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After the devastating events of WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, Superman looks to reconnect with the roots of his battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way. “Grounded” begins as Superman visits Philadelphia – on foot – then continues in a small town in Ohio where, as in many towns, a number of its residents are from other places. But when The Man of Steel discovers that there arAfter the devastating events of WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, Superman looks to reconnect with the roots of his battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way. “Grounded” begins as Superman visits Philadelphia – on foot – then continues in a small town in Ohio where, as in many towns, a number of its residents are from other places. But when The Man of Steel discovers that there are also a number of residents secretly from other worlds, he unravels a mystery that may have grave consequences for Earth....

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Superman: Grounded, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Jeff
    2019-03-22 16:27

    How do you have Superman, the most powerful being on Earth, deal with the issues of the everyman and make it interesting? Other writers have tried with varying degrees of success: John Byrne, Grant Morrison, etc. Now, J. Michael Straczynski wants to give it a whirl. It seems that Superman has lost touch with the issues of the common man after the mega-galactic New Krypton storyline, so he decides to take a walk across America, kind of like that old TV show Highway to Heaven but on steroids.A word to Mr. Straczynski: If you are going to use real places, please get it right. There might be a South side of Chicago, but there isn’t a “south side” in Philadelphia. Then you have Superman ordering a cheese steak in a diner. A diner!! Not recommended. Maybe Superman doesn’t have to worry about food poisoning but the rest of us do. FYI: A real Philly cheese steak does not involve Cheese Whiz, SteakUm, or a T-Bone on white bread with a slice of Swiss cheese. And while we’re on the subject of signature Philadelphia sandwiches, here’s an analogy for you:Subway: Hoagies :: Shia LaBeouf: (Insert name of any reasonably intelligent human being here)Where was I, oh yeah, Superman takes a long walk. The problem here is the same problem that the old black and white Superman TV show had: if you don’t mix it up with someone/something that gives Superman a run for his money it gets boring, quickly.He does encounter aliens living in Detroit of all places (Detroit, seriously, you’re no worse off putting them in, say Cleveland or Pittsburgh) and some thug gets possessed by a meteorite and Superman knocks him around destroying a little town in the process, thus putting a damper on the Goodwill tour.Stracsynski also devoted entire issues to the problems of Lois Lane and Perry White and…ooh, look a bird just flew past my window.Even Batman warned him of the folly of this undertaking. Always heed advice from Bats. Always.

  • Anne
    2019-03-20 10:46

    I'm torn. I usually like Straczynski's writing, the premise sounded good, and the cover looked interesting. So I really wanted to love it.There were moments in Grounded that were pretty cool, but in the end I felt unsatisfied.Why, you ask? Because after a while, the plot and Superman's actions seemed to mirror another much loved character. Run, Forest! Run!As the title implies, Superman basically grounds himself, and decides to, er, walk across America. It was supposed to be a way for Forest the Man of Steel to reconnect with his humanity. Saving the world one abusive husband at a time! And parts of it were touching, but...Life is like a box of chocolates...And not all of the stories were covered in chewy caramel. Some of them were filled with that shitty white goop. For example, the Superman Gets Rid of the Drug Dealers story.Don't tell my kids, but I secretly cringe whenever I read the Drugs Are Bad stuff. I always have to do a quick peek over my shoulder, just to make sure Nancy Reagan isn't lurking in the shadows with a handful of those retarded Just Say No stickers.Brrrrr. Creepy.M'kay, so the Evil Pushers story been done to death already (my opinion), but that's not even my main gripe. This one was just so...unrealistic. (In case you were wondering, YES. I am rolling my eyes at myself right now.)(view spoiler)[First, In what reality would random dealers get in Superman's face and taunt him? Lex Luthor usually dons some sort of mechanical armor before he does that, and I don't think it takes any special kind of intelligence to figure out why.Second, in response to said taunting, Superman sets their stashes on fire with his heat vision. Multiple houses filled with these...stashes.Pssst.Just think about why that might not be a good idea for a minute...Don't worry, it'll eventually come to you. Smooth move, Gump. Tsk. Nancy would be so disappointed in you.On the bright side, I'm sure the neighborhood you helped probably had a very mellow evening. (hide spoiler)]Another section of the book that I thought was a bit wonky, was Lois' story. While she's covering the Superman Walkabout story for the Planet, she begins to question whether or not she sold out her ambitions for love. Instead of being known for her own merit, she's known as the chick who interviews Superman. Awwww.Cry me a river, lady. You're married to Superman. I'm sure there are a few perks that come along with that, right? wink, wink nudge, nudge I did, however, find the interactions between Lois and Clark humorous and endearing. I think the story would have benefited with a little more page time between those two. I just felt like running...So what intense event caused our hero to hoof it from town to town?(view spoiler)[A crazy lady barges up to him at a press conference, and publicly blames him for her husband's death. Gasp!Oh. Wait. She's nuts. She blames Superman for not being on Earth when her husband needed him. Needed him to use his super eye-blasters to remove a tumor.Mmmmmm. That's an awfully sad story, but it doesn't make it Superman's fault. I found it quite a stretch to believe that he didn't understand that, or that something that wacky could cause him to march around on foot helping people fix their cars. (hide spoiler)]At any rate, I thought it should have been a better reason.Ok. I've been bitching, but this really wasn't awful. This really is a soild 3 star read, I was just hoping for something more.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2019-04-10 11:36

