Superman: The Coming of Atlas

June 8, 2009 | Trades

Superman: The Coming of Atlas
James Robinson, Renato Guedes, Wilson Magalhaes
DC Comics
$22.99/$19.99 US (Hardcover)
*** (out of five)

Somebody out there wants Superman out of the picture and they’ve found the perfect man for the job.

Behold: Atlas, mighty warrior, scooped from the past (or possibly an alternate dimension — or both — things are a little murky on all this). This hulking man drops into Metropolis like a bomb, bellowing for the Man of Steel to show himself and fight.

The three-issue scrap that ensues — also featuring Supergirl and the loveable super-pooch, Krypto — is one of the more epic ones on Superman’s list (and that’s a long list!), but it unfortunately concludes with the pop, not a bang, and leaves us with the fate of the villain — who writer James Robinson tells us in his introduction that he plans to make a regular Superman foil — unknown.

What we do know is that Atlas wasn’t working alone and someone dressed in U.S. military colours is determined to shut down the Man of Steel — maybe for good.

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