Superman #38

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Klaus Janson, John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 17
7.4Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

A new year brings a new power and a new look from the epic team of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson in the extra-sized conclusion of their first arc! The showdown between Superman and Ulysses will push the Man of Steel to new extremes and Supermans new look is revealed as Clark Kent tells his true identity to one of the cast. Plus a surprise guest-star!This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.Combo pack edition: $5.99 US

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 4, 2015

    Superman and I have never really been the best of friends, but I found the Men of Tomorrow story to be a wonderful arc that has roped me back into reading the book full time. The issues comes to a natural conclusion and while this issue really feels like it's pushing a new Superman power on the reader, at least it's surrounded by a pretty awesome story that is well-executed. I highly suggest checking this issue and arc out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Feb 6, 2015

    Overall, it is a strong conclusion for a title that seriously needed a shot of energyto revitalize itself. Johns and Romita make a terrific team, and I can't wait to see what they come up with. And given that next issue deals with Superman living life as a mere mortal for a day, things will get interesting veryquickly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Z Feb 8, 2015

    Superman #38 is a great end cap to Johns and Romita's major story arc. Uplifting, fun, and full of energy blasts, Superman #38 should not be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 5, 2015

    Of course, the majority of the issue is an almighty smackdown, with Romita's often divisive style shining as the Man of Steel discovers a new level to his powers. It results in Romita getting to show off the solar aspects to the Kryptonian's power source in spectacular fashion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 5, 2015

    Overall, I really like the new take on this time-honored character. Johns is managing a nice balance between bringing back classic concepts (Clark is back working for the Daily Planet again, finally) and introducing new foes. More like this, please. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 4, 2015

    Superman #38 is a satisfying conclusion to a generally solid first arc for Johns and Romita. Though the new superpower and new costume aren't quite as exciting as they were made out to be, the combination of epic action and satisfying character moments serve this issue well. Romita's art shines this month, and Johns has the opportunity to write that great Daily Planet dynamic. What's not to love? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 6, 2015

    But are these changes better? I don't mind them right now ... but I have to see how all this is utilized before I grade them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 5, 2015

    This issue may end the Men of Tomorrow story, but at points, you could have fooled me.  Geoff Johns uses this issue to present a new power and costume and change the very nature of the book.  I can't say that I don't like the changes, it's just that it all felt a bit forced.  I'm back on the John Romita Bandwagon for now and I can't wait to see what all these changes do to the book going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Feb 5, 2015

    Superman #38 concludes Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. first arc on a strong note. While the pacing was off at times, Johns displayed some amazing character work with Superman, Ulysses and even Jimmy Olsen. I can feel Geoff Johns slowly building an epic and lengthy story with this Superman book and I wouldn’t recommend missing out on it Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 5, 2015

    It is a travesty that this creative team is only doing one story arc, whoever takes over will have deep shoes to fill! With only one issue left, those who have been reading should pick this up without a moments hesitation. Now, those who are just hearing about this, should try to pick up the back issues or wait for the trade. Honestly, though, dont wait for the tradethis a fantastic Superman narrative that should be absorbed ASAP. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 6, 2015

    Unnecessary milking of story and art creates a mildly disappointing conclusion to this storyline. I expect better from these creators, because they've done better. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Feb 5, 2015

    Geoff Johns tells a very solid story that has everything a Superman tale should have; a big fight scene, a motivational moment, Clark hanging with friends, lots of empathy, and a big reveal. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Feb 5, 2015

    "Superman" #38 marks the end of an improved period for the series and the character. For a while it seemed like DC had no idea what to do with its flagship character, but by employing what is truly a star creative team it shows that they are finally addressing the problem. Geoff Johns knows Superman, and he has written the character in a way that long-time fans will finally recognize. He is inspiring, determined and hopeful, and Johns has done a lot to right the Superman ship. John Romita Jr is already a well-established artistic force in comics, and his work on "Superman" how allowed him to show off his talent in a completely new setting. The slightly rushed looks of few panels is hard to overlook, but it won't erase all the good work Romita has already done on the series. This first story-arc isn't perfect, but at least it feels like a true Superman story. This issue nicely wraps up this arc and sets the stage for more interesting things to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Feb 5, 2015

    Colored by Laura Martin, Ulises Arreola, Dan Brown, and Wil Quintana. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 9, 2015

    When Man of Steel came out, I remember a couple critics took issue with the massive loss of life that must have resulted from Zod's terraforming machine and his subsequent battle with Clark. More specifically, they thought it problematic that the film would effectively ignore these casualties in its eagerness to get to a happy ending. Thus you have such awkwardness as Lois and Clark making out in the middle of a devastated Metropolis. At least the end of The Avengers featured a brief newsreel remarking on the devastation left in their wake. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 4, 2015

    "Superman" #38 is a comic where the script lives up to its duties, but the art struggles to keep up. Those who have read all of the Johns/Romita/Janson issues of "Superman" to date will certainly like the conclusion, although they may also be underwhelmed by the visuals this month. Those who are coming to the storyline for the first time, though, might be a little less excited. Those expecting a climax rather than epilogue might be a little disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Feb 6, 2015

    Great coloring but Romita's spotty artwork make this both a strange pleasure and eye stabber of a book. Johns knows how to write pretty classic stories that are neither great nor sub-par. This issue may be remembered for introducing a new power to Superman and has some great moments, but otherwise it's not particularly a stand-out outside of those moments. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Steven Cain Feb 10, 2015

    Geoff Johns did a nice job developing the characters, and bringing some humanity back to Superman, but when it came time to write a climax for the arc with this freshly humanized Superman it seems all that was written was "Superman go BOOM! Boom good! Boom end fight. Boom destroy costume. Batman shows up!" Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 4, 2015

    "Men of Tomorrow" follows what's starting to become a "classic" New 52 tactic; build a character in a certain direction until pulling a flashy, no-substance detour for the sake of some publicity. Hopefully, this time they haven't gone completely off the road. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Feb 5, 2015

    The rest of the issue is alright. It's the end of a major arc and it hints at what has happened enough that you can kind of understand what is happening now but the issue is definitely more about the flare. Sadly there is no truth, justice and jet flyin', limousine ridin', kiss stealing. Instead we get a cameo by Batman and a slightly bizarre secret identity reveal to Jimmy Olsen. It's drawn by JR Jr. and I like his art but I just think its much better suited for something like Kick-Ass then it is Superman. It's just too gritty for the bright and clean Man of Steel. If you like Superman then this probably isn't going to dissuade you too much. If you weren't interested in Superman before then you probably won't be after. Read Full Review

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