    The creator of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski, gives us his take on a Superman tale. After a great catastrophe Superman goes into deep reflection. Some would say it's depression and/or denial, especially Batman. Regardless, Superman decides to walk the USA reacting to the moment and helping people with small problems. There are some challenging moments in here that ask some thought provoking questions such as: if a superhero can't be everywhere what good are they to those hurt? How can a super moral person forgive themselves for a horrible outcome? Is a career more important than love (and vice versa to that question)? Why must Superman fix little problems when the locals could do it but lack the compassion and/or courage? Pay attention to the domestically abused boy and mother. The artwork has a classic and youthful look to it. This is the first half of the story. The next part is continued in volume 2. STORY/PLOTTING: B to B plus; ARTWORK: B plus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTIONS: B plus to A minus; OVERALL GRADE: B plus; WHEN READ: mid February 2012.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-24 16:44

    It's been a LONG time since I've read a Superman comic, and this happened to be sitting next to Ms. Marvel when I went to pick it up at the library, so I checked it out. It was . . . interesting. It had the typical JMS positives and negatives. Some parts were great, and some parts were soooo not. Actually, the last time I read a Superman comic was the wedding issue, what, back in 1997? I think that might have been the last time I read a DC comic as well . . . nope. A friend gave me some Batman comic freshman year of college, but I don’t remember which one. Anyway, my point is, I’m not SUPER (heh) familiar with DC or Superman comics, so take what I say with a grain of salt, maybe? Also, I read this during the 24 hour Read-a-thon right during my prime loopy time with a bunch of other comics, so I don’t actually remember much about it beyond main impressions.So the story here is that after some huge thing has just gone down where Superman exceeded his limits, or went too far, got too scary and cosmic or whatever, he decides to sort of forego the superpowered life and remind himself why he does what he does. He takes a walk, from Metropolis to who all knows where, all on foot. As you might imagine, this becomes a big deal in the eyes of the public. His walk is speculated on in the press, and he’s followed from place to place. All along the way, he stops to talk with and help the people he meets. Occasionally, these are nice moments, but a lot of the time they end up feeling ham-handed and underdeveloped.I’ll probably read the second volume just because I’m a completionist, but this book definitely isn’t an incentive for me to pick up the rest of the DC comics that are on my TBR list.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-03-31 15:35

    I was really looking forward to reading this book from this acclaimed author, but instead of taking one of the greatest characters ever made and making him more incredible, he had Superman wander around the country feeling sorry for himself. A total waste of time.

