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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Comic Book Review: Lex Luthor - Man of Steel

 Lex Luthor: Man Of Steel
Artist: Lee Bermejo
Issues: 5
Published by DC Comics

Just like Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke, the story of Lex Luthor: Man of Steel is narrated by non-other than Lex Luthor himself, who we know as Superman's greatest adversary. We know him as the evil billionaire and intelligent business man who stops at nothing to get rid of the Last Son of Krypton.

But the striking difference of this comic book title is that Luthor isn't depicted here as a ruthless individual, but rather a charitable one - which is very different from what we have read through the years. Nonetheless, he still dreams of a "World Without a Superman" and wonders why people have embraced an alien who shoots fire from his eyes just because he looks human. He despises everything that Superman is and believes that one day he will stop at helping people to finally conquer the world. So he takes matters in to his own hands and creates a plan to stop and discredit Superman to the entire world. 

We get to see Batman here as well and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne, who does some sort of business together with Lex Luthor to defeat Superman. What now? Luthor + Batman > Superman? I honestly never saw that coming, but they did team up here for a while which was surprising. Oh, and Lex gets to make love... with a robot. Seriously. You always have to admire it when writers try to mix up new concoctions in a comic book and the team of Azzarello and Bermejo did a heck of a job in that department.

The narratives and dialogues are fantastic and partnered with an dirty and sketchy art, I would have to say that this is a great read and would make you see Lex Luthor and Superman in a different light. Had real fun reading it.

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