Superman, Volume 2
The epic secrets of Superman continue to unfold! A few months in space with his paternal grandfather Jor-El changed Jon Kent forever. With Jon now seeking help from his father, the Man of Steel must learn about the war his son and father fought together and set right the wrongs his father may have unleashed on other worlds. See what changed Superboy in such radical ways as the Unity Saga continues!Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis continue to astonish in what many are calling the best Superman story ever! Questions will be answered and destinies will be forged, all in Superman Vol. 2: The Unity Saga: The House of El!Collects Superman issues #7-14.

Superman, Volume 2 Details

TitleSuperman, Volume 2
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 26th, 2019
PublisherDC Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Superman, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics

Superman, Volume 2 Review

  • Sean Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    It’s not exactly Mark Waid on Birthright, but Bendis is spinning himself a pretty fine Superman yarn here. Well, check that—it’s really more of a House of El family yarn, with Superman almost an ancillary character relative to his son Jon (aka Superboy) and dear old dad, Jor-El. It’s a little bit cheap, but Bendis leverages decades of Superman history to bestow upon Kal a galactic reputation such that, when he simply shows up in the midst of a raging three-party battle in the middle of outer It’s not exactly Mark Waid on Birthright, but Bendis is spinning himself a pretty fine Superman yarn here. Well, check that—it’s really more of a House of El family yarn, with Superman almost an ancillary character relative to his son Jon (aka Superboy) and dear old dad, Jor-El. It’s a little bit cheap, but Bendis leverages decades of Superman history to bestow upon Kal a galactic reputation such that, when he simply shows up in the midst of a raging three-party battle in the middle of outer space (can you be in the middle of outer space?), everyone stops and looks chastened, like grandma just walked in on them masturbating.Reis (primarily) and Peterson draw a certain type of superhero book—big, heroic, money-shot-y—with supreme skill, and it’s the perfect complement to Bendis’s spacefaring epic. I’m already signed up for Vol. 3. Hopefully with fewer sticky-handed, guilt-shamed aliens.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    I have a lot of mixed feelings about this arc. I hated that Bendis aged Jon to 17 just so he could take over the Superboy role in the Legion of Super-Heroes. I really loved the relationship Peter Tomasi established with Supes and Jon. Watching Superman be the greatest Pa on the planet was a joy that left me with a warm feeling each issue. I hate to see that end. I don't know why writers are always in such a hurry to age up kids in comics. Once they get older, it tends to be the same stories over I have a lot of mixed feelings about this arc. I hated that Bendis aged Jon to 17 just so he could take over the Superboy role in the Legion of Super-Heroes. I really loved the relationship Peter Tomasi established with Supes and Jon. Watching Superman be the greatest Pa on the planet was a joy that left me with a warm feeling each issue. I hate to see that end. I don't know why writers are always in such a hurry to age up kids in comics. Once they get older, it tends to be the same stories over and over until they feel the need to introduce a new kid to replace the current Superboy, Robin, Kid Flash, etc.I loved the reintroduction of the LSH. It's good to see the team back. I felt like Bendis left a lot on the table with Rogol Zaar and Jor-El. We still haven't seen their role in the destruction of Krypton even though it looks like their story may be over for now. The stuff he's establishing with the House of El and Superman's role in the galaxy is really great.Ivan Reis is the man. I love the classic, epic feel he brings to his art.