  • Josh Epstein
    2019-03-26 11:24

    In preparation for the end of the world in 2012, last September, DC Comics relaunched their entire line of monthly comics. This marked the official end of the Post Crisis DC Universe and the beginning of the New 52. One thing lost in the shuffle was the controversial and widely panned final run of Superman, begun by J. Michael Straczynskyi. In Grounded, JMS looked to bring the character, quite literally, back to Earth. Rather than spending the final 12-issue arc of his career dealing with world-conquering space villains and finding his way out of some kryptonite trap, the Big Blue Boy Scout settles in for a long walk across America. Yes, that's right—Superman, the guy who made you believe a man could fly, walked across America's heartland. The premise may seem silly to some: the idea of the most powerful hero in the DC Universe putting aside, say, patrolling the world for danger and just going for a stroll across the Rust Belt. Of course, the run was almost universally panned by critics and fans. Sadly, this meant that a great many people steered clear of the book, which took a character whose black-and-white morality has been a staple over the years, and had him confront the very real social issues facing America today. He confronts "illegal aliens" from another world living off the grid in Detroit, and convinces them that it is not enough for them to come here and survive, but that they must give back to their community and help it repair itself. In short order, a new biotech firm is opened at an abandoned auto plant. He cleans the stock room of a greasy spoon diner in exchange for a sandwich. He makes a radio shock-jock turned super-villain realize that she is suffering from information overload, and that she needs to regulate what she's absorbing in order to keep from going crazy. He tells an old man to get his irregular heartbeat checked out, before it's too late. This is Superman not as Deus Ex Machina but as explorer of the human condition. He is a super hero for the little guy, helping those who fall into the cracks that, if he were flying, he'd be too high to see. Some would argue that taking Superman, of all characters, into this territory is dangerously overreaching the character's traditional bounds. He has typically been depicted confronting threats of epic, direct physical danger to himself and the people around him. Very rarely has he tangled with the intangible issues of reality. A character born in 1986 was created in a world where growth was everywhere. The threats that Superman faced attempted to exceed in scope the lingering fears we faced in the waning years of the Cold War. Those could be (and were) created and defeated time and again, reassuring us that good would always triumph. In Grounded, Superman struggles to find a path through the real challenges that face America. He is forced to examine the arguments that are baffling the best efforts of our own leaders. If you want to know whether he succeeds or not... Read it. Now that this run has now been collected by DC Comics, it is definitely worth a second look if you are interested in some solid social commentary from one of the greatest icons in American Pop Culture.

  • Adam Graham
    2019-04-19 14:25

    In Action Comics #1, one of the first villains Superman took on was a wife-beater. The early Superman Golden Age stories introduced us to a guy who was concerned about real people and their very real problems. In one early adventure, he helped a down on his luck boxer come back. In another, he took the place of a man who was being pushed around constantly to help him a chance at success and happiness. In one unforgettable story, Superman helped a little boy at an orphanage ran by an abusive headmaster. However, that Superman hadn't been seen for five decades or more. The drug dealers, gangsters, and abusers that terrorize people in our modern world had been deemed unfitting challenges for the man of steel as they can't really hurt him. Instead, Superman has to fight the big villains: Darkseid, Luthor, and Brainiac. The comic writes decreed Superman was too big, too grand, and majestic for ordinary people with their ordinary problems.Superman: Grounded is therefore a throwback to the Superman of the 1940s and 50s. Superman left Earth to fight to save New Krypton in a previous issue. After that failed, some felt that Superman wasn't really loyalty to Earth: that he was alien and concerned with the affairs of alien worlds. Yet, when a widow blames him for the death of her husband (in a way that's rather far fetched), Superman makes a decision to start walking across America, getting in touch with ordinary people and their problems. At first, when he started walking, I was reminded of the scene from Forest Gump when Gump began to run, but then as the story began to play out, I smiled. Superman's walkabout saw him helping people wherever he went, setting a good example and helping people in need. Sueprman's deeds were not hugely mighty, but they captured the often-forgotten heart of the Man of Steel. He spends hours on top of people talking to a suicidal jumper, he helps a man diagnose the problem with his car, takes on some crack houses, teaches a disturbed stalker a few lessons, and encounters an abused boy whose waiting for Superman or perhaps for anyone with enough compassion.At its best, the book inspiring, moving, and evocative. It also gives an up close look at Lois Lane as she concludes she's a "bad feminist" as she comes to term with the choices in her life that have left her in Superman's shadow. We have a Perry White story that doesn't work quite well and seems to detract ever so slightly from the tone of the book while still working in a few humorous moments particularly when Perry acknowledges he could get fired from the Planet and he determines to start his own "blob" if that happens.While this type of story couldn't go on forever, it was something wonderful while it lasted, it's an amazing story for its time and a must for everyone who loves to see the warm heart of Superman.

