Superman #32

Superman #32

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 25, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 17
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

THE MAN OF TOMORROW chapter 1! A NEW ERA for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns and he's joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steels life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-Els experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Jun 26, 2014

    Superman #32 is a triumph for DC Comics. Not only is it the best issue of the series so far, it's also one of the single greatest issues in the New 52. Though it's mostly set-up for the "Men of Tomorrow" arc, it doesn't feel that way. Johns makes big strides in leaving all the bad parts of previous issues on the wayside, keeping the interesting elements that work, and building a Superman that can truly stand up to the name. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox Jun 29, 2014

    Superman #32 may not be anything groundbreaking in the history of the Man of Steel, but it may end up being an important and integral issue in years to come (take note collectors). With Johns' wry writing, which includes the introduction of a brand new character to the DC Universe, as well as a unique juxtaposition between Clark Kent and his super alter ego, and Romita, Jr.'s classical artistic swoop (I loved the way Romita, Jr. draws Clark turning into Superman), this may be just the new direction that this seemingly tired franchise needs. I know I'm sticking around to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 26, 2014

    Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 25, 2014

    I will definitely be returning next month to see what happens next. This was good and I want more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Fanboys Inc - Josh Epstein Jun 26, 2014

    The Man of Tomorrowis back, boys and girls. The world had better be ready. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jay Bamberhil Jun 25, 2014

    It's been about 2 hours since I bought the issue, and I already can't wait until issue #33. This was a great first step into even higher heights for the Last Son of Krypton! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Jun 27, 2014

    I never thought I would love reading Superman this much. The creative team seems to have the story and pacing of this comic on lock, delivering some of the most entertaining type of content from a Superman comic. I'm officially on board this run, Nation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Russ Burlingame Jun 25, 2014

    A well-worn premisekeeps the issue from feeling as fresh as we might like for such an important debut, but Johns's pacing and characterization carry the day writing-wise, turning out an issue that's a fast, fun read and delivers a lot of information without feeling like it's all about the exposition. Romita's first DC work could stand shoulder to shoulder with just about anything he's done in his long, distinguished career and if he can maintain this level of quality, this will quickly become one of DC's best monthly titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Jun 25, 2014

    Superman #32 kicks the new direction for Superman and his all-star creative team off in style. The main title for the Man of Steel has been a rollercoaster ride in the New 52, but this is the much needed super kick in the pants that was needed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 25, 2014

    "Superman" #32 doesn't make any apologies for what led to this creative takeover, nor does it need to. Instead, it just tells an excellent story that speaks for itself, and captures both the nature and the scope of the character. Johns and Romita deliver the kind of Superman story that readers want, and give the franchise a kind of pseudo-reboot that was sorely needed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 25, 2014

    Superman #32 is a great and really downright enjoyable start for this new creative team. It's ambitious, exciting, really accessible for new readers, and looks fantastic to boot. It's familiar at points and the theme of loneliness doesn't go that well with the character, but this new direction for Superman is really good and highly worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 25, 2014

    Superman #32 is indeed the start of a new era.  Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. have arrived to save what should be a shining book in the DC Universe.  It's a low key start that is great as a jumping on point for new and old readers alike.  If you stopped reading this book or were waiting for better days to start, welcome aboard.  It's a great time to be a Superman fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Jun 25, 2014

    I had a wonderful time reading this book. While I read most of Superman's New 52 run so far, it's not a title I've been excited or anxious to read. For the most part, I kept checking in on it because it's Superman so "it's suppose to be good". He's one of DC's tentpole heroes but no one seemed to "get it right". Thus far, all the creators have been neglecting to show the character's humanity. Thankfully, Johns gets it. Looks like we're finally getting a version of Superman that we can actually care about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Blair Marnell Jun 25, 2014

    This is not a perfect start for the new Superman creative team, but it’s really good and it’s more than enough to rekindle my interest. Johns and Romita really clicked together in this issue. I want to see if they can make Superman “Super” once again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 Jun 28, 2014

    I have high hopes, though. Now, even higher than before. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 25, 2014

