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Book Title: Superman: The Black Ring Vol. 1|
The author of the book: Paul Cornell
ISBN 13: 9780857686312
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.47 MB
Edition: Titan Publishing Company
Date of issue: February 1st 2012
Read full description of the books Superman: The Black Ring Vol. 1:Were you reading every Superman story arc in 2010/11? How about the Blackest Night storyline? ‘Cos I wasn’t and didn’t know I had to in order to understand this book! Apparently at some point in one of those arcs, Lex Luthor became an Orange Lantern (just saying that reminds me why I’m not into Green Lantern) and then he wasn’t. The Black Lanterns and their Black Rings were apparently super-powerful but then went away, for some reason (I know, if I read Blackest Night, I’d probably know - maybe I will at some point).
This book opens with Superman off-world, on some quest - it’s called Superman: The Black Ring, but he doesn’t make a single appearance and instead Lex Luthor is the main character - while Lex plots to find a way of locating a Black Ring to become all-powerful and supplant Superman as saviour of Earth. Also, I have no idea when this happened but Lex created a Lois Lane android to be his personal assistant/girlfriend, which is just plain creepy especially as he has sex with it.
The book follows Lex’s patchy quest across the planet for these large black spheres which are apparently energy residue of the Black Rings which will lead him to the Black Rings...? This is why I’m not into Green Lantern, it’s too sci-fi crazy - imagine an imaginary concept, apply semi-real science to it, then add fantasy, and make it central to your story! That’s modern sci-fi, and I don’t get it.
On his journey he encounters some of DC’s B and C-list characters like Deathstroke, Mister Mind (a psychic space caterpillar), Grodd (an intelligent, violent gorilla), Vandal Savage (an immortal), and Death (from Sandman - yeah, Neil Gaiman’s cute goth chick!). Grodd had a great scene where he announces that he’s brought his biggest combat spoon to eat Lex’s brain with and the Death issue was quite good - it helped that I’m a big Sandman fan, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Dream’s sister show up for an issue of contemplation with Lex.
Despite a few nice moments though, I was more or less baffled throughout as to what the hell was going on. Lex and Black Rings? Superman gone off somewhere? It was whacky and fun in places, and Lex is a great character so it was good to see him get the spotlight again, but if you’re a Superman fan looking for a great Superman book, look elsewhere as the Man of Steel is nowhere to be found in this one. I have Volume 2 though so maybe he shows up in that book. As for Volume 1, if you’re a Lex Luthor fan and enjoy a story that jumps around the globe featuring some of DC and Vertigo’s lesser known characters, “The Black Ring, Volume 1” is for you. Just be sure that you know what Blackest Night was all about or you might end up flailing for the first third of the book.
Read information about the authorPaul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out from Tor on December 6th.
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