  • Emmett Spain
    2019-04-08 15:46

    This is the Superman story I’ve been waiting for.After enduring the New Krypton saga (which certainly had its moments), I was left with a crushing understanding: none of the stories present were really about Superman. They were stories with Superman in them, sure, but essentially they were stories about everyone else and their struggles, and whilst Superman had to face down and endure his own struggles, the stories seemed to revolve around the poor guy getting punched in the head far too much (a direct result of writers trying to downplay Superman’s powers in an effort to inject a greater sense of peril into the plot). But the greater problem was that the stories didn’t say anything much about the character himself outside of “He is a bit torn about his home.”But now, we finally have a story that is ABOUT Superman. Every page is a display of who Superman is, and what he can truly do (outside of bench pressing planets). We see his goodness on display, the ways in which he challenges others to make the world better, and how he reacts to a world that has become somewhat distrusting of him. We see him connecting with the world again, with us, and we witness him talk a woman out of suicide. That episode alone is one of the most moving passages in any Superman story ever told (running very close to a similar scene in Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s “All Star Superman”).There are moments of battle, but ultimately those moments are beside the point. It’s the aftermath we get a sense of—the effect Superman has on the world, both positive and negative, in the detail of our everyday lives rather than on a cosmic scale. It’s a story about goodness, hope, and hopefulness. It’s a story about fears and insecurities, about relationships with loved ones, friends, and one’s own relationship to the world.In short, this is one of the best collections of Superman stories ever put together.My deepest wish is that part two of this brilliant story does not lose the momentum that part one has built.

  • Blindzider
    2019-03-31 11:44

    I really enjoyed the first half of this. Superman basically decides to walk across America in order to get a better understanding first hand of the problems facing regular Americans. He tackles some drugs in a neighborhood and more eye-opening, a suicide attempt. This approach really represented JMS' typical "grounding" of superheroes. He always has a way to write them as if they were real, in today's world, and have characters talk, and react, and ask questions like real people would. I quite enjoyed the first half.There are two interlude issues, one about Lois, which was halfway decent, the second about Perry white, which was slightly less. One other issue with Superman really felt like an after-school special though, dealing with domestic violence. While obviously an important topic, it unfolds pretty much like you would expect, and to top it off, Supes delivers a legitimate but cliched message to you, the viewer/reader, practically breaking the fourth wall. Kinda soured me being so blunt.I still like the concept and have one more Volume to go. Also, note that this happens right after "New Krypton". I've heard of it but never read. There is a mention of it but doesn't play a major part here...yet.

  • Kyle
    2019-03-19 15:44

    Horrible. It read like a highschool kid was writing a Superman story about the importance of staying in school, not doing drugs, and not bullying. No style. No finesse. Terrible artwork (the absolute worst version of a Louis Lane I have ever seen). Nothing significant happens in this volume that relates to the universe it is set in, so you won't miss anything if you skip over it. Cliche after cliche after cliche. I think this goes down as one of the worst comics I have ever read.You know why Superman isn't the everyman? because he is SUPERman. Many a facepalm during this read. Tedious. 1/5

  • Paul
    2019-03-29 10:41

    Superman's desire to connect to humanity is a double-edged sword. It is his strength and potentially his weakness. This volume touches upon that duality as he seeks to "get his head on straight" after the events of New Krypton and War of the Supermen. The cross country walk reminds him of the crucial balance needed between persuasion and action, diplomacy and fighting.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-26 15:35

    It looks like I'm in the minority again but I thought it was really powerful.. Superman doubting his power and his purpose.. a different take on the Man of Steel.

  • Zachary King
    2019-04-12 12:35

    Mopey take on Superman. I get what JMS was trying to do by giving a grounded take on the Man of Steel, but it's pretty joyless and lacks the moral clarity of the character. G Willow Wilson turns up for interlude issues that don't do much for Lois but do a nice job with Perry.

  • Tony
    2019-04-05 13:19

    Most people are complaining about this story to me was good enought. Maybe because I have not read any Superman story in a long time and I don't know the good ones. If anyone can suggest me good Superman stories I would be glad.

  • Cara
    2019-03-24 11:26

    I really enjoyed this one. A lot. Less action, more psychology and emotion.

