for the first time! Witness the origin of one of Superman’s most-feared foes, as an attack by Lex Luthor goes awry and gives birth to the evil of Metallo. Can an inexperienced Man of Steel handle a foe with a heart of Kryptonite? Meanwhile, Lois Lane and Perry White are close to revealing Luthor as the monster that he is – but are they willing to pay for that truth with their lives?

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

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 2.3%


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  1. Man. I can’t wait for this trade.

  2. This series has been good for at least 2 "butterflies" moments every issue.  A tremendous achievement

  3. So excited for this.

  4. I totally agree with all of the above comments.  This trade is getting gifted to somebody by me this Christmas.

  5. 5 issues in and the series has been a bit … meh.

    last issue had same terrible scenes. The parasite eats nuclear donuts? Lines like "you’ve bitten off more than you can chew" 


    Seems a bit thin of the whole character side of things too. One issue clark’s a terrified teenager the next his a well adjusted adult. One issue lex hung around in the school library the next his owns all of Metropolis.


    I don’t know. The whole series seems a little simple and under developed. Just my opinion though 

  6. I’d be happy if all other Superman titles were canceled and this was made the ongoing

  7. @MisterJ – How about…me?

  8. I love that design for Metallo. Does anyone else hear Malcolm McDowell in their head with the character or is it just me?

    This should be fun to read and gorgeous to look at as always.

  9. I hate that I used to be one of those people who hate Superman. I want to punch people like that in the face now.

  10. @OttoBott-Let’s be realistic, DC won’t get it out in trade by this Christmas, or maybe even next…

  11. @tnc I hear Mcdowell hell yes! One of the first Superman Adventures episodes I ever saw was the one where Metallo was on that tropical island an forgot who he was.

  12. @mikeandzod21 I love that episode and the one that involves Steel.

  13. Why is Gary Frank not mentioned with the greats working today when artists are named? He should be.

  14. @amircat – for me, he’s the best in the biz.  he brought his game to a whole new level in this series

  15. @tnc I love the episode where they reveal Darksied for the first time. Now, thirteen years later, Michael Ironsides voice still give me chills. This book is like the perfect mix of the original movie and that great cartoon.

  16. I’m loving this retelling.   It’s been awhile since the last issue but if Frank’s quality of art is the same I’d wait forever.

  17. Nice to see that a story is somewhat being introduced for the finale.

    Still not much of a ‘wow’ factor here. Not saying it was a bad issue on either writing or art. Just nothing stood out for me at the end of the day.

    Solid 4/5 book if I ever saw one. 

  18. Can’t really say much. Enjoyable, not great. Cool stuff, some oddities. 4/5 for me.

  19. Good issue, I’m curious to see how this series is going to wrap up next issue.

  20. Just GOOD period, read it.

  21. What @PraxJarvin said.

  22. Meh. 3/5. Liked it. Art is good, as always. 

  23. Arrrggghhh Arrrggghhh (@Arrrggghhh) says:

    I can’t help but think of the Donner films whenever I read this book. Not only are the art and story great — but the composition and timing of these books just read so well.
    The Krypton story had gone on too long in the other Superman titles . . . but I do wish this series wasn’t going to end.

  24. yeah, sorry, but this wasn’t that good.

    Playing up the camp qualities of superman just seems really easy. No real great character or emotional depth. the slap sticky daily planet office stuff makes me cringe, it’s not sweet, it’s not smart, it’s lame, it’s been done before.

    and as always with superman comics Luther’s motivation is totally non-existant. He’s pissed off at the world because he grew up in smallville. isn’t that the same olde time small town that came Clark he’s wonderful out look?

    Also, the book reads really qucikly. Like it was meant for really young kids. Maybe it is, but i don’t care because i enjoy reading adult material.

  25. But the art is fantastic

  26. @edward I’m pretty sure Luther’s motivation was that he did not approve of the church’s practices…. 

  27. @Edward
    This series seems to be separate from the other titles . . . where Johns is having fun with the characters in the past.
    I saw the Clark Kent stuff more of a homage to original Donner/Reeve films and also to the Curt Swan Superman era where Clark was the goofy character. Maybe because I grew up on that stuff – I’m finding this series to be very enjoyable.

  28. different strokes. not just a great tv show

  29.  Different Strokes was the softcore porn that Dana Plato did before she died. Spoiler.

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