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Superman '78: The Metal Curtain #1 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

When the planet Krypton exploded, its last son was rocketed across the cosmos and came to settle in a small town in Kansas. But what else came with him, and what if a piece of his home landed somewhere we never knew about? As Superman has become a symbol of strength and pride for America, the Soviet Union looks to crush that image with a creation of their own, built by their own might and forged by their own power! Robert Venditti returns to the Man of Steel with new artist Gavin Guidry!

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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    First Comics News

    This series brings us another wonderful sequel to the Richard Donner film that once again captures the spirit and tone that made us believe a man can fly. The issue opens up with a chunk of Kryptonite landing in the USSR where the Soviet Union decides they need their own champion to defeat Superman (“Rocky IV” vibes, anyone?!) and this is when Metallo comes into the picture (I really wish he was in his classic green and orange armor) that sees him in a new light and I have faith in Robert Venditti delivering the nostalgic factor with precision; I should also add that Gavin Guidry’s artwork looks very clean and sophisticated that it complements Venditt’s script that works better than Wilfredo Torres’ work. Those looking for good characterization and capturing lighting in a bottle will find this series another great read and the perfect reminder of why Christopher Reeve is the greatest Superman ever.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    A 1970s Soviet version of Metallo? Not exactly what I was expecting, but this actually feels like a story that could have played out in the movies. Very excited for this series’ next act.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    I wasn’t sure if we’d see another installment of Superman’78 so a sequel, which this intriguing a setup certainly will keep my attention through this run.

  • 85

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #1 is a great new addition to the Superman mythos within the Christopher Reeve movie universe. It gives us a fresh reimagining of the character of Metallo at connects it to historical world events happening around the time the Reeve movies were produced. There is an element of excitement as old characters, like Metallo, are introduced in a new way so it is less predictable than it would be if they had just stuck with his mainstream comic origin. Will Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor return once again? Will we see more new characters not previously seen in Reeve’s Superman universe?

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    This is what a first issue should do. I know the world. I know the main plot. I have some questions. I want more.

  • 82

    Zona Negativa

  • 80

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Venditti crafts an entertaining first issue that continues the world of the movie. It keeps the charm and tone of the films as it expands on the lore and the world of the characters. I like having the story craft new backstories for characters that feed into both the time the story takes place in and Superman lore. An enjoyable story with some great action and world building.

    The Art: Guidry delivers some great art in the issue. The visual style works perfectly with the tone and world of the story.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Superman ‘78: The Metal Curtain is off to a great start with issue #1. The introduction of Metallo is a departure from previous versions but it feels appropriate to this universe. The design feels like something that viewers would have seen in the films from the late 70s and 80s.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    The issue was a lot of fun and definitely makes you want to pick up the next. I’m glad we get another chance to visit this world again.

  • 78

    Graphic Policy

    Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #1 isn’t one to rush out and must read but there’s a charm and innocence about it that feels like a nice throwback in many ways. It’s the start of what feels like could be a fun next chapter in the classic film franchise taking what made that all work so well and building off into something more.

  • 75


    If you love nostalgia, Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain is going to be an easy purchase. The first issue is slow to get going, though, making me wonder if it’s a wait-for-trade paperback sort of read. That said, with the Daily Planet scene and great art, we’re clearly in good hands.

  • 63

    Major Spoilers

    It’s a fun first chapter to a classic Superman tale, with Lois investigating, Superman saving, Perry White shouting and some interesting likenesses, but little in the way of surprises.

  • 60

    Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain #1 upholds its promise to readers. Those seeking a sincere sequel to the work of Richard Donner will find characters, challenges, and a setting that recapture the successes of his films well. Yet just as with any long-running franchise, additional installments reveal that repetition doesn’t recreate the same success. There’s too little novel to be found in this new entry to differentiate it from what came before, which may show that what we fans already have is enough.

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