  • Ottery StCatchpole
    2019-03-22 14:44

    I would like to begin by saying that I'm a fan of Mr. Straczynski, if not his opinions on Alan Moore's position on Before Watchmen. That said, I have to say I liked this book but I wanted to love it. I think the realization came to me half way through the trade that this was not an adventure story but rather a long philosophical meandering story about character and a kind of study about what makes Superman, the iconic figure that he is. All of which is lovely, but at the same time it is a glaring example of what the devil is wrong with comic books today. As a case in point, allow me to bring back Watchmen as an example. Superman was created by Siegel and Shuster last century to amuse and entertain a young audience. Superman is an action character, a hero, the personification of the American dream, to spread democracy and truth and justice and to show that the little guy, the underdog has a hero in the world. Essentially everything that Grant Morrison has captured so well in All-Star Superman (which I highly recommend) and the new Action Comics book he is writing. Watchmen on the other hand was created as thinly veiled versions of Charlton characters, again other superhero characters created pretty much in the same vein as Superman for a young audience or at the very least one seeking thrills and superhero adventures and not long deep philosophical dissections of supreheroic archetypes. That last one is what Watchmen is all about. One of the many things its all about. (And I highly recommend this book too, and anything by Alan Moore.) So while I found the stories in the Superman book highly enjoyable for me, and interesting, they read like a comic book essay on what makes Superman, Superman. Where All-Star Superman, while subtly doing the same thing, presented ridiculously over the top, awesome adventures full of action and heart and heartbreak, this book reads like a dry essay on Superman, the character. Watchmen is what all comic book writers nowadays aspire to be. And this is both a boon and a burden, though lately and where superhero comic books are concerned more a burden. A Superman book should not read like a comic book essay, it should first and foremost entertain a wide audience, like a Pixar film. It should contain a solid story and characters, have something for the adults and something for the children. While Superman Grounded easily has something for adults interested in character dissection and the philosophies behind Superman and American politics it holds very little for anyone else. Which is likely why I have come across a lot of people disparaging the book as being nothing but a story about Superman taking a walk. It is more than that, but clearly for people not interested in a Superman essay, its nothing more than that. No big villains rear their ugly heads, we tread familiar territory with the whole, 'if you can't save everyone, why save anyone' dilemma and it isn't presented in a new or interesting way. Mr. Straczynski failed here miserably. His love of Superman doesn't really show, not as clearly as in the essay I read about how big a fan he was of Superman. Perhaps if he had let shine more of his childlike wonder, and given freer rein to the notion of superheroes as what they are, idealized versions of our better selves, then maybe the stories would not have been so wooden and trite. Perhaps he was already working on Before Watchmen and he got the bug to explore the books in a similar light. In any event, while I don't consider the book a complete fail, I will not recommend it to anyone who does not love Superman completely, or is interested in introspective self-analyzing superheroes. That said, my advice to any up and coming comic book writers, if you're handling a superhero book don't be ashamed to realize that they're just adult versions of our childhood dreams brave enough to wear their underwear on the outside.

  • Nicholas
    2019-04-19 15:31

    Thank god for J. Michael Straczynski. After the New Krypton debacle, I'd just about given up on the main storyline, but Grounded restores my faith. After spending much time away from Earth trying to get his new planet up and running, Superman returns to a humanity that questions his loyalty, his motives and whether or not they need a super-powered man with a target on his back roaming their cities and coddling their children. To make amends and to ground himself again, Superman takes a walk. But saying Superman takes a walk is like saying Forest Gump went out for a run. Crossing the American heartland, Clark tries to reconnect with the everyday struggles of the average American. His odyssey is as much philosophical as practical and it's in these areas that JMS's writing shines. The reason we love Clark so much is because for the most powerful man in the universe, no task is too small. There is nothing beneath him. Cleaning store rooms, playing basketball with kids in the inner-city, talking a suicidal girl off the edge of a building for twelve hours - it's all as important as saving a galaxy to him. It's at this point that more practical minds protest, "But you have a responsibility to see the bigger picture!" In fact, Clark's debate with the Grayson Batman is one of the highlights of the unanswerable debate: what makes someone heroic? And more importantly: with finite resources, like time, in Clark's case, what are his priorities. This is no easy question to answer. Saving a galaxy might in the short run save billions of lives. Saving an individual could have the same effect down the road. In the long-run, Superman does the greatest good for the greatest number of people by serving as an inspiration. By taking the time to save a child from an abusive father, he inspires others to do the same and thus affects millions of lives with the acts that are physically the easiest, but morally the most challenging. At every juncture, he must realize that the fate of millions of more lives are at stake, but he chooses anyway, and lives with the consequences. It's an incredibly lonely place to be and JMS captures it all rather perfectly. Too bad in the New 52, this sequence of events never happened.

