This was an odd volume that appears to follow Bruce Wayne as The Insider as he checks up on the various characters in his life after coming back from the dead. As such it is not a title in its own right, but instead a case of a common story arc crossing multiple comics that is collected into one volume. In doing so we find ourselves with a mish mash of storytelling abilities, with some being quite well written while others seem more like teenage fanfic. The overarching story isn’t a bad one, but feels more like an excuse to have Bruce wander through multiple books. The new character is interesting and I see some fun potential in it, but I want to see whether they do anything else with it or not. On the whole, it was a good read, if a bit contrived.
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I have mixed feelings about this one. The underlying plot that ties it all together is cohesive and whole, but some of the stories were more than a bit rough around the edges. And don’t let me talk about some of the horrid artwork for part of the arc. It was bad enough that I basically just skimmed that section as I couldn’t bear to stay there long enough to read the story. That said, there were some very nice parts in there, and I finally got the story where Wonder Woman committed murder that I had encountered in the Manhunter books, so that filled in some blanks quite nicely. All in all, while it all made up the story arc, only about 50% of this volume was really Superman and worth reading. The other bits…not so much, and they are what pulled the rating down so low.
Wow!!! Really, that pretty much says it all. This was probably the best Superman story arc I have ever read. An extremely powerful story told over the course of two volumes with some absolutely astounding artwork. I wasn’t so sure when I read the first volume, and while I enjoyed it I didn’t like the incomplete feeling I had when I finished it. Add this to that story, as was intended all along, and that story is complete. Make the effort to read both volumes and you won’t regret doing so.