Superman #4 - Critical Condition
([April] 2003)

DC, 2000 Series
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Volume
4
Price
14.95 USD; 24.95 CAD
Pages
196
On-sale Date
2003-02-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [bullet]
ISBN
1-56389-949-3 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
761941236520 00111; 9781563899492 51495
Editing
Bob Greenberger (Senior Editor - Collected Edition); Scott Nybakken (Associate Editor - Collected Edition); Eddie Berganza (Editor - Original Series); Maureen McTigue (Assistant Editor - Original Series); Tom Palmer, Jr. (Assistant Editor - Original Series)

Issue Notes

Though Tom Palmer, Jr. is credited on the item as assistant editor of the original series, he was not credited as such in those issues.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Duncan Rouleau
Inks
Marlo Alquiza
Colors
Tanya Horie; Richard Horie
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; Superboy [Kon-El]

Superman: Critical Condition (Table of Contents: 1)

Superman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Frontispiece consisting of small Superman shield and title.

Superman: Critical Condition (Table of Contents: 2)

Superman / credits, title page / 3 pages (report information)

Pencils
Duncan Rouleau
Inks
Marlo Alquiza
Colors
Tanya Horie; Richard Horie
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; Superboy [Kon-El]

Indexer Notes

Doublespread title page and publication data page. Title page uses same illustration as cover.

Cast of Characters (Table of Contents: 3)

Superman / character profile / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Pablo Raimondi (Superman, Lex Luthor & Batman); Doug Mahnke (Lois Lane, Supergirl & Deathstroke); Carlo Barberi (Superboy); Duncan Rouleau (Atom); ? (Steel & La Encantadora)
Inks
Jose Marzan, Jr. (Superman, Lex Luthor & Batman); Tom Nguyen (Lois Lane & Deathstroke); Juan Vlasco (Superboy); Danny Miki (Supergirl); Jaime Mendoza (Atom); ? (Steel & La Encantadora)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Lois Lane; Lex Luthor; Batman; Steel [John Henry Irons]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Deathstroke; La Encantadora

Pranked! (Table of Contents: 4)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
J. M. DeMatteis
Pencils
Mike McKone
Inks
Marlo Alquiza
Colors
Glenn Whitmore (colors); Wildstorm FX (separations)
Letters
Bill Oakley

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Jimmy Olsen; Ron Troupe; Lucy Lane; Adversary [Cary Richards]; Prankster [Oswald Loomis]; Lex Luthor
Synopsis
Superman's search for Lois is interrupted by the return of the Prankster and the arrival of a new villain calling himself Adversary. But Superman's biggest problem might be his health, as he is beginning to turn green.
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All Fall Down (Table of Contents: 5)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Schultz
Pencils
Pablo Raimondi
Inks
Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colors
Wildstorm FX (colors & separations)
Letters
Ken Lopez

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; John Henry Irons; Natasha Irons; Kelex; Lex Luthor; Hope; Mercy; Batman; Boris
Synopsis
Superman turns to Dr. Irons for help, but refuses to stay under his medical care, insisting instead on continuing his search for Lois. He heads for Luthor's office, but in his weakened state he is tossed out and lands at the feet of a friend.
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Metropolica (Table of Contents: 6)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Kelly
Pencils
Pascual Ferry
Inks
Alvaro Lopez
Colors
Tom McCraw (colors); Digital Chameleon (separations)
Letters
Comicraft

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Hope; Mercy; Lex Luthor; Jimmy Olsen; Bibbo Bibbowksi; Mr. Wilkins
Synopsis
On the orders of Lex Luthor, Hope and Mercy search Metropolis for Lois and maybe change their opinion of the value of personal connections.
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D.O.A. (Table of Contents: 7)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Kelly
Pencils
Cary Nord
Inks
Jason Baumgartner
Colors
Wildstorm FX
Letters
Comicraft

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman; Lois Lane; Mikalia "Mike" Shepard
Synopsis
Despite differences in methods, and Superman's insistence that he actively help in the search, Superman and Batman successfully follow the trail to Lois.
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Critical Condition, Part One: Little Big Man (Table of Contents: 8)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Jeph Loeb
Pencils
Duncan Rouleau
Inks
Jaime Mendoza
Colors
Tanya Horie; Richard Horie
Letters
Richard Starkings

