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The Man of Steel #6
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June 15th, 2013 by Rusty

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The Man of Steel #6 cover

The Man of Steel #6

Date: 1986
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and Wonder Woman preview
Writer & Penciller: John Byrne
Other Artists: Dick Giordano, John Costanza, Tom Ziuko
Notable Notes: Clark returns to Smallville.

The End of The Mini-Series

This issue brings to a close the 6 issue mini-series from DC. Overall it has been quite enjoyable, but I wish there would have been more seamless transitioning between the issues. To me it felt like each of them were one shots. Still, a very cool series and one I would recommend to any comics fan!

Synopsis:

In The Man of Steel #5 we were introduced to Bizarro. This issue sees Superman returning to his roots as he visits Smallville. After some good home cooking from Ma Kent Superman gets a surprise one night when raiding the refrigerator: a vision of his father appears and fills his head full of knowledge about Krypton! Suddenly things start to make sense to Clark – except for his old girlfriend Lana Lang! She also visits Clark and tells him about the troubles she had after he revealed his power to her 10 years ago. Well, this distresses him even more so he goes to find his old spaceship, but is met by another vision from his Kryptonian father instead. Anyway, things turn out alright and through many, many word balloons we learn that Superman considers himself to be both Kryptonian as well as human. Oh, and the last page is a full page ad about all the new Superman comics that begin next month. Clever huh? 🙂

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – a moving personal story for both Clark and Superman. I liked the revelation of Lana, and the ghost of his father.
  • Art: 5 stars – I thought the art in this one was the strongest yet! Very well done – with the full page panels looking extremely good!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – average, nothing too exciting. A cool story, but also a little sad and depressing in ways.

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