Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis.
Penciler (s): Ivan Reis, Kevin Maguire & John Timms.
Inker(s): Danny Miki, Kevin Maguire, John Timms, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert & Julio ferreira.
Colourist(s): Alex Sinclair.
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: May 25th 2021.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating:
Previously in Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman/Action Comics universe:
The Man of Steel.
Superman (Vol. 1): The Unity Saga – Phantom Earth.
Superman: Action Comics (Vol. 1): Invisible Mafia.
Superman (Vol. 2): The Unity Saga: The House of El.
Superman: Action Comics (Vol. 2): Leviathan Rising.
Superman: Action Comics (Vol. 3): Leviathan Hunt.
Superman: Action Comics (Vol. 4): Metropolis Burning.
Superman (Vol. 3): The Truth Revealed.
With Superman sharing his secret identity as Clark Kent to the world, one could only imagine what was to happen next. With such a life-changing decision, it was only a matter of time before the consequences of his actions come sweeping in, putting all that has been done and is to come in perspective, leaving only one person to even know how to deal with it all: Superman. Unfortunately, many ideas were put into play and it was time for writer Brian Michael Bendis to bring it all to an end, but will it all take place as he envisioned it all? Collecting Superman issues #20-28, this volume closes up writer Brian Michael Bendis’ time on this canonical comic book series only to hand it over to writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson.
What is Superman: Mythological about? Now that Superman has unveiled his identity to the world and assumed the role as the leader of Earth amidst the congregation developed for the United Planets, the world is now shaken up by the repercussions of this truth. Unfortunately, the Man of Steel neglectfully leaves all the human trouble in the hands of his beloved wife while he swooshes away to protect this new united vision as an old enemy looks to ruin the trust and peace established by the United Planets. If he is to fail, the fall of the United Planets would be imminent. As if that wasn’t enough, new deadly warriors from the realm of magic and mayhem, known as Xanadoth and Synmar, come looking for more trouble as the world has yet to find any calm or stability with recent drama and chaos.
“I don’t see “pure evil” anymore. Even when I stare it in the face. Not like I used to. I see pain. I see fear. Ignorance. Confusion.”
— Brian Michael Bendis
As writer Brian Michael Bendis looks to put in his final word count for his Superman comic book run, he ends up, in this race to the finish line, delivering an amalgamation of his ideas that accumulates into a poor farewell to his time as the lead creator. With very little cohesion or any hint of an attempt to showcase a guideline that might justify the multiple ideas he ridiculously jumbles together, this volume ultimately touches upon too much in too little time. Not only does the story fall upon its knees under the pressure to cover all the gaping holes left behind by Superman’s untimely decision to reveal his secret identity to the world, but it also crudely introduces new characters that send Superman outside of Metropolis, far from home, and into uncharted galactic territory only for every little detail to be forgotten as quickly as they were shown.
Luckily, the artwork alleviates the numerous flaws displayed by the messy narrative, giving this volume a chance to somehow stand on two feet. With the occasional bombastic and electrifying action sequences, the story finds ways to give these moments the chance to display the brute force hidden within the gentle yet powerful superhero. Unfortunately, the narrative often centers around the importance of communication and the futility of violence yet barely backs the idea throughout the story at hand. Oddly enough, writer Brian Michael Bendis also shoehorns as many words as possible into the dialogue, sometimes also making certain speeches truly inauthentic, and creating highly-convoluted pages with meaningless noise instead of letting the artwork take over. From start to finish, it can be deduced that there was no thought or care put into the character’s journey as each controversy stacked up throughout Bendis’ time on this series.
Superman: Mythological is a jarring and insignificant finale to writer Brian Michael Bendis’ run on this series as he sends Superman left and right throughout the universe without a care in the world regarding his future.