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Posted by bnwadmin On November - 23 - 2010

Steel #1

Jon Bogdanove, Louise Simonson (w) Chris Batista Rich Faber (a)

If I recall correctly there was a reason I knew not to read this one when it initially came out 16 years ago. Sometimes pulling out a book at random to review is not always such a great idea. But I digress.

The character of John Henry Iron aka as Steel is an intriguing one and years after his first appearance and this story he actually becomes a pivotal partner to Superman in his effort to defend Metropolis. This issue is not this time however.

Irons returns home to Washington, D.C. tracking guns he worked to remove from the streets of Metropolis. No sooner has he returned on the bus and been welcomed by his niece Natasha that the action and mystery begins. From that standpoint, the story keeps on moving which I guess is a good thing so you do not realize just how much time you are spending with this one.

Bogdanove (with help from Simonson) does a nice job of introducing the Irons family and setting the story in motion with a mysterious tip (think Luke and Ben Kenobi getting busted by the Stormtroopers by the anonymous source on Mos Eisley). However, Irons has given up his super hero days, although he still has his iron shield which comes in handy early on in the book.

But of course, every time I think I am out, they pull me back in which is exactly what happens as Irons family comes under siege as the attackers are looking for him of course. The rest of the basis of the start of this monthly book.

The dialogue and art are classic mid-90’s and there is a reason the industry almost did not survive this time period. Anyway, that’s what I got for you this month in my Random Retro Comic Review.

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