This volume is a bit different. We are thrown into Superman's jounry into the "other" world. The one he created. What I liked: still loved all the stuff with the priest. Was kind of sad where it ended up not impacting the overall story but I did like that character. What I didn't like: The vanishing area was a bit over the top and silly for me. The final fight was drawn out and boring. The whole ending felt rushed and not well told. I understood it, but it didn't connect with me.
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I have to go with a 2. It was a big letdown compared to volume 1 which I enjoyed a lot throughout. Owell, this story arc in total still solid and worth reading for a different Superman story.
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May 18, Sam Quixote rated it liked it. SPOILERS This is a pretty ambitious storyline for Superman as it tells you that he created an entire dimension and that that was responsible for the mass vanishing that took place in Book 1. Brian Azzarello posits the theory that if Kal-El's father Jor-El created the Phantom Zone, that Kal-El should be able to do something similar except making it a utopia for emergencies, say if the planet is on the brink of destruction. It's a great idea actually and gets to the heart of who Superman is and I ca SPOILERS This is a pretty ambitious storyline for Superman as it tells you that he created an entire dimension and that that was responsible for the mass vanishing that took place in Book 1.
It's a great idea actually and gets to the heart of who Superman is and I can't fault Azzarello for basing these two books around it. But it takes some going back and re-reading and looking on the internet to find out that Superman is indirectly responsible for the vanishing - it's not really gone into in the book itself which is frustrating.
Then Zod shows up looking awesome but it's unclear how he came into the Utopia. Does it exist side by side with the Phantom Zone which was created to house Zod as a prison? Then Wonder Woman and Superman fight, pointlessly - as if she could take him! And Batman puts in an appearance pointlessly too. And while others have critiqued the catholic priest character, I found him to be a decent character and what they ended up doing to him was a bit crappy.
Who were the men in suits Halcyon were working for and were so intent on creating super soldiers like Equus and Superman's Orb? And the mystic in the end turning out to be irrelevant. The storyline eventually becomes Superman fighting Zod and all other plotholes are left unexplained which was disappointing. Jim Lee in an afterword tries to spin this as a positive, that it was always intended to be impressionistic, but I felt that Azzarello lost control of his various threads and never regained control again.
The artwork though is incredible, it's Jim Lee after all, though I felt he went a bit overboard in his depiction of Lois Lane - his version of her oozes sex appeal in every panel, rather than emphasising her intellect and character. His Zod though is perfect, I wouldn't be surprised to see it used as the template for next year's "Man of Steel" picture for Michael Shannon's role. While the story went off the cliff and never recovered, there was enough left to make a decent book and the artwork helped keep the pages turning.
Ultimately though I was expecting better and felt that the denouement doesn't live up to the first part of the series.
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Superman fans will still enjoy it though as there are plenty of good moments with the character and some interesting insight into his psyche. Jul 17, Sud rated it it was amazing Shelves: comics. In the follow up to the phenomenal first volume, Brian Azzarello finishes this truly amazing and wonderfully written tale of Superman. To pick up from Vol 1, Superman has gotten ahold of the machine that caused the vanishing.
He finds out that it was HE himself who built it. If you want to know why, then well read this excellent 2 volume tale. I It begs questions such as "what exactly is heaven? All these questions are asked and In the follow up to the phenomenal first volume, Brian Azzarello finishes this truly amazing and wonderfully written tale of Superman. All these questions are asked and the answers many times are left to the reader, which is brilliant.
The artwork is uniformly phenomenal throughout the two volumes. The fight between Wonder Woman and Superman was excellently done and shows that while certainly outclassed by Superman, Wonder Woman is absolutely nothing to take lightly. I also enjoyed the Zod fight, and really liked the super-spook Mr "Orr". Great character, hope to see him again. Rare indeed is a comic that will make you pause for a moment and actually think. This story does precisely that. Hats off to Mr.
Azarello for crafting one of the best Superman tales in a long time. View all 16 comments. Nov 12, Jesse A rated it really liked it Shelves: graphic-novels. Exceptional story. Beautiful art. Very well done! I have read this book before, but it was a few years ago and I had forgotten it. I think it is trying to tell you a moral story, but for my liking there is a bit too much voiceover captions, and not quite enough evolving story.
I also foudn this story a little confusing, as you don't see what led up to Superman creating what he did here, and it doesn't quite make sense to I have read this book before, but it was a few years ago and I had forgotten it. I also foudn this story a little confusing, as you don't see what led up to Superman creating what he did here, and it doesn't quite make sense to me why he started doing this. Trying not to give away any spoilers here! So not a great read for me, sorry! There were lots of good things going on in For Tomorrow - I thought Azzarello really did a good job slowing down the internal moments, focusing intensely on Superman's feelings and the things that drive him to do what he does.
I enjoyed the origin of the Vanishing except the clunky part about how Clark erased the memory from his own mind.
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As I've stated other times, I'm a big believer in Superman being the LAST son of Krypton and I appreciate when a writer shows the impact that the loss of hi There were lots of good things going on in For Tomorrow - I thought Azzarello really did a good job slowing down the internal moments, focusing intensely on Superman's feelings and the things that drive him to do what he does.
To me, Krypton should sometimes cast this sort of shadow over Superman. It's his birthworld; his entire life was born in unthinkable tragedy.https://nombtrutatlopi.tk
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I loved to see him struggle with feelings that he had to do more, had to be able to save everyone when his father could not. I like seeing a more proactive Superman. Rucka's Superman has been tighter in story, but he still suffers from the annoying problem of always going to the JLA for advice. So I appreciated seeing Azzarello's Superman go to the JLA and say, "I'm handling this, and if you don't like how I'm doing it, I'll just ask you to trust me and to stay out of my way.
I think that of all the League members, Batman to me anyway may not see eye to eye with Superman on methods, but he'll be the first person to trust Superman to handle the problem and handle it correctly. There were several unfulfilling moments - the villains were not terribly memorable. Zod never really had any clear motivation, beyond a nebulous "Your father did this to me" concept which was not defined clearly.
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Equus was two-dimensional. The priest's plot sort of petered out. He was a very effective sounding board in the early chapters, but then he is grabbed by, I assume, the OMAC people , turns into a big monster, and then fights Equus for eternity apparently. It was a strange and fairly pointless direction for his character's arc to take.
I'm not sure that I understood why the elemental forces were attacking Superman or why the girl who controlled them convinced Wonder Woman to go after Superman. She didn't seem to have much point. On the art-front, Jim Lee's art was good. I'm not a huge Jim Lee fan, but I must admit that he is an effective action-adventure artist.
Some of his panels hit extremely hard, and Azzarello really gave him some great visual tapestries to cut loose on. Outer space, the ocean floor pointless scene though it was , the Fortress, the Phantom Zone paradise, Metropolis, the Middle East - Lee made it all look dynamite.
Overall, despite its flaws, I enjoyed it. It could've been tighter and better trim out the elementals and give more room to Zod and his reason for having such a powerful affect on the Phantom Zone , but I had a fun time. Perhaps the critical hating that this arc took may have also lowered my expectations as well.