Publisher: DC Comics
Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Script: Peter J. Tomasi
Art: Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jorge Jimenez, Mick Gray,
Release Date: 4th January 2017
For the most part, DC’s Rebirth program has been a resounding success, breathing new life into characters that the New 52 bungled, or just fine-tuning the ones they got right, but there’s no character who’s being better served than Superman.
Dan Jurgens is doing a great job with the big picture over in Action Comics, but the real good stuff is happening right here in Superman.
Anyone who read their outstanding run on Batman And Robin won’t be surprised to hear Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are knocking it out the park yet again, but even by those standards, this is something really special.
This first collection takes in the Rebirth special and the first 6 issues of what is becoming one of (and I don’t say this lightly) the greatest runs Superman has ever had.
The Superman of the New 52 has died, but the original Superman is still around to fill the void. Older, more confident and experienced…and married to his version of Lois with a ten year-old son, Jonathan. It’s an absolute game-changer and allows us to see a side to Clark that’s completely new.
Tomasi and Gleason bring so much to the father/son relationship it’s really an absolute joy to watch unfold. Little tiny details just add so much, enhancing the big moments, such as Superman waiting for Jonathan to confess his nascent powers have fried the family cat. Things like that hit just as much as epic scenes of the pair fighting The Eradicator, who’s initially-friendly appearance goes predictably south and forms the main arc covered in this first trade.
As well as co-plotting duties, Gleason is as stellar as ever on art duties here. His take on Superman is beautifully iconic but tangible at the same time. He’s a god when the story demands it, but a dad when that’s needed too, often on the same page.
There’s no drop in quality when Gleason isn’t around either, because the immense Doug Mahnke is there to pick up the strain. He’s a perfect replacement too, pulling the same magic combination of eye-popping super-heroics and down to earth family dynamics with total ease.
This is absolutely top-drawer stuff from cover to cover and despite fully deserving it’s five-star review, actually gets even better after these issues.
If you have even the slightest interest in Superman, you need this on your shelf, but even if you don’t, try it anyway. It’s a modern classic in the making.
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The Writer of this piece was: Jules Boyle
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