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; Steel [John Henry Irons]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Dr. Sarah Charles; Dr. Kitty Faulkner; Prof. Bridgette Crosby; Lex Luthor; Mercy; The Prankster [Oswald Loomis; as Steel]
Synopsis
While Superman is under medical care, the Atom launches Supergirl, Superboy, and Steel on a fantastic voyage into Superman's body to destroy the kryptonite tumor identified as the cause of his illness. But very quickly, something goes very wrong and the micro-ship explodes.
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Critical Condition, Part Two of Four: Green Universe (Table of Contents: 9)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
J. M. DeMatteis
Pencils
Carlo Barberi
Inks
Juan Vlasco
Colors
Wildstorm FX
Letters
Bill Oakley

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; Steel [John Henry Irons]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; Dr. Sarah Charles; Dr. Kitty Faulkner; Deathstroke [Slade Wilson]; La Encantadora; The Prankster [Oswald Loomis; as Steel]; Jonathan Kent (cameo); Martha Kent (cameo); Pete Ross (cameo); Gen. Sam Lane (cameo); Lord Satanus (cameo); Jor-El (statue); Lara (statue)
Synopsis
While Superboy and Steel tackle the tumor, Supergirl taps into her ethereal powers to keep Superman alive, but finds her job is bigger than she thought. Elsewhere, La Encantadora -- on the run from Deathstroke -- turns to Lois for help.
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Critical Condition, Part Three of Four: Inside Superman (Table of Contents: 10)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Schultz
Pencils
Doug Mahnke
Inks
Tom Nguyen
Colors
Wildstorm FX (colors & separations)
Letters
Ken Lopez

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; Steel [John Henry Irons]; Natasha Irons; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Lois Lane; Deathstroke; La Encantadora; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; The Prankster [Oswald Loomis; as Steel]; Dr. Sarah Charles; Dr. Kitty Faulkner; Prof. Bridgette Crosby
Synopsis
Dr. Irons enters Superman and finds Superboy in time to save him from the impostor posing as Steel. Supergirl and Superboy head off to tackle the multiple tumors, while John Henry looks for the man in his armor. Meanwhile, La Encantadora and Lois arrive with the information necessary to save Superman, but Deathstroke is right on their tails.
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Critical Condition, Part Four: Death's Door (Table of Contents: 11)

Superman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Kelly
Pencils
Kano
Inks
Marlo Alquiza
Colors
Wildstorm FX
Letters
Comicraft

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman [Clark Kent; Kal-El]; Steel [John Henry Irons]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; The Atom [Ray Palmer]; Dr. Sarah Charles; Dr. Kitty Faulkner; Prof. Bridgette Crosby; Jimmy Olsen; Deathstroke; La Encantadora; The Prankster [Oswald Loomis; as Steel]
Synopsis
While Superboy takes care of the nanobot causing the tumors, the rest of the heroes get Superman's heart started and save Lois' life.
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[Cover Gallery] (Table of Contents: 12)

Superman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 7 pages (report information)

Pencils
Mike McKone; Doug Mahnke; Ian Churchill
Inks
Marlo Alquiza; Tom Nguyen; Norm Rapmund; Cam Smith; Danny Miki; Mark Schultz; Doug Mahnke
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Superman; The Prankster [Oswald Loomis; as Steel] (also as jack-in-the-box); Batman; Supergirl [Matrix; Linda Danvers]; Superboy [Kon-El]; Deathstroke; Steel [John Henry Irons]
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Indexer Notes

Does not include the cover from Superman Metropolis Secret Files (DC, 2000 series) #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Superman
  2. 1. Superman: Critical Condition
    Superman
  3. 2. Superman: Critical Condition
    Superman
  4. 3. Cast of Characters
    Superman
  5. 4. Pranked!
    Superman
  6. 5. All Fall Down
    Superman
  7. 6. Metropolica
    Superman
  8. 7. D.O.A.
    Superman
  9. 8. Critical Condition, Part One: Little Big Man
    Superman
  10. 9. Critical Condition, Part Two of Four: Green Universe
    Superman
  11. 10. Critical Condition, Part Three of Four: Inside Superman
    Superman
  12. 11. Critical Condition, Part Four: Death's Door
    Superman
  13. 12. [Cover Gallery]
    Superman
  14. 13. ["Lois Lane...Missing!"]
    Superman
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