Good reviews for “Man of Steel”

Man of Steel’s Jason Zingale likes this Superman reboot:

The best thing about “Man of Steel,” however, is the action. The fight scenes are lightning fast and brutal, really playing up the superhuman angle of the Kryptonians in a way that’s never been done before. Though there are only a handful of action sequences in the movie, all but one of them is outstanding, especially the fight between Superman and two of Zod’s soldiers in the streets of Smallville, which, despite some disgustingly blatant product placement, delivers everything that you’d expect from a modern day Superman film. The big finale is a little too generic and blockbustery for its own good, but by that point, “Man of Steel” had already won me over. It’s not quite as groundbreaking as what Nolan achieved with “Batman Begins,” but considering Warner’s recent track record with DC Comics characters, it’s a massive and incredibly enjoyable step in the right direction.

Not all critics love it but you can review all of them on Rotten Tomatoes.


Superman’s roots in Cleveland is running a series of features to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of Superman. Here’s a video about Superman’s Cleveland roots, and the prelude to a series of legal battles between the Cleveland creators and DC Comics.


REVIEW: “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali”

There’s a certain temptation to open this review with the classic trifecta of assurances which have emblazoned countless comic book covers over the years – you know the ones I’m talking about: “Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story!” – but, really, anyone who grew up in the 1970s and had even a passing interest in comics will doubtlessly remember this all-time classic, originally released as a DC Treasury Edition in 1978, and as far as we were concerned at the time, this story was about as real as it got.

Try to think of a single present-day sports figure who has the positive reputation and cross-demographic public recognition level to warrant being teamed up with one of the most famous and popular superheroes of all time, let alone one whose abilities allow him to come to the table with a possible storyline already in place. I’m willing to listen, but I suspect you’ll probably come up blank. Then again, there’s a reason why few argued with Muhammad Ali when he called himself “The Greatest.”

DC Comics has reissued “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” both in standard trade paperback size and in a hardcover facsimile edition which is the same size as the version released in ’78, but if you have fond memories of reading the story back then, there’s no question that you’ll want to see this thing reproduced just as it was when you first thrilled to the story. If this is the first you’ve heard of this strange tale, however, here’s the back story: creators Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams took the idea of Ali being the greatest boxer on the planet and asked, “Yes, but is he the greatest boxer off the planet?” Just as Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen are preparing to interview the Champ, Rat’Lar, the leader of an alien race known as the Scrubb, arrives and demands that Earth’s greatest champion battle the Scrubb’s greatest champion…and if the Scrubb win, then Earth will be destroyed. Superman volunteers as Earth’s champion, but Ali, unsurprisingly, argues that he’s the greatest, rightly rationalizing that Superman isn’t originally from this neck of the woods. In turn, Rat’Lar demands that the two of them battle it out, with the victor of that fight taking on the Scrubb.

That Earth wins in the end is a given – I mean, we’re still here, right? – but the most entertaining part of the story comes first from watching Ali train Superman in the sweet science, then from watching Superman get his Kryptonian ass handed to him in the ring. It’s also a blast to examine the cover of the book and see which celebrities you can pick out in the audience, though there’s an index inside which identifies everyone of note, thankfully. (I still think it’s awesome that one of the biggest faces in the crowd is that of Kurt Vonnegut.) No, “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” isn’t a classic comic in the traditional sense, but it’s a groovy ’70s artifact that still makes for an extremely fun read.

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