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New Superman #1

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 37 User Reviews: 43
7.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

"MADE IN CHINA" Chapter One: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of The Final Days of Superman, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and on-the-rise art star Victor Bogdanovic introduce readers to Kong Kenan-the New Super-Man! When the world needed a new hero, China made him!

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 16, 2016

    I'm excited for the future of New Super-Man. DC needs to allow this new character to establish himself on his own before throwing him into any crossovers and/or events, so I hope they allow him to stand on his own for a while. So far, it seems as though he can and I'm excited for what is in store next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jul 17, 2016

    Gene Luen Yang effectively blends the unique with the established in this highly original debut. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 13, 2016

    There's a welcome newness here that left me wanting to know more about everything. From the rise of the American-style super villains, China's efforts to increase its superhero population and how Super-Man fits into the equation. This was a book I had little interest in when it was announced, but will now be one I'm eagerly anticipating the next issue each month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 13, 2016

    New Super-Man is one of, if not the best DC Rebirth title I've read. As I said on this week's podcast, I want to support the hell out of this book so that I can continue reading it for years to come. Yang and the rest of the creative team have delivered the first truly different first issue from "Rebirth" and that alone had me excited. This issue gave me hope that with Rebirth, DC can go back to being DC and not worry so much what the rest of the industry is doing. Be DC, just like Kenan is going to be Super-Man. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jul 15, 2016

    New Super-man may be a bit of a knock off of the original Man of Steel, but it's also way better than anything that's going on with the real Superman right now. Hell, it might even be the best Rebirth book so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 13, 2016

    After experiencing complete and utter disinterest in the whole DC Comics Rebirth concept behind New Super-Man #1 when it was announced, I am now totally hooked. Bring on the Chinese Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Brendan Hughes Dec 21, 2016

    New Super-Man #1 shows how far comic books have come. They are a global medium that may be enjoyed by all. It is great to see DC branch out and join this globalization trend; however, they trail behind Marvel who has been using this fast-growing market for a decade now with different characters (i.e. Big Hero 6) and anime series. Suffice it to say, with the New Super-Man #1, from Smallville, Kansas to Shanghai it is nice to see the world join together and enjoy a shared medium. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Lauren Bullock Jul 14, 2016

    Based on this first issue the series could easily go the way of Marvel's new generation of Asian representation like the Totally Awesome Hulk Amadeus Cho, or it could end up like early issues of Cindy Moon aka Silk. We've also seen time and time again how "new" versions of Superman quickly dip in popularity, such as Steel, Cyborg Superman, and the Eradicator, just to name a few. It will be up to Yang to keep Kenan's identity fresh and uniquely his rather than merely a carbon copy who happens to be Chinese. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Robert Reed Jul 13, 2016

    Thanks to both Gene Luan Yang's writing and the artwork by Viktor Bogdonovic, Richard Friend, and Hi-Fi,New Super-Man #1 succeeds inits debut outing. Kenan Kong is an engaging protagonist whose motivation has driven him to bad behavior, and reading his growth is going to be fascinating. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jul 15, 2016

    A very nice introduction, featuring strong artwork, characters, and plenty of room to grow both the story and individuals within it. I look forward to seeing where the story goes and how Kenan grows. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 13, 2016

    Yang and Bogdanovic deliver a very accessible book here for new and old readers alike and it has a familiar concept that's executed perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 19, 2016

    This did what a true origin issue should do. It introduced me to the character and got me interested. So I guess I am in for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 13, 2016

    If I'm right and Yang is in fact exploring Shanzhai with this series (or at least the opening arc), this is a comic that's an absolute must read and could be one the most fascinating comics to debut this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jul 15, 2016

    The first issue takes a pleasant long time to read and is not in any way decompressed (something a number of DCs new titles have fallen victim to). Yang manages to present a fresh but classical superhero origin to a very unique new character in a very fun setting. The book sometimes feels like an Elseworlds type thing, but when one remembers that Kong is a new hero in the DCU proper, New Super-Man becomes very exciting. This new title does not feel like forced diversity, it feels like a comic that the creators are passionate about and it feels like New Super-Man can be a very important addition to the DC REBIRTHUniverse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Jul 13, 2016

