Superman #0

Superman #0

Writer: Scott Lobdell Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 1
6.9Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

Welcome the new creative team of Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort as they take us back to the days when Jor-El learned the truth about Kryptons imminent destruction! Plus: More on the introduction of the Eradicators!

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 3, 2012

    How do you accomplish the impossible? Open this book and see how it's done. Highest possible recommendation! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Sep 27, 2012

    As I mentioned about Kenneth Rocafort, his work is always amazing and this issue is no exception. In a short time, he's become one of my very favorite comic book artists and I think he's perfect for bringing new life to Superman and rendering the fantastic alien worlds, characters, and landscapes that Superman stories call for. I very much look forward to he and Lobdell's collaboration on this book. While this issue is an origin story of sorts, it also sets up some intriguing story arcs to come. Especially that last page, which should leave plenty of fans with fervor and anticipation. My only problem with the issue is that things weren't as neatly wrapped as I would've liked. As a prequel, it does work in a lot of ways. As a self-contained story, it sort of seems to ask more questions than answer them. Still, it's an extremely enjoyable read and it certainly has me pumped for future issues. I give it an 8.5/10! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 26, 2012

    From a Superman perspective, this isn't really his story, nor is it the origin-story that the Zero Month premise seemed to promise. While Lara reveals that she is pregnant in the issue, this is mostly an exploration of the awesomeness of the El parents, and an impressive one at that. Jor-El is shown to be courageous, thoughtful, and a little less wild-eyed that in previous incarnations, while Lara flat-out kicks ass. Written this well, I might buy a Lara and Jor-El miniseries, as long as she gets top billing. (It always galled me that Mrs. Peel had to take a backseat to Steed, as well, since she did all the hard work, and in skin-tight fabric to boot.) Superman #0 is a shrewd book, knowing that the origin of Superman is pretty much fait accompli, and instead giving us a new take on Mama and Papa El that really intrigued and entertained me, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 26, 2012

    Finally we have an issue of Superman that can give us hope. As a zero issue, it accomplishes the goal in showing us some new information about Superman's past (actually about his parents' past) as well as new developments that are fun to see. Rocafort and Gho make everything look nice and pretty. There is still more we need to find out about what's going on here and hopefully this will be addressed soon in future issues. Lobdell has stepped up to the plate in taking on the task in making Superman interesting and is showing he's not afraid to take some risks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 28, 2012

    So overall I thought this was a very good but not great issue. The reveals about Krypton - how powerful and scary the Doomsday cult is, the presence of an Eradicator on the planet, the creature living in the planet core - were all nice additions to my understanding of the DCnU version. The fact that Jor-El and Lara have such easy chemistry, that she is totally his equal, was also appreciated. And nice hook with Superman. And I can't wait to see Rocafort's art on a Superman story set on Earth. His stuff is so slick. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 28, 2012

    Superman #0 raises questions that may or may not be answered anytime soon. Lobdell has indicated that he's got a very in-depth plan for what he wants to do with this title, but there's no telling how much editorial influence may be exerted on him to change that. It's The Man of Steel, and there's a movie bearing that name coming out next year and all. I'm curious enough to check back in for the next issue, but I can't say that's not without reservation. How's that for a triple negative? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outer Realm Comics - thefrozenreptile Oct 3, 2012

    This story has been told in various forms three major times (four if you count Jor-L from the Golden Age), and each time it is told, the basic premise of doomed planet, child sent to Earth has been a staple of the story. This version currently feels incomplete and I hope it will be fleshed out better in the next coming while. I feel we know more about Clark/Superman on Earth from Action 0, than we got of the Kryptonian part of the story here. If this effort is the best this team could come with for "The Origin", than I shudder to think what may be coming next" Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 1, 2012

    "Superman" #0 is one of the books with the most recognizable comic origin stories already connected to it, so it was nice to see Lobdell and Rocafort try and veer away from it as much as possible. This has definitely been one of the more troubled titles since the re-launch, so hopefully this is a sign that it's going to finally find a direction and some stability. Could it be? There's only one way to find out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Scott West Sep 27, 2012

    Before all is said and done, Jor-El and Lara are fleshed out a bit and the destruction of Krypton is given an ominous new take. I like reading about Superman's Kryptonian heritage and I hope we get more of this in the main series. The only reason this doesn't get a higher score is that, even with the plot twists and new information, this is a story that Superman readers have seen too many times for it to be given an entire issue. Writer Scott Lobdell did a wonderful job with the material but, in the end, it still feels a bit like putting new tires on an old car. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 26, 2012

    And hey, there's a dude that looks exactly like Morgan Freeman. So that's cool. Read Full Review

  • 0.8
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 27, 2012

    I don't even want to keep writing about this issue. Such a fail. Read Full Review

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