  • Luke
    2019-04-13 12:35

    Originally posted at Grounded follows the events of the New Krypton story-arc and is set in the days following the devastating 100 minute war depicted in War of the Supermen.Having returned once again to Earth, Superman finds that the general public is a little wary of him, even distrustful, given what they’ve seen of Kryptonians over the past few days…one could hardly blame them.During a press conference Superman is approached by a distraught woman who slaps him across the face in front of the press. She knows it won’t hurt him, but she just wanted him to feel a little of her pain.It turns out that her husband had been diagnosed with an inoperable tumour and his only hope was Superman’s X-ray vision and Heat vision. Desperate to try anything to save his life she tried and tried in vain to contact Superman, but was told he was away “doing something important”The widow’s plight touches Superman and makes him think about his place in the world. After looking down at the world from the Justice League Watchtower and after talking to the Flash, Superman realises that he’s lost touch with the everyday men and women of the Earth.So lands and just starts walking across the United States.Grounded is a beautiful piece of storytelling. It’s fantastic to see the Man of Steel behaving so humbly, whether it be just sitting and talking with a woman contemplating suicide, helping a bullied teen get the admiration of his peers, keeping a man from harassing his ex girlfriend or even helping out a young boy caught in a domestic violence situation.There’s also an interlude from Lois Lane’s point of view that focuses on her and her relationship with Clark/Superman. It was a fantastic insight into her character, quite often Lois seems confident to the point of arrogance but this story really served to show her more vulnerable side.I’ll admit that I may be showing a touch of fanboy-ism here…Grounded is written by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of an amazing comic called Rising Stars. I’m a huge fan of his work and this book is no exception.Overall Grounded is an amazing and wonderful read. I highly recommend it!

  • Scott Lee
    2019-03-29 10:45

    I'm writing a single review here for both volumes of Straczynski's "Grounded" arc. I really enjoyed the story line here. I think it must be much easier to dive into the psyche's of the "tortured" heroes than it is with those who seem as well-adjusted as Superman, because we see this all the time with Batman/Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker/Spiderman, etc. and done with great effectiveness. However, one rarely sees any kind of real plumbing of psychological depths with Superman or Captain America. Apparently stability and solidity are boring--and they can be in poor hands. Also destabilizing these characters in a cheap way wouldn't work--it would also feel rigged. But Straczynski does something really cool in this story by having Superman focus on and interact with "everyday people." The stories do several things--they reinforce that we simultaneously are all "everyday" people and that no one is an "everyday" person. It reflects nicely on Superman's primary themes and goals, and even has some nice dual archetype conversations with Dick and Bruce as Batman that work nicely. Still, four stars because the ending felt a bit cheap. (view spoiler)[Of course Straczynski wasn't going to have Clark decide not to be Superman anymore. While clark's the type of character that could potentially walk away, unlike Bruce who would never, ever be able to, It just isn't going to happen. The major characters of the major comic companies have been proven immortal and immutable over and over again. So having Clark decide that Superman wasn't necessary felt a bit ridiculous because as a reader I knew that by the end he'd go back on it. I'm not sure how else to handle it, and I couldn't have done any better, but it pulled it from a five to a four. (hide spoiler)]