    Ultimately, I really enjoyed New Super-Man, I think the series has a lot of potential going forward. Kenan is, if not likable quite yet, then easy to empathize with when you begin to learn more about his past, and wishes to be a better person than he is. If the story follows his path of becoming the superhero he can be and leaving the past behind him, I think this could be a very enjoyable journey. Ultimately it's still too early to say definitively one way or the other as to how this series will turn out, but my expectations and anticipation have both been raised by the quality of this first issue and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jul 17, 2016

    With the Rebirth event going on at DC we are seeing a lot more fun entering the universe. New Super-Man #1 is no stranger to fun, this is an all around good read with plenty to be happy for. We get Kenan's origin story for New Super-Man along with the supporting cast and a nice twist at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 13, 2016

    As an introductory issue, New Super-Man #1 does a good job of setting up the characters, motivations, and scenario behind the development of this new breed of government hero. My hope is that as the months go on, well get to see more of the differences between Kenan and his American counterpart Clark, and not simply develop a second universal Man of Steel. The cultural differences, as well as Kenans own personality, are far more interesting to me than just seeing another Superman on the racks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 15, 2016

    I would have to say this was a solid origin story and I'm looking forward to seeing where this young hero is headed. The cliffhanger, which was a stroke of genius, still toes that line of holding a mirror up to established characters. Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic have captured all the fun of an Elseworlds tale that just so happens to be set in the DC Universe proper. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jul 13, 2016

    New Super-Manis off to asolid start in DC's attempts to diversify it's like. There are still a few quibbles to begin, but the book is much like it's main character; it may be rough around the edges, but it's heart seems to be in the right place. The story of Kenan Kong is off to an interesting start, if you're looking for something a little different amongstRebirth, this could be the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 13, 2016

    While in some ways New Super-Man reads like a very standard first issue of a teen superhero comic, there's enough evidence that New Super-Man will break the mold to ease any concerns. This is shaping up to be the series we should have gotten when Yang came aboard Superman last year. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brad Sun Jul 15, 2016

    New Super-Man #1 forces a lot of story into a small amount of pages, but its meta commentary, poking fun at manufactured relaunches and status quo changes, allows the reader to accept Kenan's otherwise conveniently contrived origin story as part of the gag. ("It's supposed to be unbelievable and clichd. Get it?") It works for now, but hopefully won't be abused as a crutch to prop up thin storytelling as the series continues. Ultimately, this first issue delivers on its clever conceit, mixing the right amount of subversion with its superhero tropes to create an engaging and lively debut. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Jul 15, 2016

    In the end, I found the book to be a bit predictable but I am still intrigued as we flesh out the psychological drives of the new character. Comics in general can use a dose of diversity, not for the sake of diversity but for a new and different course of stories. I am happy to see this new iteration and will give it some time before making a final personal judgment on the title. The art by Bogdanovic is excellent and the writing is equally well done. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - RobF Jul 21, 2016

    Yang has an exciting opportunity here: he has no history to bog him down so he can build his own legacy. Kenan has no idea what he has involved himself in and little time to adjust. It will be interesting to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jody Cardona Jul 13, 2016

    While there's nothing groundbreaking here, this issue does a pretty good job introducing us to our protagonist and the rest of the cast. Kenan is definitely not your ideal candidate to be the Superman of China but shows a little hope at growing into the man he needs to be. The art is pretty friggin awesome, especially in the designs for the Superheroes and villains, but there are a few hiccups. Overall it's a promising start, and I hope the team keeps it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 13, 2016

    New Super-Man isn't the most stellar offering on the market, but it is an alternative to the current nostalgia fest that is DC Rebirth. It has enough twiststhat it could be the surprise hit of the week for the reader who's willing to go unspoiled. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Jul 14, 2016

    While I not sold on the overall concept yet, I would like to see more until I recommend a pass on this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 16, 2016

