GRAPHIC NOVELS

Superman. Vol. 1: The Unity Saga; Phantom Earth

DC. Mar. 2019. 168p. ISBN 9781401288198. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781401298579. Rated: Teen+. superhero
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After a long, industry-redefining tenure at Marvel Comics, writer Bendis (The Man of Steel) turns his attention to DC’s Superman. Struggling to balance his responsibility to the people of Earth with his worry for the safety of his wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan, as the two embark upon a journey across the universe, Superman is taken by surprise when Earth is suddenly transported into the mysterious and incredibly dangerous Phantom Zone. With the rest of the Justice League indisposed, Superman must fight alone to defend the planet against an army of supervillains and return it to its proper place in the solar system. Bendis combines his skill for characterization with a truly momentous tale, perfectly suited to illustrator Reis (Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern: Book One). Collecting single issues 1–6 of an ongoing series.
VERDICT Bendis’s much-touted takeover of the Superman franchise is the rare superhero comic book event that actually lives up to the hype, and this volume serves as a great jumping-on point

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