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Truthfully, I think this arc lost a bit of steam midway through, and ultimately felt a tad too long. But it's still really solid and fun Superman book that just tells the story it wants to tell, it's pure classic superhero comics escapism and there's nothing wrong with that. Bendis still has a phenomenal handle on Superman and Super-family characterisation, and to those who are tired of Rogol Zaar (which, I admit, I too started to get towards the end of this arc) — the book seems to be done with Truthfully, I think this arc lost a bit of steam midway through, and ultimately felt a tad too long. But it's still really solid and fun Superman book that just tells the story it wants to tell, it's pure classic superhero comics escapism and there's nothing wrong with that. Bendis still has a phenomenal handle on Superman and Super-family characterisation, and to those who are tired of Rogol Zaar (which, I admit, I too started to get towards the end of this arc) — the book seems to be done with him, at least for now. I really look forward to what will come in the next book, everything that's been teased so far of Bendis's Legion of Super-Heroes looks rad as hell. As a massive Superman fan I'm still very into what Bendis is doing with him, and I couldn't be more happy that he ripped the character away from the hacky hands of Tomasi and Jurgens.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    I did start to lose interest in this midway. It felt a little repetitive and retreading the same ground. But it’s an okay readable arc. I am curious to check out his Legion stuff, though I might trade wait...*just read issue 15, which is the actual end of this arc, and it does end nicely. I think Bendis just needs to work on his “getting there”
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Growing up I was never a huge Superman fan. I guess when young, or teenager, you're always going to be more into the ultra violent "badass" superheroes. So Supes was scratched off my list really early on in my comic reading days. As I got older I started to be more attached to a guy just trying to do the right thing. Then when he had a kid, and I am now a father, I relate even more. So Peter had been killing it on the main Superman line in rebirth. Sure, some arcs towards the end got wacky but Growing up I was never a huge Superman fan. I guess when young, or teenager, you're always going to be more into the ultra violent "badass" superheroes. So Supes was scratched off my list really early on in my comic reading days. As I got older I started to be more attached to a guy just trying to do the right thing. Then when he had a kid, and I am now a father, I relate even more. So Peter had been killing it on the main Superman line in rebirth. Sure, some arcs towards the end got wacky but the family moments really hit. I loved everything with Jon and Clark and Lois. It all worked really well. Then came Brian Michael Bendis, and one of the first things he does is age Jon 7 years, making him a 17-18 year old teenager. Twitter exploded, and I'll admit even I was taken aback. People loved this new kid Superboy, especially Super sons with Damien and Jon together. So why go and ruin that? Well this is the volume that actually proved to me age really doesn't matter. The reason I loved Jon, besides his innocence, was his eagerness to prove to his dad he's a hero but also a good boy(man) and always be respectful. This Jon here hasn't changed a bit. Still filled with eagerness to prove his worth while protecting those who need it. We still have Superboy in his prime (no pun intended) just a tad bit older. This volume focuses on the return of Superman's son but we get to learn why he aged. The story is actually sad and it made me worry for a huge twist but luckily it didn't go a bad way. With that we get pretty much the entire house of el, and more, teaming up to finally take out the crazy son of a bitch who keeps trying to kill him. On top of that Superman has to figure a way to bring all the space communities together. Overall, this was great! I truly loved everything with Jon. I also enjoyed the dialogue a lot with Jon, his father, and mother. It rang true, it gave us emotion, and the feelings hit you all at once. The art is pure bliss, as each fight scene is bigger and better than the last. Bendis builds a universe around these characters and it all works so well. My one negative was probably the way they stop the villain. It all happened a bit too fast. Overall, I truly enjoyed this chapter. This might be my favorite Superman story since the first arc or two in Superman rebirth. A wonderful comic for Superman fans! A 4.5 out of 5.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a little confused about what Bendis is trying to do here, but I'm enjoying the ride.
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Lost interest halfway
  • Iris Nevers
    January 1, 1970
    [Read in single issues]Bendis's Superman is a little weird, to tell you the truth. He's spastic and doesnt seem to act like, well, Superman.Also what's up with Lois? I cant begin to describe all the problems with Lois.
