New Superman #2

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: Richard Friend Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 10, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 34
7.9Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

"Made in China" part two! The New Super-Man must face off against the Justice League of China? When Kenan Kong was imbued with the powers of Superman, he didn't waste any time using them! Now it's up to the New Bat-Man and New Wonder-Woman of his home country to bring our hero back down to earth-just in time to stop the attack of the deadly Sunbeam!

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Aug 18, 2016

    I highly enjoyed this issue and eagerly await the next. The title and story feels fresh, and it delivers more and more throughout the book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 10, 2016

    Made in China Part 2 is worth the read. Is it a bit pander-y to the Chinese market? Probably. Its a big market, I dont blame them. But its also a great work that delves into What if China made their own Justice League?. Each Chinese version of a Justice League hero has been what that character means at its core while still maintaining their own personalities. Heck, Im excited to watch the jerk to hero arc Kenan will go through. Id say fridging a woman character at first is a bit clich, but overall, I believe New Super-Man #2 is a good buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Aug 11, 2016

    Overall, I enjoyed this issue quite a bit. We saw another example of why Kenan does the good things that he does without losing the basis of the character as a bit of an arrogant narcissist with a good heart. As we go deeper into the Ministry of Self Reliance, I find myself becoming more and more curious about where the series will lead, with things like the compliance device giving the organization a bit of a more sinister feel, but the creation of a Justice League to do good muddying the waters. Time will tell if this series makes good on all the promise that it shows, but I'm very excited to see how it does. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 15, 2016

    DC Comics' most interesting Rebirth title, New Super-Man is a must read. It's good to see that DC Comics isn't afraid to take chances on smart storytelling again. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Lauren Bullock Aug 10, 2016

    To conclude, New Super-Man isn't quite sure how seriously to take itself yet; right now it can sometimes read a little closer to a Marvel parody of DC characters rather than DC property itself. Because the series has to concentrate on introducing brand new characters with ties to the Trinity, justify its existence as a story, and build a setting that previously has been mishandled in comics, I think there's incredible pressure put on pacing that prevents the reader from really getting immersed in Kenan's world. It's a decent read for now, but not the must-have I still hope it can evolve into. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Aug 10, 2016

    Overall,New Super-Man #2is a strong step up from the previous issue while simultaneously promising that the best is yet to come. Yang is proving that, given the space, he can build something great, and both he and Bogdanovic are truly doing some cool things on this book. If the series can continue this upward trend of quality thenNew Super-Mancan really be a highlight of the Superman line. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Aug 11, 2016

    At Comic-Con, Gene Yang gleefully described his New Super-man, Kong Kenan, as "a bit of a jerk." One page in on this issue and you'll agree with that assessment. The good news is that Kong isn't completely unlikable, but he's definitely the kind of guy you want to see get punched in the face or zapped repeatedly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed Aug 10, 2016

    Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic have done a fantastic job creating Kenan Kong and setting up his world. While the “secret military organization recruits a superhero” story has been done before, Yang's script takes a self-aware tone to it all that keeps the book refreshing. And the artwork by Viktor Bogdanovic,Richard Friend, and Hi-Fi gives the book some great storytelling sequences.New Super-Manis a book that banks on the strengths and flaws of its characters to provide the entertainment and so far, it's been a gamble that's paid off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Aug 12, 2016

    At the Ministry of Self-Reliances Oriental Pearl Tower, Baixi and Deilan the Bat-Man and the Wonder-Woman of China arrive to subdue the new Super-Man. Kenan is captured when his superpowers unexpectedly fail. Dr. Omen keeps Kong confined overnight, and the young mans father does not notice his absence because he is preoccupied by the work of his conspiracy theorist writers group. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 17, 2016

    So Yang has me for another issue. This book has been more enjoyable than I anticipated. It straddles pained teenage hero with silly fun with political intrigue ... not an easy brew. And I sense a bit of the Reign of the Supermen Superboy in Kenan and that isn't a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jody Cardona Aug 10, 2016

    This new Superman delivers another great issue for us to enjoy! It has great action, humor where it needs to be, but also has a flaw in the form of pacing and the character of Kenan's father. Viktor Bogdanovic's art is still amazing, and I'm completely in love with the designs to the Justice League of China. I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 10, 2016

    Super-Man doesnt do a lot this issue besides getting humbled by his teammates. This probably wont be a title with a lot of major developments, but either way New Super-Man is proving to be a very entertaining new entry to DCs ranks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Aug 10, 2016

    This is the kind of monthly title that has potential but will likely play around the edges for a bit until it gets comfortable with itself. We're definitely here for a good bit of the run. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 10, 2016

    New Super-Man is one of the most intriguing of the Rebirth titles. Two issues in and I'm excited to see where it goes, and have no idea what to expect next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Konrad Aug 10, 2016

    This series has lots in store for its readers. The characters are interesting, the art is great, and there is a lot to see yet from Kong Kenan. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Aug 12, 2016

    Though it may be too basic a story for some, with too unlikeable a character in the protagonist Kong, New Super-Man is uniquely different and well written enough by Lang to be an enjoyable part of the DC Rebirth project. With an obvious vein of East-West satire lurking beneath the superheroic action, and plenty of character development being laid for future growth and change, there's enough here to keep going back to, with the promise of really finding its feet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 11, 2016

    And the latter portion of New Super-Man #2 is generally different than most comics, as he's not a part of the action to begin with. He takes the back bench and it's only in the face of danger that he steps up and shows that he's worth the powers that he's been imbued with. Hopefully, the later issues focus more on Kenan rather than the two supporting copy-cats. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 10, 2016

    What continues to be interesting to me is Kong. In some ways he reminds me of Booster Gold, but with this really dark element to him that we haven't seen fully exposed yet. He doesn't seem like the type of person that you would feel safe with having Superman's powers which is still an incredible feeling to have. Why? Because I'm sure that's exactly how Lex Luther feels about Superman" makes you wonder what Yang is going for or just how good of a writer he is. It's messy, but it's still one of the best DC books to be buying. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Aug 10, 2016

    Unfortunately, in spite of the evident talent of the comic's creators, I cannot help but feel that this story is leap too far and would have been far better suited being based on all new characters and not standing on the shoulders of DC's existing giants. Read Full Review

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