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Lex Luthor: Man of Steel [Library Binding]

Brian Azzarello , Lee Bermejo
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January 2006
Written by Brian Azzarello Art and cover by Lee Bermejo Superman has been called many things, from the defender of Truth, Justice and the American way to the Big Blue Boy Scout. In LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL, he is called something he never been called before: a threat to all humanity! In this trade paperback collecting the acclaimed 5-issue miniseries LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL, fan-favorite writer Brian Azzarello (SUPERMAN, 100 BULLETS) teams up with artist Lee Bermejo (BATMAN/DEATHBLOW) for a bold story in which readers get a glimpse into the mind of Superman's longtime foe. MAN OF STEEL reveals why Luthor chooses to be the proverbial thorn in the Man of Steel's side - to save humanity from an ntrustworthy alien being.
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Grade 10 Up–This fresh treatment of an old relationship is squarely in the tradition of sophisticated alternate treatments of classic heroes. Lex Luthor finds Superman's alien preternatural calm and taciturn manner so irritating that he creates his own superhero. Hope, his glamorous new superprotégée, has the personality and media savvy that Superman never will. Lex hires a local pedophile supervillain, the Toyman, to carry out a day-care bombing and intends for Hope to achieve a public triumph by catching and murdering him. But as all comics readers know, the rule of law must always win out over vigilante justice. Here Bruce Wayne, Batman, is nothing but a wealthy industrialist, part of the corporate Gotham world, while Superman stays away from the bright lights. Bermejo's sleek coloring and line design maintain DC's high standards. Superman appears angrier and without the ludicrous muscles he often sports; Bruce Wayne is roguish instead of his usual polished self. Clearly for older readers for its moral questioning, this title deserves a home in libraries looking for brainy and subtle superhero reads.–John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Praise for Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Joker:

"An ink-dark series about consequence-free revenge"—NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE

"A meditation on money, power and morality. . . for our money, the  best current ongoing series."—PLAYBOY

"The story has it all: flawed protagonists, dirty cops, conspiracy, guns and that big mistake that makes it all go wrong."—CHICAGO TRIBUNE --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story May 2 2014
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I was told about this graphic novel by a friend and was really excited to check it out! Definitely worth the buy! Great art and a entertaining story from the perspective of Lex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This makes you like Lex Luthor July 12 2013
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The artwork is beautiful. The storyline puts us in a place where Lex Luthor owns and runs the business. Uses some dirty tricks. Sees the long term effect of superheros as a stop to human willingness to survive and acts on it!

I loved Joker from Azzarello that was release after Luthor and decided to buy Luthor. Just long enough, I believe there's some opportunity for a second volume which i would buy day one of it's release. Great insight on the character that's more than often pictured as a self-centered maniac but is in fact an Idealist with good intention in the next 20 moves.

Top artwork, great short story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book June 16 2013
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Well worth price. This should be the next man of steel movie. Blend in a bit of J.L.A. and you got a winner.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Red Son is better Nov. 22 2010
I think this is a ok story. It helps you understand Mr. Luthor's motivations But as far as Superman VS Luthor story goes, I enjoyed Superman Red Son a lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and great look at Lex Luthor Aug. 13 2006
By A. Sandoc - Published on
Lex Luthor - Man of Steel is a great look inside the mind of Superman's greatest foe and one of the DC Universe's most intriguing and interesting villains. In fact, Brian Azzarello writes this story of Lex Luthor with the goal of showing the complexity of what makes Lex Luthor tick. Azzarello posits the idea of Lex Luthor not being the sociopathic villain whose quest to destroy Superman has become almost Ahab-like in its intensity. No, Luthor in this book is made out to be less a villain but a champion of humanity against what he sees as the stagnating and tyrannical effect of Superman on the human race.

He sees Superman as a super-powerful being of alien origin whose seeming similarity to looking like a human is just a disguise to hide what he suspects as something whose very presence will lead to humanity's downfall. Even the way Superman is drawn by Lee Bermejo as seen by Luthor looks like some sort of demonic being whose glowing red eyes make him more villain than superhero. Azzarello's book doesn't make Luthor into a hero for he still makes decisions which seem to be that of a sociopath than a hero for the people. His hiring of the pedophilic Toyman is one example of the true nature of Luthor showing through just enough beneath the image the man himself has deluded his own self into believing.

One could make the point that Lex Luthor - Man of Steel is a story of one man's delusions of heroic grandeur and a messianic complex. He sees everyone around him as less than his equal thus putting the onus of saving the world from the likes of Superman on his own shoulders. He even sees Bruce Wayne as less the philantrophic businessman but more as a rogue who only does things for his own selfish needs. No, in this book Lex Luthor sees himself as the only person who has the will and the mind to do what is best for humanity even if they don't appreciate him for it.

Azzarello really hits every note in making Lex Luthor both heroic and villainous in this story. He has written a tale of a man's obsession with the downfall of a superhero get to the point that reality has almost become warped in this man's mind. Lee Bermejo's beautiful near photorealistic artwork works very well with Azzarello's story. I also like the small details of how Luthor truly sees Superman. From the glowing red eyes and the use of bleached out colors of Superman's costume. Gone is the red, white and blue colors of the costume and in its place are colors closer to black and red.