  • Christian Zamora-Dahmen
    January 1, 1970
    Bendis has a plan for his run in the Superman books. It's a good plan, but it's just one single plan. This translates into a story that drags for too long, and when it's about to reach a resolution, it takes a little detour so it can keep going and going and going.I'm all about exploring a plot, but at some point it goes a bit stale when it doesn't move forward.At the end of this volume we get an idea of a resolution for the Zaar plot line, but either the closing was a bit underwhelming, or it's Bendis has a plan for his run in the Superman books. It's a good plan, but it's just one single plan. This translates into a story that drags for too long, and when it's about to reach a resolution, it takes a little detour so it can keep going and going and going.I'm all about exploring a plot, but at some point it goes a bit stale when it doesn't move forward.At the end of this volume we get an idea of a resolution for the Zaar plot line, but either the closing was a bit underwhelming, or it's not over yet.On a final note, the arrival of the Legion is definitely a highlight. But let's be honest, it is yet another detour to avoid coming to a real ending.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    [Read in single issues]The interstellar arc really takes off for the stars, with the gorgeous art, epic space battles, and staggering double page spreads these you'll have come to expect from this run.Lost in that trajectory, though, was some of the grounding and buildup of stakes that made the first book impactful. This book gives a lot of answers and a lot of payoff; the family dynamics, in particular, are great. And the first few issues tell some great stories and make some big changes to the [Read in single issues]The interstellar arc really takes off for the stars, with the gorgeous art, epic space battles, and staggering double page spreads these you'll have come to expect from this run.Lost in that trajectory, though, was some of the grounding and buildup of stakes that made the first book impactful. This book gives a lot of answers and a lot of payoff; the family dynamics, in particular, are great. And the first few issues tell some great stories and make some big changes to the status quo that I think are well earned. But when we get back to the central conflict in the last few issues, it quickly spirals upward into this grand conspiracy that was only lightly hinted at, and tries to spin that into this dire galactic situation that feels poorly defined, vague, and largely ethereal. We're asked to go from caring about these inter-family problems, Rogal Zarr, the Zods, and suddenly feel invested in a multi-empire clusterfuck amongst characters we don't know or care about and for reasons we don't fully comprehend. It just felt rushed. But it was exciting, and I'm looking forward to the next arc.
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  • Tundextra
    January 1, 1970
    Another surprisingly weak Bendis installment of Superman! Jon recounts his story of his lost years (which could have been a Hell of a lot better and/or intriguing), before the reunions are complete the House of EL has some tidying up to (hectic plotting and art), until the final pay-off is towards the end when a conspiracy is revealed that has been built up over Bendis' previous issues.. so hopefully this is going somewhere special. 6 out of 12... It all needs a bit more of a serious approach to Another surprisingly weak Bendis installment of Superman! Jon recounts his story of his lost years (which could have been a Hell of a lot better and/or intriguing), before the reunions are complete the House of EL has some tidying up to (hectic plotting and art), until the final pay-off is towards the end when a conspiracy is revealed that has been built up over Bendis' previous issues.. so hopefully this is going somewhere special. 6 out of 12... It all needs a bit more of a serious approach to building a Bendis DC legacy
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  • Ramon
    January 1, 1970
    Explaining what happened to Jon when he went off, and wrapping up with a nice slamfest with all Krypton survivors. Continuing to enjoy Bendis' run. Though, again, the conspiracy of Krypton's destruction shows a "Univeral Council" who all talk like... Bendis characters. Change it up every now and again, man. That's what can happen if you're writing eleventy books a month.
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  • Hew J France
    January 1, 1970
    This volume started off GREAT; mystery, action, comedy... but the last two issues (or chapters) left something to be desired. There was much left unexplained, and the introduction of the 'United Planets' (based on Earth's United Nations) is laughable, given how productive the U.N. is. Still, I'd recommend it.
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  • Robby
    January 1, 1970
    Reis' artwork is beautiful in this. While many of the big plot points seem to be there just to push toward a new status quo, they are generally well executed, particularly the Jonathan Kent storyline. Also, apparently some of the details of this got explained in Supergirl, so may have to check that book out as well.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Best Superman story of the decade. Bendis you magnificent bastard.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Packs a lot in each punch.
  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty intriguing Kryptonian lore going on here, and a surprise entrance from the Legion of Super Heroes (zapped in from the far future).
  • Mr Osowski
    January 1, 1970
    How does one not like The Legion of Superheroes?
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