    A mysterious new character named Ulysses is introduced. His origin parallels Superman's and it seems that his powers may even rival those of Kal-El's. That, however, largely remains to be seen. The platinum-haired newcomer definitely seems like a force to be reckoned with. Is he friend or foe? Only time will tell. Johns' widely hailed knack for dialogue and characterization is well balanced with action that abruptly explodes in your face, thanks to Romita's signature art style. The new creative team gives the Superman title a much needed shot in the arm and will hopefully see it reascend to the top of the industry's charts. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Guilherme Jacobs Jun 25, 2014

    His work is not so great on the quieter, dialogue-based moments where Id like to see more emotion and reactions come from the characters. Its nothing bad by any stretch of the imagination, but when you open your comic with a powerful double splash of Superman punching a gorilla, Ill set my expectations higher. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 27, 2014

    No drastic or radical changes here, but very much your quintessential Superman issue, cleaned up to feel comfortably refurbished, if not sparkling new. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 30, 2014

    Anyways, big action, Clark at the Planet, a non-Brainiac'd Lois hanging with friends, Jimmy as a young photographer, and a reverse-Superman in Ulysses? It's a good start. Let's just get Superman out of his apartment and out with his supporting cast! Let's get him to embrace Earth! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 26, 2014

    A year ago, Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. taking over Superman would have been a welcome relief. It's still great to see these two creators paired up, but the competition in this franchise is fiercer now. So far Johns is delivering a methodical, character-focused story that makes great use of Romita's storytelling skills. This issue is a great read, but time will tell how much this run can stand apart from the rest of the pack. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Jun 26, 2014

    I have mild issues with the story of Superman #32, but it deserves to be read and is one of the best outings for the Superman title in a long time. Once the rough patches get smoothed out this has the makings of a cool Superman run. If you're ever going to find a great entry point for Supes in the New 52, this would be a good place to begin. Here's hoping Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. hang around for awhile because despite my critiques, I'm hopeful that this team will bring the Superman series back to greatness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 27, 2014

    Superman #32 isn't as good as it was hyped up to be but it is solid and leaves a lot to make any reader come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 28, 2014

    Superman looks to be a title that has a chance at something great. The bigger narrative is established in this issue. The characters are starting to get their foundations and it looks like Johns will be expanding on this in the coming issues. This is definitely something to pick up if you are looking for more of a classic view of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 25, 2014

    As a warm-up to the DC Universe for Romita, Superman #32 has its faults, but the moments of beautifully subtle emotion we see here and there give me some reason to believe we could see tighter work in the months to come. Nevertheless, what we are getting in excess of expectation is a depiction of Superman's character that recaptures the specialness of the Clark-Superman relationship without retreading any previous waters. Johns has clearly nailed down what it means to be the Last Son of Krypton in the New 52, and it's neither maudlin nor bombastic, but just the right balance of courage and heartache. Kudos to that! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 25, 2014

    Geoff Johns is back on a solo Superman title and he's brought John Romita Jr with him. This Superman title, in particular, has seen a few changes in direction with the various creative teams. With this marking a new creative change, you get a clear feeling that the groundwork is being firmly planted to drive the title further ahead. Romita's art may be an acquired taste for some but there's no denying what he brings to the big action scenes. This issue is a new jumping on point for new readers. That means existing readers will have to sit through moments of build up but what we're getting is intriguing. Make sure you check this issue out to see what Johns and Romita are laying out for us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 30, 2014

    Regardless of some issues with high concept, Superman has suddenly become the comic to beat over in the DC Comics wheelhouse. It has a collection of DC's best talent working without crossovers or tie-ins to hold them back - this is just us getting to watch Superman go through his paces, and after so much retinkering and fruitless twisting, it's nice to have some normalcy. It's great to see John Romita take his inimitable style to characters we've never seen him portray, and it's even nicer to have Geoff Johns come back and show us how this character should be done. Back in the overwrought, ultraviolent Man of Steel film of last summer, Henry Cavill told us that "this symbol stands for hope." In the hands of Johns, Romita and company, I'm finally starting to believe it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Jun 25, 2014

