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Book Title: Superman: Godfall|
The author of the book: Michael Lane Turner
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Reader ratings: 5.1
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: June 8th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781401202361
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Superman’s been brainwashed, shrunk and placed into the bottled city of Kandor where he awakens with an alien wife and son. In his new reality, he’s Kal, a father and bureaucrat within Kryptonian government. That is until the day some Akira-type biker gangs try killing him and he discovers he has unknown strength – superpowers!
Godfall is a very dull middle piece of a larger Superman story. How Superman got brainwashed/shrunk happened to take place in a previous book (not sure which one but I haven’t read it, though several pages of text are provided to catch you up if you’re interested – I wasn’t) and what follows after concludes in the pages of Chuck Austen’s Action Comics run. We’re introduced to the dreadful Kryptonian cop Preus whose character Austen managed to completely mangle by making him totally psychotic in the even worse Superman book In The Name of Gog, before some guy (probably a pseudonym) called JD Finn put him to rest.
I suppose if you wondered what Kryptonian city life was like, this might be vaguely interesting though it’s more a visual feel than anything insightful. The Kryptonian armour the guards wear might’ve served as inspiration for the kind worn in the Man of Steel movie as they look similar but that’s not a great reason to read this.
So we watch as Kal slowly realises he’s Superman and that he’s in Kandor, in a bottle, on Brainiac’s ship. It’s a slow, uninteresting process before he escapes and grows big again (how did he do that again?) and then fights an alien witch called Lyla who stole his powers and also refuses to wear pants - another great character design, DC!
I didn’t understand Lyla’s character at all. One minute she’s pretending to be Superman’s wife, the next she’s stealing his powers, then she’s trying to replace Superman? Where did she come from? Was she in Kandor the whole time? Did she know Kal was Superman all along or only when he was exposed to the sun’s rays? Why would she want to rule Metropolis? She and Brainiac were fighting so they weren’t in cahoots – so what was the plan for Superman? Hope he would remain clueless as to who he was? What a baffling, poorly written character AND plot!
Some of the art is good, especially Michael Turner’s covers but Godfall’s story barely held my interest. Turner/Joe Kelly’s script is sloppy in places, boring in others, and his Superman is uninspired. Altogether it’s a very unmemorable read with quite a few moments where I was confused as to how we’d gotten from one scene to the next. Definitely not a must read, Godfall does however have the virtue of being a short book, even for a superhero trade, so the badness doesn’t stay for long!
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Read information about the authorComic Book Artist. He studied pre-medicine at the University of Tennessee, and then moved to Aspen, Colorado, and later San Diego, where he taught martial arts, became an award winning water skier, and began drawing comic books. In 1994, he was hired by Top Cow Productions in Century City, California, where he was the co-creator of "Witchblade", a comic about a voluptuous female detective who fights evil with the aid of a mystical weapon that attaches itself to her arm and gives her superpowers. Turner later founded Aspen MLT, a Santa Monica publishing company that created online comic adaptations for the NBC television series "Heroes" and titles including "Fathom", a deep-sea story about a female superhero. He was also a regular cover artist for "Superman/Batman" and "The Flash". Turner's work was in demand for special editions and similar projects, and he drew covers for DC Comics' "Justice League" and Marvel's "Civil War". The milestone 500th issue of "Uncanny X-Men", released in July, 2008, featured one of Turner's special edition covers. He died of complications from chondrosarcoma, a form of bone cancer he had begun treatment for in 2000.
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