  • Danny
    2019-04-09 14:42

    I enjoy JMS as a writer. His work on Superman: Earth One made for some of the finest comics I've ever read. He is able to bring a sense of genuine emotion and real life scenarios in his writing in a way that develops the character instead of just showing off their powers and having quippy one liners. In this story superman is confronted by an irrational grief struck woman who is convinced that her husband would still be alive if only superman was not distracted by his work on New Krypton. Superman tries to shrug this off but eventually he has enough conviction to simply take a walk and reconnect with the common people. There are some amazing moments of deep story in these interactions. Like when Superman simply stays by the side of suicidal jumper all night long on the side of a high rise. Showing respect, not simply swooshing in and saving the day. And with an attempt to keep it interesting JMS adds elements where superman stumbles upon aliens, monsters and villains but these feel forced as if the editors had more of a say in that decision than JMS. There is also a strange interaction between batman and superman. Batman lectures Supes on this decision, that walking the streets and dealing with random crime is beneath him. But isn't that exactly the MO of Batman? Even superman points out the hypocrisy because Bruce's parents were killed in during a random robbery. However the ending sucks. Some internet, photoshopped picture scandal mostly centred on Perry White. I get the bringing in the real life but it feels like a distraction. I'd really give this book a 2.5 if I could. Too bad. It had potential.

  • Joel Griswell
    2019-04-06 16:21

    JMS again tackles the Man of Steel, though a far leap from "Earth One", this is back to classic Superman mode. He does in this narrative though, provide an interesting new twist to the legendary hero. As the title says, Superman is literally grounded here. Although I have not read all the arcs leading up to this point in the continuity, Superman has returned to Earth crestfallen after the loss of New Krypton, and the human citizens feel betrayed, so Supes decides to trek across America, by foot, to try to reconnect with the people he means to serve. Frankly I think this is a fantastic concept, and one that gives a lot of depth to the character, and I fully sympathized with his struggles, his earnest desire to reconnect on a personal level, and it is fascinating to see how those around him, the ordinary man and woman react to the presence of this supernatural being in their midst. The challenge will be for people to accept this book as perhaps an important episode in a character's life, and maybe not a finished novel in itself (though Vol. 2 might help that out), as in its current form, it makes for an odd read, without the usual larger narrative, overall lack of action, etc. However, as a thematic concept, I really admire this book and think it was handled relatively well.

  • Gavin
    2019-04-19 13:41

    I enjoyed this Superman book quite a bit, mainly because most of the Superman books I've read in the last year or so have been so over-the-top or otherworldly, you seem to forget that Superman was raised as Clark Kent, a Midwestern kid with 'wholesome values'. This seems to make Superman a 'Man of the People' who starts just walking across the US, running into daily life and regular people with average non-super problems. I felt way more interest in this Superman than the one who fights super-aliens and defies physics. The human connections in this story were rather moving, and Straczynski writes to great effect here.Also nice to see was the involvement of Flash very briefly, as well as the Dick Grayson Batman, who got into a very interesting philosophical debate about where 'Superheroes' belong and why they can or cannot exist amongst normal society because of the dangerous elements/people they attract. It's a sobering thought in the book, and is a good way to admit that perhaps the Superman of the People can't last forever, but it sure is a nice place to spend a few books. Probably one of the more human Superman books in a long time. Recommended for most, especially people who don't usually like Superman, but want to give it a shot.

  • Shaun
    2019-04-06 11:39

    This comic was an attempt by Straczynski, to reconnect Superman with the people of Earth after the War of the Supermen. I felt Straczynski was half way successful. Superman was able to help the disenfranchised in several cities on his walk through the US. I feel that some of the "lessons" he tried to impart did not make much sense. For example when he destroyed the stash of drugs from drug dealers, Superman left the message that they are no longer welcome "here." A young boy points out that they will just move on. Superman doesn't care, he is saying that people should look out for themselves and not worry about what is going on "over there." I feel a better metaphor should have been used. I was also disturbed by him getting mad at aliens because they are on Earth illegally and not contributing to society. For one thing Superman is not human and I felt he was not the best authority to get on another aliens case for coming to Earth in a time of need. Overall a decent read though that I enjoyed, I would not mind reading the second part.

  • Chris Aylott
    2019-03-29 12:40

    The first problem any Superman writer has to solve is, "How do you make the Big Blue Invulnerable Boy Scout interesting?" Fortunately, Straczynski is a life-long Superman fan and knows the answer to that question: tell the stories about the man, not the Super. His short run on the title brings Superman down to Earth in the most literal way possible, sending him on a walk across the country that echoes Denny O'Neil and William Least Heat Moon.I don't read a lot of Superman, but this is the kind of take of him like best: small-scale stories built around characters, with a few clever power uses along the way. There's a build-up to a larger story -- which is the least interesting part of the book and doesn't really pay off in the second volume -- but most of the book works as a series of standalone tales. Given modern comics' lean towards BIG WORLD-BUSTING STORYLINES, I found the whole thing a nice, restful change of pace.

