Superman #23.1

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September 4, 2013
The only reason I think this book exists is the fact Luthor is hatching another experiment labeled B-O. But why would he name it Bizarro before this one went bizarro? Uhmmm...moving on.
Believe it or not, you don’t see much of the Bizarro we know, but rather more of his predecessor, as well as his creator. Ultimately the character of Bizarro is based on Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. This re-telling is very well written, and all credit to Sholly Fisch, and Jeff Johnson who take a great twist on this classic character.
2 out of 5 stars
The Superman kick-off for villains month was all right, not bad, but not great. Readers at least get an introduction to the new 52 Bizarro, and Lex Luthor, again shows why he is a great character. This is mostly a book for devout Superman fans.
7 out of 10
Superman 23.1 isn’t a bad read. I actually liked it. I’d recommend it for fans of Luthor and those who are really into Forever Evil. But if you’re reading to learn about Superman, then this issue isn’t really worth spending the price, unless you want to pay $3.99 for the wicked cool cover.
2.5 out of 5 stars
"Superman" #23.1 is a little frustrating because this is by two good comic creators who are ultimately undone not by anything of their own fault, but by the nature of the assignment. If this had been able to get broken free of "Forever Evil" and tell a story that got to head off in its own direction, I'd be much more enthusiastic about it. Instead, this feels like an exciting car ride that suddenly and with no warning ends right back where you started. Next time, let Fisch and Johnson pick their own destination, please.
Pass on this one. Bizarro #1’s 3D cover may be pretty eye-catching but most of the information found in this book will probably be explained pretty quickly in upcoming issues of Forever Evil. There are better “Villain’s Month” issues to be had this week.
9 out of 10
The standalone nature of these tie-ins also lends the opportunity to showcase some lesser-known talents, and Superman #23.1 is a prime example of this. Sholly Fisch and Jeff Johnson deserve some major kudos for this book, and I hope to see them take on some more big-name books in the months to come.