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And we come at last to STEEL 52, the final issue of the series. While I'm not certain, that has to make it DC's longest running title starring a person of color, right?

This issue is crammed to the bursting point, as the creative team rushes to tie up as many dangling plots as they can. They had very little advanced warning of the cancelation.

The issue itself is told in non-chronological order, but I've adjusted for that. This isn't the first scene in the comic, but it is set the earliest:

The news from the hospital is of Skorpio's attack on Natasha, from last issue. She's in the hospital, slowly dying from the toxin in his weapons.

Skorpio's secret identity as Dr. Sam Ellis is revealed when he sabotages an attempt to give her an experimental anti-toxin. Escaping the hospital, he runs into Crash. He's rather angry about the fact that Skorpio has possibly killed Nat, who is after all his daughter.

Steel finds Skorpio, and there's a fight.

Steel knows Skorpio's destroyed the only supply of anti-toxin. He thinks Nat's as good as dead.

"--I'll have your very soul."

After that, there's a time skip, leaving Skorpio's fate a mystery (for a very brief while). Because of the skip, it's not clear whether Crash revealed his real identity or if Steel simply pieced the clues together on his own, but, whatever the case, he now knows.

The Crash storyline is definitely the one that suffers the most from the book's abrupt cancelation. What you just saw is all the resolution for it we get.

And that's the Jersey City era. Nineteen issues of one rational man's daily travails in city where everybody else wasn't. Thoughts? Opinions?

Date: 2011-01-24 09:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Thank you for these posts, they've been most interesting.

I can't imagine professional graphic artist Kyle not getting the difference between the Superman S and the Steel S, and what that might mean to John.

Also, some very odd postures in this issue with a lot of rather weird "leaning...", Kyle, the John vs Crash page...

And the "Amanda knew all along" reveal is just... dull... Did they ever adequately explain why she kept Skorpio's secret? (And did they explain why Skorpio wears an outfit with tiger-stripes?)

And did Johns position at the Hospital ever get referenced again?

Date: 2011-01-24 12:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] benicio127
Oh Steel ;___;
I don't read Superman, but I remember back during the death of and return of arcs that I really liked him. I flipped through the recent Steel one-shot to see what was happening and saw a possible death fake-out and was incredibly turned off from buying the comic.

Date: 2011-01-24 12:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Thanks for posting all of these. I can't say that I loved it, but I did like it a lot. It felt unique, showcasing Steel in a way we haven't seen before or since. I really like the generally self-contained nature of the thing...though it's a pity they didn't get enough notice to wrap things up as cleanly as they'd like.

While they clearly had to condense, it also seems like this is how things would end up, regardless. And unlike some comics, it leaves Steel sitting pretty for his future appearances. And I agree, it seems's really off that Kyle, of ALL people, wouldn't notice how it's different.

By and large, this stands as a very different feel for a superhero comic....which may have been what led to its cancellation, I don't know. It still feels very unbalanced to me, but overall was an interesting take on the character, something that highlights how he's not just 'Superman in armor', but a completely different character.

Date: 2011-01-24 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed reading these a lot. Thanks for your efforts :)

Date: 2011-01-24 02:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
I'd been meaning to get right on to your scan posts of Steel, but before I knew it, you'd already gone on to the finale.
Time to backtrack. Steel seemed like such an interesting character but people kept making an inside joke about it that I never understood.

Date: 2011-01-24 03:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shanejayell
Huh, nice.

I have to confess I HATED the art on this run, but the writing was pretty good. And I wish the finale had been followed up on in other books... but instead he went back to being a bit player in Metropolis.

Date: 2011-01-25 12:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] comicoz
Back when the Rise of the Supermen arc came out, I was in my late teens and I though that Superboy was probably the best char, however Steel really seems to be the most rounded then (looking back) and still today. I loved seeing him in JLA as just an all around general genious and then still beaming home to be with his daughter. DC really seems to have no clue what to do with him though, as his presence in the past few years has been puzzling at best.

Speaking of recent uses of Steel - the robot hand...honestly, even after being told where that injury happened, I still cannot see it. I can only assume that was someone's idea of a new plot point that got dumped as it was never mentioned again.

Date: 2011-01-25 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelazyreader
Steel needs his own series. The common man may see him as an Iron Man knockoff, but that doesn't negate the fact that his character has potential.

A question to those who've been reading Superman through the 90's: Did Steel ever incorporate Dr. Emil Hamilton's personal forcefield tech into his suit? That kind of thing has interesting growth potential.


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