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Superman: Lost #3 (of 10)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

With the assistance of advanced technology from an unnamed planet, Superman begins his voyage home-only to discover that, even at fantastic rates of speed, Earth could still be several lifetimes away. However, hope arrives in the form of a familiar species allowing Superman to hitch a ride with them, but they encounter a grave threat to their existence on a mysterious planet along the way.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The first two issues of this series mostly set up the concept, sending Superman on a journey across space and time after an anomaly left him stranded billions of miles from home. First he was on a mission with the League, then he was encountering a mysterious civilization far from home—but now he’s truly alone for the first time. In deep space with only an AI guidance system for company, his frustration starts to boil over and the enormity of space starts to overwhelm him. That is, until the dolphins show up. The idea of space dolphins, the favorite species of bounty hunter Lobo, is one of the oddest and funniest subplots in DC Comics. Here, though, they’re actually played pretty straight—a species that can swim through space at phenomenal speeds, creating their own currents, may be the best chance Superman has to get home—at least, until they run into a mysterious barrier.

    As Clark investigates what’s stranded the dolphins in their tracks, he comes across a massive energy shield, leading to a planet with a mysterious guardian that takes on the shape of a sand colossus shaped like him. This is all spoiled on the cover, but it’s also given a pretty unique twist once we find out exactly what caused this strange planet to exist and why it’s stopping the dolphins. It’s a good example of how Superman solves problems with a combo of force when needed and compassion when possible. But this journey’s only begun, and while Lois only has one short segment this time at the beginning, Priest does a good job of showing her pain as she tries to help Superman with something she can’t possibly understand. It’s one of the most intriguing Superman stories in a long time, finding trauma in Superman experiencing something that only he could possibly survive.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Priest continues to craft a brilliant look at the character from a unique and engaging point of view. I continue to enjoy how Lois is putting together the pieces of the puzzle of Clark’s time away while the reader is shown the stress of the journey that Clark is taking. I continue to be invested in this story and the emotional moments within it.

    The Art: Pagulayan delivers some great art in the issue. The visual spectrum of the universe is both beautifully mysterious while also emphasizing the loneliness of its vastness.

  • 85


    Superman: Lost #3 presents quite a dilemma. Priest and Carlo Pagulayan take Superman and puts him in a place where his reputation can be a significant problem. Someone known for always being helpful will probably stop what they are doing and then go to someone else’s need, and that can usually lead to their problems amplifying, so no good deed goes unpunished. Carlo Pagulayan joins in on this situation and makes the most of giving us a Superman who is on an emotional roller coaster. Get ready to see Superman as an emotional wreck, and just how much of a toll this is taking on Lois Lane.


    Superman’s biggest problem in this issue is…being Superman! Priest, Carlo Pagulayan and company take being Superman to a level of helping and punishment that drives Superman on such an emotional journey for our entertainment. Get ready to see how lonely and cold the universe can be.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    Superman Lost has made for an intriguing, thoughtful Superman title that’s been engaging despite a lack of blockbuster style action. Co-plotter/scripter Writer Priest has a strong handle on Superman being hundreds of years away from Earth and no quick fix way to return to Lois, his son, family and friends.

    As daunting as the task seems, Priest gives Superman his typical unflappable resolve to figure out a way out of his challenging predicament. Not in a “everything is fine and I’ll be OK because I’m Superman” kind of way, but more of a dodged, needing to make the best of this bad situation mindset.

    Co-plotter/artist Carlo Pagulayan, with inker Jason Paz, keeps delivering amazing artwork with sensational details and dramatic perspectives. He’s got the freedom to do some very creative layouts and character designs making for a memorable Superman tale. Colorist Jeromy Cox brings a fantastic pop to the artwork with bold, striking colors especially with Superman’s specially designed white and yellow solar costume.

    This continues to be a very fun and intriguing read even when it’s not filled page to page with non-stop action.

  • 80

    Given the 20-year horizon at the heart of Superman: Lost’s premise, issue #3 does a remarkable job of framing just how long that journey is by clarifying the absolute immensity of space. Clark’s return journey takes him on another detour—this one making excellent use of the delightful Space Dolphins and providing a more satisfying conclusion than issue #2’s—as he struggles to map out the shortest course home. Narrative captions from his computer companion and application of some scientific knowledge makes the problem seem immense, even for Superman, and frames the journey to come with an earned sense of despair. Depictions of distant lights and sprawling darkness grow meaningful as the series addresses a sense of despair without undermining who Superman is. It’s a unique problem that challenges the iconic superhero in new and surprising ways, and Superman: Lost #3 lays out the daunting journey ahead alongside its potential consequences quite well.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Superman: Lost #3 is a weirdly beautiful and alien book with fantastic art, but Priest sets up a story that never goes anywhere or finishes. It’s as if the creative team said, “Let’s make it pretty, and we’ll worry about telling a story later.” At a $4.99 price point, with no backup, “telling a story later” isn’t good enough.

  • 50

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Christopher Priest continues to have Superman struggle to get back home. We learn in the issue he has been gone for about a year of his time. We know that he is gone for 20 years. So this issue is just a sliver of his time away. You might remember that Priest talked a lot about gravity and solar radiation in the prior issues. Here we talk a lot about time, distance, and the speed of light. I have to assume Dave Von Domeien PhD, given a special thanks credit, is helping Priest with the physics. I am reading this book for the Superman part and we get an okay Superman adventure here but with what feels like little stakes. Maybe I am just missing the point. Priest does plant some plot seeds.

    That said, Carlo Pagulayan is just killing it on art here. This is a trippy issue with space dolphins, crackling energy fields, a brief super-powered fight, and a slice of Lois life. It all looks gorgeous. The art definitely elevates the book.

  • 33

    Superman Homepage

    I don’t really know what I just read. Really. If I had to listen to that communicator ask him if he wants to go back to Kansas one more time I would have jumped into the book and smashed it. Thank you Superman for doing it for me. Now I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed but I’d like to think my comprehension is pretty good. Well it’s being tested. Must we have several pages about “What’s our speed?” “How much longer to Earth?” “How long to the next yellow sun?” etc? My head was spinning. But then it stopped because I started falling asleep. So much dialogue and nothing happens. He finds the dolphins. Decides to follow the dolphins. With a telepathic message he learns their parents are trapped by energy coming from a planet. He fights planet creatures. The dolphins fly off with his survival rig in tow. Oh let’s not forget Lois yelling at Clark. This book constantly gives us an angry Lois. Whether she’s angry about what happened to her husband or just being angry in general. Even under these circumstances she’s not likable. Maybe if they fleshed her out more. Gave her more than two pages. We don’t even get to see Clark in his current state. Just math and dolphins and annoying communicators. Wow!

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