Lex Luthor - Man of Steel is a great and intriguing graphic novel by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo delving into the complex and, ultimately, fracturing mind of Lex Luthor. I didn't think it was possible, but these two artists have made Luthor both sympathetic and reviled in the same book in equal amounts. I highly recommend this book to fans of the DC Universe and its characters.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating and Thought Provoking Story Jan. 18 2009
By K.Cruz - Published on
There have been many versions of Lex Luthor throughout the years; scientist, businessman, over the top, genius. He has been adapted and changed throughout the ages, with various successes and failures peppered in between.

I think though, that the Lex Luthor of Lex Luthor: Man of Steel gives you one of the greatest, if not the best, ways to look at the character.

The Lex Luthor of this story is a beautifully complex man. He sees Superman, not a possible savior, but as a dangerous alien who might turn on humanity any day. However, the way this is presented is truly unique and striking.

Every Lex Luthor I have seen has hated Superman yes, loathed him, or was jealous of the world's adoration of him. The reason for his hate has been from his own ego, his own quest for power, or hatred based on past actions between the two. This is the first time I found the enmity based on feelings for the world, not himself. This Lex despises Superman because he shows man's limitations, stops the world from advancing and becoming greater. And what's chilling is, in a way, the reader feels he's right. I won't go completely into detail about how and why because I'm sure new readers don't want an adventure spoiled for them.

Something I've heard complaints about for this book is the lack of explanation. Certain things occur and happen without a full backstory or step by step analysis. To me, that is a strength here. The first time I read the story, I loved it, but I had questions. I read it again. Things popped out at me that I had never noticed the first time, words suddenly had double meanings and hit harder than before, enough to shock me. The parts of the book that I had been unsure of were no more, because I was able to understand and draw my own conclusions. It's a blessing when a book let's you think instead of hammering the answer into your skull on its own.

The unexplained scenarios of this tale do not hamper the story. Full explanations would have taken away from it.

Another thing that must be touched on is the art. It is, truly, stunning. The style is one of which I have never seen before this artist, and I found it many different things at once. Beautiful, somehow realistic, horrifying. It's a privilege to look at honestly. Superman is drawn in such a way that I found myself afraid to imagine such a creature, as Lex, with his mindset, must be when he sees him flying through Metropolis. It added so much to what would have been an already fabulous plot.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone, any place, comic readers or not. It shows us a version of Lex that we can come to fear for his paranoia, respect for his sacrifice, pity for his unseen ego, and ache for his passion. We see Superman through different eyes, a very different Man of Steel. The text strikes a chord, proposing lessons and ideas that apply to much more than only Superman.

I have read many comics, from those proclaimed to be the greatest, to those that are pushed to the back of the shelf. I can truthfully say this is the best comic I have ever read, one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I hope everyone who has the chance to pick it up will, because it would be a shame not to.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Bad is the Bad Guy Jan. 29 2006
By Bobcatred - Published on
This is certainly not your typical Superhero comic. It takes a look at Superman's arch-nemesis and why he hates Superman so much. Lex Luthor comes across as being very intelligent man who is scared (or jealous, mayhaps?) of Superman and what he represents, and as a result takes actions that have a high cost. But do the ends truly justify the means?

If you're looking for a good old action-packed Superhero comic, this isn't it, but if you dig complex villains, this is a good choice
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Superman story... Aug. 9 2011
By Michael G. Mclendon - Published on
That's not really about Superman. This book invites you with Luthor suave and charm to see the world from his perspective. Berjemo's art does an insanely good job of making making the man of steel both threatening and alien without ever destroying the essence of our big blue boy scout(even if we are viewing him through our villain's eyes). I don't think Superman says one word in this entire story... which is extremely effective. A must read for those that like darker Superman tales(I like when his eyes go all heat vision with rage) or stories with villains so developed that it's difficult to just call them the bad guy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're Fired, Lex Luthor Sept. 27 2010
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on
Lex Luthor has always been Superman's arch foe for 70 years. In this reimaging of Luthor, writer Brian (100 Bullets fane) Azzarello give the reader a new spin on a classic comic legend...a view point of a business magnus, ala Donald Trump style. This graphic novel is the five issue comic series of the same name.
The art of the deal and comic history will never be the same after you read this graphic tale.

What makes this book different is it's not Superhero-ish. It comes across of a character study of Luthor himself. As Gordon Gekko stated "Greed is good" and Ahab said "Revenge is a dish best served cold" both mantras that Lex totally believes in. This Luthor is all business with an underlining evil ideal to best Superman. He does it with back handed business deals and semi-legal plans with a partner you would not believe.

The amazing thing is the writing is crisp. There is a freshness to Luthor unscene before in comics. This is not a child's book. There is evil and its heart lays in the plans of the genuis of Lex Luthor Man of Steel.

If you seek an adult comic fare, this is the book to get
Bennet Pomerantz
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