Total Nerd The Best Superman Storylines, Ranked  

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List Rules The greatest Superman comic book story arcs and storylines.

Truth, justice, and the American way does not even begin to define Superman. The character has seen the growth of the nation and every phase of comic books. The Man of Steel is no longer defined by the aforementioned triumvirate, but instead by the list of the greatest stories published about him. Ranker Comics has gathered the most action-packed, thought provoking, and powerful Superman stories ever told in comics.

Is Superman the most iconic superhero? Is the character too powerful for your taste? Is he he just too old fashioned? Superman has been many things over the year's and this list explores the most important avenues the character has taken over his many decades of publication. Vote on the list that includes the original superhero's most emotional moments and his trippiest explorations of the nature of comics.

The Man of Steel may bend but he never breaks- it's why the character has been able to endure over 75 years of existence!  We want to know which story you think defines The Man of Tomorrow! Make sure you vote on the list and tell us what you think are the most important Superman story ever published!
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Kingdom Come


Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Superman Storylines, Ranked
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Kingdom Come, while being a story about DC Universe on the whole, is the perfect demonstration of what Superman means to the public and how truth and justice had fallen out of popularity.

The story takes place in a future where the heroes of yesteryear have retired and a more reckless breed have taken their place. Mark Waid and Alex Ross created Kingdom Come at a time when the antihero reigned supreme, violence and brutality were selling points, and even the most colorful of heroes were getting grittier. The Modern Age of comics had overstayed its welcome and, with Kingdom Come, the creators were able to demonstrate the power these original heroes had, especially Superman, and how what they stood for was truly awe-inspiring.
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All-Star Superman


All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superman Storylines, Ranked
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All-Star Superman is a love letter to the Golden Age of Superman comics and acts as Grant Morrison's masterwork with the character. The long gestating All-Star Superman stands outside of typical continuity or modern interpretations of the character and displays a Superman that is a sum of all his experiences and stories. 

The story follows Superman who is slowly dying due to the manifestation of a new power as he completes his last will and testament. It's more than the story of a superhero but instead transcends the character to that of an all-conscious god. This is a must read for all comic book fans.
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For the Man Who Has Everything


For the Man Who Has Everything is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superman Storylines, Ranked
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...the answer isn't a plant called the Black Mercy.

For the Man Who has Everything was drawn by Dave Gibbons and written by Alan Moore, the same artists responsible for Watchmen the following year. It tells the story of a Superman who has to lose his heart's desires in order to save his friends. 

It was in Superman Annual #11 when Mongul appears and attaches the parasitic plant to the hero's chest, which induces a coma and dreams of the victims heart's desires. In his mind, Superman lives a life of a political figure with his father and is married with a son, Van-El. The loss of Van-El and Krypton causes Superman to give into his rage on the villainous Mongul in what is one of the best Superman throw-downs in history. 
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Superman: Brainiac


Superman: Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superman Storylines, Ranked
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Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring back beloved elements of the Silver Age with Superman: Brainiac. Taking place in Action Comics #866 through 870, this story successfully brings back some of the sillier elements of Superman's Silver Age stories (such as the Bottled City of Kandor) and also introduces Kal-El to elements of Kryptonian society that are in conflict with how the Kents raised him. The story arc is able to combine a refined, modern storytelling practice with core elements of Superman's histoy that had fallen out of favor. 

The story's penultimate issue was recalled after the cover depicted Clark and his Father sharing a beer. The newly edited cover was changed to Clark drinking a soda instead. 
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