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Steelworks #3 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


Natasha Irons may have solved the mystery of the strange intruder at Steelworks Tower…but will she live to tell the tale? The Silver Mist’s plan to sabotage Steel’s technology takes a twisted new turn, and murder is in the air! Meanwhile, John Henry’s bold vision for Metropolis has driven a wedge between him and the Super-Family, all on the eve of Metropolis’s biggest celebration: Centennial Day.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
22 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Dorn continues to craft an exciting and engaging story in this series. This issue has some great action and the mystery continues to be compelling. I love the interplay between John and Superman as well as how both teams work together. The villains continue to be interesting as well and John’s new invention is sure to create some interesting conflict. The conflict with Lana is also great and I look forward to seeing how things progress.

    The Art: Basri and Cifuentes deliver some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. I love the visual style and how it takes advantage of the lighter tone of Metropolis.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Steelworks #3 is another strong issue that’s not afraid to tackle complex themes. Dorn’s writing gives short shrift to one very compelling issue. But overall this is a minor criticism and doesn’t change the fact that the series is something you should be reading.

  • 87

    Superman Homepage

    This marks a remarkable improvement over the first two issues. And it creates done very interesting drama to mine going forward. With both Natasha and Lana having major changes to their bodies. The issue succeeds because it creates personal stakes for John and allows for interactions with his supporting cast. Allowing him to have an important conversation with Lana marks an important step in this series. John needs more of a supporting cast of his own beyond Natasha, adapting Lana for that purpose is a great way to build on her recent character development.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This series has been an interesting combination of superhero action and corporate espionage, and the latter is actually far stronger so far. That’s not new for this character—John Henry Irons’ links to the corporate world and his battle to atone for his past actions as a weapons designer has always been one of the most intriguing parts of the character. While the villain, a rival industrialist, is a fine plot device, this issue is at its best when it’s focusing on the implications of Irons’ quest to revolutionize Metropolis’ infrastructure. The interactions between him and Superman nicely call back to the days after Steel first arrived on the scene, and this series is also building well on Lana Lang’s character—it’s been so long since she had a focus, and it seems like this series is going for some deep-cut callbacks. The superhero plot is a little standard, but this series is building on its more original plot threads in some fascinating ways.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I find this book a very interesting read. It is dense and heady. But Dorn knows he needs to put action in the story to keep it moving. It’s working.

    The art is again mixed by Sami Basri and Vicente Cifuentes. There is a polished feel to the pages. They certainly know their way around the super-family.

  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Steelworks isn’t up for shattering continuity with some shocking upheavals to John Henry or his alter ego. With Dorn navigating the super guest stars and crafting a compelling villain that works wonderfully in the context of a limited series, Steelworks has proven to be a welcome and satisfying read for fans of John Henry.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Steelworks #3 is a perfectly fine comic that unveils John Henry Irons’s world-changing invention and drops plenty of seeds for what’s to come. The art team delivers excellent work, and Michael Dorn’s writing is solid.

  • 60

    Dorn, Basri, and Cifuentes add another solid issue to Steelworks, introducing some major new concepts to John Henry Irons’ new world, but becoming a tad too top heavy in the process. Much like the previous two issues of this mini-series, there are some amazingly interesting concepts here such as Irons conversation with Superman and Natasha becoming a bit too close to her armor. As mentioned in my previous reviews, the villains of this piece simply don’t have a lot going for them and in cast that involves quite a few “Supers” there are a lot of moving pieces to take into account. Steelworks feels like a worthy return to John Henry Irons and re-invigorates his place in Metropolis, it could have just used some fine tuning to get rid of some of the chinks in its armor.

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