Superman #51

Superman #51

Event\Storyline: The Final Days of Superman Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 15
8.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Its the start of a new chapter in the Man of Steels life that will change everything you know as the epic eight-part Super League, all written by Peter J. Tomasi, spans BATMAN/SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN and ACTION COMICS in April and May!His time without powers made Kal-El realize that the world is in need of more protectors...more super-powered beings like himself. But where will he find such beings?

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 8, 2016

    Kudos for Tomasi and Janin for showing us why Superman is been the hero he has been these 75 years. How he is selfless. How he wants to help. How he is really a regular guy with incredible power who wants to help. I haven't been this happy about a Superman issue in a long time. I think I'll savor this one for a while. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Wednesday Comics - Garrett Walz Apr 20, 2016

    I wish Tomasi and Janin would do their own run on Superman because the Superman I have been waiting for 50 issues has finally shown up just before he lives his "final days." Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 6, 2016

    Superman #51 is great in large part because it makes Superman feel human, somber and alive. His scenes with Lana and Lois will remind you Superman's greatest strength is his heart. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Apr 6, 2016

    The art alone makes Superman #51 a brilliant book, but juxtaposed with recent developments surrounding the original orphan from Krypton, the work Tomasi and Janin deliver is even more impressive, especially as it reminds readers of both the “super” and the “man” while checking in on all things that are important to the Man of Steel. Despite not showcasing an epic battle with a fitting foe, Superman #51 brings almost everything I'd like to see in a Superman comic. Knowing that Tomasi will be writing Superman's adventures post-Rebirth, it looks like the “S” just might stand for hope once again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Apr 6, 2016

    Based on the perfect characterization of its title hero alone I can recommend Superman #51 to any Superman fan. Visually, Mikel Janin also brings a great livelihood to this book to accompany its human hero. I now am very hopeful for Superman’s future and what Peter J. Tomasi will bring to the book come June! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Phil Casey Apr 7, 2016

    If you are looking to start reading SUPERMAN books for the first time, or are planning on doing so. This is a good start. This book is nothing but set up. New writer, new artist, and Tomasi is going to be one of the driving forces leading to Rebirth. It is too soon to speak of anything substantial as it is the first issue of an eight issue arc, but it's the start of a promising journey. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Apr 6, 2016

    This was a tough one for me to score. There's not a ton of stuff here, but as they say, sometimes less is more. In one sense, it's the expected set-up installment of a much larger story, but after considering this story a few times, I don't think it depends too heavily on what's coming next.Superman #51 is an entertaining, sweet book all on its own, and while I'm anxious to find out what this is all leading to, I'm looking forward to reading this a few more times over the next week and savoring the simple, heartwarming goodness that Tomasi and Janin have crafted. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 6, 2016

    While this issue of Superman mostly offers us a ton of heart, it also adds a few items to add to the mystery of this new arc and man, that was enough because after dealing with the Truth/Savage Dawn for so long, I was just happy as hell to get that heart back.  If having a Superman back who truly inspires hope wasn't enough for you, we also have Mikel Janin on art this issue and this is one of the best looking issues of Superman I've seen.   Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Apr 12, 2016

    There is something frightening about a pause. I don't mean a momentary hesitation or even a true time of rest, but rather the sudden silence and stillness of a hurricane's eye, or of a graveyard. That is probably what is most eerie about a cemetery, the silence and emptiness. Well, that and the reminder of mortality that it represents. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Apr 7, 2016

    Charged with the duty to shepherd Superman through the transition into Rebirth, Peter J. Tomasi provided a promising start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 7, 2016

    With new super-powered beings popping up and a Chinese hacker trying to gain access to Superman's Fortress of Solitude, there's a fair amount of story still to come, even as Superman continues to deal with the fact he's not long for this world. Tomasi and Janin have found just the right balance for this opening chapter, mixing that heartfelt drama with threads of adventure. If the remaining installments can keep this up, it'll be a strong note for the New 52 Superman to go out on. So far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Apr 7, 2016

    All in all, this was a great piece of setup to a crossover that looks to be equal parts heartbreaking and "holy sh!t." Be sure to come back next week when the story continues in the pages of Batman/Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Apr 8, 2016

    Superman #51 is easily one of the stronger issues the series has delivered over the last couple of years, with the creative team promising a solid climax to the character's time in The New 52 era. Giving us a shocking, yet inviting premise, there is more than enough to leave readers returning for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Apr 6, 2016

    Lucky for us Tomasi was able to humanize a dying alien, but how many times does Superman have to die in the near 80 years of his run? Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    PopOptiq - Matthew Petras Apr 7, 2016

    It's well-crafted and drawn beautifully, and after Batman v. Superman showed a Superman actually annoyed by the expectation to help people, a reminder of All-Star isn't exactly the worst sin a Superman comic could commit. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 7, 2016

    Peter Tomasi and Mikel Janin show some great characterization in the pages of Superman #51, but the big downside to this new creative team is that the Man of Steel hasn't had a second to breathe before his status quo has been overturned yet again. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Levi Hunt Apr 7, 2016

    Overall, this is a fairly slight issue with too many mysterious cutaways, but the premise and Lana scenes alone are enough to make this a compelling issue. Read Full Review

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