    New Super-Man #1 isn't a terrible issue, and it's a great concept to flip the hero on his head and have him start out as the bully instead. However, we can't exactly see the longevity of the series, but who knows. It might just be the next great classic. Or it might be cast adrift on the sea of forgotten comic-books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 15, 2016

    Even for what one presumes is something of a gimmick, and honestly there's as much chance you'll groan as cheer at the last page, New Super-Man nonetheless establishes a brand new potential legion of copycat Chinese heroes & villains who may not just riff off the main DC heroes we know and love, but could well tie convectively into the bigger, overarching storylines. We just have to get past the fact it's not the most beautiful comic out there and the lead character is an utter douche. Time will tell, but it's worth giving a few chances. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Jul 13, 2016

    Overall,New Super-Man #1 was a fun read with some interesting characters. It feels fresh and interesting to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 13, 2016

    Well-written, well-drawn teenage superhero stuff, with enough twists to make things intriguing... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Jul 13, 2016

    Its not a bad read by any stretch of the imagination. Far from it, in fact, what with the slick artwork and the sharp script. It just leaves you a little bit dissatisfied come the end of the book, when you consider the opportunity missed – the entire thing compromised by marketing execs with dollar signs in their eyes, shrouded in a haze of cigar smoke as mustaches are twirled, leaving its appeal spread rather thinly across both sides of the Pacific. Its possible theres some meta-commentary going on regarding the recycling of heroes, Im crossing my fingers that as the series progresses, theyll do more to emphasise this, as well as to delineate Kenan from Clark. But as it stands… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Jul 14, 2016

    Overall this story isn't even that memorable. Hate to say it, but it'll be a miracle if this series makes it 12 issues. Honestly I feel they should have either made him a brand new character or vary his powers where he's a different version of Superman. He literally has the exact same powers, so overall you feel like you're reading the same hero, just in a different location. Half the fun of reading a superhero origin story is learning what kind of power he just received, but since we already know Superman's powers we won't get to share that experience with our new hero. They didn't go far enough to distance themselves from the Superman we all know and love (or hate if you're a Batman fan). It wasn't a bad read, but the 2nd issue must be a LOT better to keep my attention, which is almost never the case. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jul 19, 2016

    New Super-Man #1 was a slightly better than average read. However, I am not sure that Yang did enough to distinguish New Super-Man #1 from the myriad of super hero titles already on the market. Readers have limited dollars to spend and getting readers to jump aboard a new title requires giving a strong reason why this title is different the other super hero titles being published. New Super-Man #1 was not special enough to demand that readers come back for the next issue. In general, the story itself was a bit forgettable and felt somewhat formulaic. Having said that, there is no doubt that New Super-Man #1 does display the potential to become a quality read. New Super-Man is a title worth keeping an eye on to see if this potential ever gets fully realized. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Jul 14, 2016

    This is a solid start that could turn out to be quite fun. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 16, 2016

    Nothing about this character encourages me to continue reading his adventures. Even Guy Gardner is more likable than Kenan Kong. I'll give this series one more issue, but why would I read something with such an unlikable lead? This isn't even close to being “super.” Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Mike Fugere Jr. Jul 16, 2016

    Unfortunately, New Super-Man #1 doesn't make a big splash in its first issue. Perhaps in later issues the pace will pick up and maybe, just maybe this title can join the ranks of great comics that have come from other alter ego swaps and join the ranks with books like Totally Awesome Hulk, Spider-Gwen, and Mighty Thor. We'll just have to wait and see. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 13, 2016

    DC probably wants (and maybe even needs) New Super-Man to be something of a hit. Marvel has seen a lot of success with giving readers a diverse set of heroes taking on mantles with some significance to the larger Marvel Universe and DC wants a piece of the pie. But this books feels so forced. By the time we get to the final pages, we haven't learned very much about Kong and we've already had two new heroes introduced. As far as origin stories go, this one fails to be captivating on either a narrative or artistic level. In theory, New Super-Man is the kind of book we need more of right now, but this outing isn't the one we deserve. Read Full Review

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