Title: Man of Steel (2018-) #4
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Kevin Maguire
Cover: Joe Prado
Publication Date: June 20, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Rogol Zaar has committed a string of atrocities across the cosmos that have led him to the Fortress of Solitude-and now Superman and Supergirl plan to crush his schemes! But are even two Kryptonians enough to stop his sinister machinations?”
Life as a superhero is never easy, a fact Superman knows too well. While the average day for Superman includes a bit of crime fighting, his latest foe is no lightweight. Now Superman, aided by Supergirl, must try to stop Rogol Zaar before anyone else dies. But this is no average villain, equipped with alien technology and a mission to eradicate Kryptonians, Rogol Zaar is determined to complete his mission. Can Superman best Rogol Zaar and save his family?
Superheroes are accustomed to life and death scenarios, it’s part of the general job description, but Brian Michael Bendis takes this to the next level in Man of Steel #4. Superman must protect against a deadly threat to all Kryptonians, including himself, Supergirl, and his son. Bendis’s choice of villains What really rounds out the issue is Rogol Zaar’s complete unredeemable nature. He’s brutally focused on his quest to destroy all Kryptonians, a characteristic that makes him impossible to like, or even relate to. Bendis weaves in a bit of humor to the issue as well, striking a subtle balance between the intensity and humor.
Kevin Maguire’s art works well with the issue, keeping with Bendis’ tone. The art is classic Superman, bright colors, detailed images, and clean lines. Maguire’s Rogol Zaar is depicted as dark, mildly grotesque, and inhuman, a stark opposite to Superman’s red cape and shorts.
At issue four, Bendis continues to heap on the suspense. Bendis proves himself a master storyteller in the way the issue slowly unfolds, with scenes of intense action and expositional flashbacks.
The Bottom Line:
Man of Steel (2018-) #4 brings the action and suspense! Brian Michael Bendis’ story will not disappoint, as it leaves the reader with an agonizing cliffhanger, sure to bring them back for the fifth issue.