  • Hilary
    2019-04-02 13:26

    I don't really read graphic novels but my husband said I had to read this one, so remember that I'm more used to reading books with far more words than pictures as you read this review...The story seemed very bitty. It jumped around a lot, and didn't seem to have much tying things together except for the same pictures of Superman looking at that photo as a sort of chapter break. Batman and The Flash make brief and random appearances but again aren't really tied in.It's almost like reading a short story anthology but the stories are outlines and the editor hasn't gotten to them yet. And then discovering that half the last story is in the next book.Discovering that this was Vol I was annoying. I didn't notice it until I looked at the spine (after I finished it, thinking what a weird way to keep the readers hanging) and saw the 1 there. Would've been nice to have that prominently on the displayed part of the cover too.

  • Carl
    2019-04-02 15:26

    I should've read a more action packed Superman story right before I read this one. However, I liked it and it showed Superman really dealing with the common man. There were a couple of cool lines like:Superman (speaking on a situation that he resolved): All it needed.. all it really needed -- was someone, anyone, with a pair of eyes, a voice, a phone -- and ten cents' worth of compassion. And,Lois (when speaking about Superman just coming from another situation): You could've defended yourself, could've pointed out the obvious, like how many weapons you've taken away, how many people you've saved. But you're not sure they're wrong, are you?It was a little slow-paced for me but it was still good. I would've given it a five if I had read a more exciting Superman graphic novel before this one.

  • Sean Kottke
    2019-04-10 15:39

    A much-reviled storyline that I nevertheless enjoyed, this one returns Superman to the populist defender of the downtrodden that he started as in 1938 and sometimes loses sight of in the more cosmic conflicts in which he's called to serve. The stories explore his limitations and how ordinary people react to them. When gods walk among us, why do bad things happen to good people? What are our responsibilities to maintain truth and justice in such a world? These are eternal questions, which I enjoyed exploring within the context of a superhero story, as Superman's interactions with Americans on his journey get to the heart of Christian ethics. The interludes are the only parts that don't quite fit with the overall flow of the story, but maybe this will be resolved in Volume 2.

  • Victor Orozco
    2019-04-06 13:34

    After the events of New Krypton and the war on Earth, reading this story was a very hopeful look into what makes Superman a man. He does kick butt and fight monsters and aliens but in this story he goes out of his way to help people.He does it for himself, but also for the others. Because other than their saving their physical lives I do believe Superman should be there to lead people to better their lives. Becoming the light to show the way.This story reminds me of the charity of George Reeves, Christopher Reeve(especially him) or Dean Cain during and after their time playing Superman showing that is what it means to be Superman. Its good to know the comic version was taking his time to be that man again. A-

  • Keith
    2019-04-13 11:44

    I have to be honest- I don't care for Superman. He was always too powerful for my liking. I found it hard to pull for the guy who could do just about everything. In Grounded we find Supes not being so super. After a bad stretch Superman decides to stop flying and walk like an average guy, connectinvg with his fellow citizens. He saves some and enlightens some people along the way making him seem less out of touch.In all of his superness you forget that dudes married.Lois is there for him like Mary Jane used to be for Spidey. I always liked characters who have to save the world and take out the trash and keep the Mrs happy in all aspects. She's not Mary Jane but Lois Lane makes Superman seem more real also.

  • Jacob
    2019-04-08 15:32

    Public library copy.On paper written as anything but a comic book, it may have seemed like a good idea. However, as far as comic books go the story and execution aren't very interesting. There just wasn't a good enough reason to have a powered Superman walk the earth.Upon reading the book I learned JMS didn't write every chapter of this book as G. Willow Wilson wrote 2 chapters/issues. Sadly the results were even worse than his sedate efforts with strong emphasis on soap opera and no Superman. And to no surprise of anyone who has read Wilson's work before, one of the central characters wasn't part of the Superman ensemble. Instead, he's (surprise!) a man of middle-eastern descent.