Monday, June 18, 2018

The Man of Steel #3

While Man of Steel continues the thread of Superman investigating the number of arson attempts that have sprung up over Metropolis in recent weeks, and even features a fun cameo from Batman who startles Fire Inspector Melody Moore, the crux of the issue continues to be the lead-up to Superman encounterin Rogol Zaar.

Once again, we see more flashbacks that suggest (but don't confirm) that Zaar was responsible for hastening the destruction of Krypton. Learning that a Kryptonian still lives has led the villain to Earth and to the Fortress of Solitude where we he make a lasing impression on Superman by destroying the bottled city of Kandor. A piece of Superman lore that has been reused often over the years, its destruction (and Superman's failure to protect it) sends a definitive message about what kind of villain the Man of Steel is dealing with.

We still aren't quite caught up to the tease we saw in Action Comics #1000, but by the end of the issue Supergirl and Superman finally have come face-to-face with Rogol Zaar. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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