    Overall, its a bold and stylistically solid opener to a new chapter in our favourite Kryptonians story – chock to bursting with Johns carefully paced story and dialogue, and Romitas joyous action. Supermans suddenly become one to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Jul 10, 2014

    Near the end is where we get the real nit and grit of the start of our story, with the return of a now fully grown Ulysses and some hints at the nebulous real threat of the arc. It comes off a bit sudden, but not too jarring. At this juncture what does come off as jarring would be John Romita Jr.s art. Although rather well done and even with touches of greatness (the double pages splash with Titano), the action sequence at the issues end comes off as cluttered and absurdly hard to follow. While not as bad as some might have been expecting it fails to reach the finish line intact. Overall, however, this proved a flashy start to Johns return to the big blue boy scout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jun 26, 2014

    Ultimately, this issue has the look and feel of a clean start that many readers will appreciate as it revisits classic themes with a few new twists. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 25, 2014

    Superman #32 might be lacking in a truly a original hook (for now) but it does wipe the slate clean for readers. It's a snapshot of Clark's life at this point and it lays the groundwork for future stories. Johns' pacing is excellent and gets better on multiple reads. Both he and Romita include small, unmentioned details that enrich this book and bring it to a certain level that hadn't been seen before. Going back to what's familiar might be a new approach for this book but it's definitely a good one. There's a tendency to overcompensate during reboots and change too much of a character in order to facilitate newness. By bringing Superman down to Earth a bit and reminding readers of Clark's place in the DC Universe, Johns and Romita have managed to make Superman someone you want to root for again. There's a solitary sadness here and beginnings of hope. The latter has been sorely missed from this title for some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 25, 2014

    Is it worth the hype it's been getting? That might be more or less up to the reader. It is a solid first chapter for the new team's run, and while the art might not be everyone's cup of tea, there's no doubting that Superman will be soaring under the guidance of Johns and Romita. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 25, 2014

    Overall, there's been much hype leading up to this debut. The issue is good, not great, filled with a lot of potential, and a step in the right direction for Superman in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Jun 25, 2014

    This issue has ALOT of expectations. I would say that the issue did a good job, and did not set out to amaze. It may not be a super crazy good issue, but it does not have to be , because the larger story looks really promising, and we can trust Johns to make a truly epic story. Superman may finally be a anticipated title on a month to month basis! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 26, 2014

    All in all, it's a good book, though not a great one, and it doesn't serve as quite the massive game-changing jumping-on point that some of the advertisements might have you feel. Still, Superman #32 does a good job of telling us who our hero is, albeit with some familiar Johns narrative tools in play, and enjoyable art throughout, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. It is very much like what I thought a Geoff Johns/John Romita Jr. take on the Man Of Steel would be, in all the best ways (and luckily only a few of the least). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 30, 2014

    Superman #32 doesn't sell me completely on the comic going forward, but it does pique my curiosity as to where Johns and Romita will take the Man of Steel. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 26, 2014

    There's just enough here to get me to check out the second issue of the Johns/Romita run on this title. Other than Grant Morrison, DC's creators haven't seemed to have had a solid handle on or vision for the Man of Steel since the New 52 relaunch. It remains to be seen if this will be a turning point. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Jun 27, 2014

    John Romita Jr polarises opinion; his work here with Klaus Janson and Laura Martin, ranges from incredible to serviceable. The artistic team's action sequences are second to none, however, JRJR struggles with the humdrum " there's a lack of realism to these sequences. This is however a major deviation from DC's house style, which may mark a turning point in their fortunes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 25, 2014

    For as much hype and promotion DC gave this book, it fell a little flat. This is just one issue, so nobody should panic, and Geoff Johns definitely deserves to get a few issues grace period before you need to worry. John Romita Jr. has done a really nice job on pencils this issue and will hopefully be consistent and not rush. This arc is off to a slow start, but Johns and Romita Jr. are too good to let it stay that way. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 28, 2014

    It's just the story that's not very interesting. So we've got a new mysterious alien-like guy who shows up out of nowhere to encounter Superman. How many millions of times has that happened? I don't think it's too much to expect great things from Geoff Johns, but as for his first issue, it seems like the generic, boring, New 52 Superman isn't going anywhere. Read Full Review

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