Written by John Edward Betancourt
So it came to pass, the Last Son of Krypton, the world's greatest protector, a man made of steel had fallen in the streets of Metropolis, defending it with his life. The world was stunned and all would morn the passing of Superman, but his death...was only temporary. Yes, the Return of Superman was the only logical plot line to follow his death and DC Comics pulled out all the stops.
Following his demise at the hands of Doomsday, the Man of Steel is entombed within a shrine an the world seems to be a worse place. But in his absence, there seems to be hope as four men, each bearing the seal of the house of El upon their chest step in to save the day, and the world will never be the same.
I have to admit, the entire story of how Superman returned was to me, as compelling as the story that came before it. We had no clue who was who in this "Reign of the Supermen", minus of course Steel since John Henry Irons was born on earth. But the other three...well, they all looked like the Man of Steel, and appeared to have his genetic makeup and it made for incredible storytelling.
After all, the storyline did a fine job of slowly revealing the true origins of these Supermen and the big reveal of the one who looked to be the legit rebirth of Superman, the Cyborg, turned out to be one of the nastiest villains I've seen in the pages of comics in a long time.
I mean, hey, he only blew up Coast City and wasted 7 million innocent people, no big deal right? Oddly enough, my brother and I were split on who was the real Superman. My money was on the Eradicator since he seemed like a man who had dealt with death and my bro was all about the Cyborg and well...we were both wrong, since it turned out the real Kal-El was healing inside the Fortress of Solitude all this time.
Either way, this was a story arc that completely pulled me in. I not only wanted to see Superman return badly, but I could not wait to see how he came back to life after being devastated by Doomsday. There was a little more to the Doomsday and Superman dynamic, but we will save that...until next time.