Superman #41

Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 24, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 16
7.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The epic new storyline TRUTH continues with the debut of the amazing new creative team of new writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and continuing artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson! What will happen when the big secret is revealed?

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 25, 2015

    Overall this is a very exciting debut and a great start to this story. The book is perfectly paced and placing it before the status quo change makes it unique from the other Superman books and offers potential for a great story. If youve been enjoying Truth so far but want a bit more background information, check this book out, and if youre someone who wants to get into the Superman books then this is definitely the one Id recommend. Its a great jump on point and looks to be taking the series in fresh new directions. Yang and Romatia knocked this issue out of the park, I cant wait to see where they go from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jun 24, 2015

    As the DC You campaign wraps up its first month everyone involved with not only this title, but the other three titles involved in “Truth” as well, should be proud of how they kicked off this status quo change. There will always be people that disagree, but Superman #41 caps off what I feel has been the best month for Superman since before The New 52 started. TheSuperman line of comics haven't been this good, or this exciting as a whole in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 26, 2015

    Yang has successfully enticed us with the first chapter of a story that describes the how and why of Superman's secret becoming common knowledge to every being in the universe. Yang's own unique voice is clear on every page while retaining a familiarity that fans of the character (no matter the medium that introduced him to them) will find refreshing and fun. Romita and Janson have already had time with the character during Geoff Johns' run and their art seems to have become stronger and just a bit different. That could partly be the result of new colorist Dean White but it most definitely has to do with Yang's engaging, mystery-tinged story. The first part of "Before Truth" has a sensational beginning in "Superman" #41 and the mystery isn't the only thing that's going to keep readers coming back for the next chapter. It's strong characterization. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 25, 2015

    It's still too soon in the story to determine if this story will be worth following - but so far, it's off to an interesting start. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 26, 2015

    This is a strong start for the new team, but the book still suffers from the same disjointed timeline as the other books. Maybe when all are collected in order in a massive omnibus, things might make more sense. But this is a solid entry for Superman, and Yang proves himself to be more than capable to write the adventures of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 Jul 20, 2015

    All in all this is a very solid first issue for the new arc running through theSuperman title, and I am very excited to see what will come next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 24, 2015

    Superman #41 is an intriguing start to this new storyline that will be encompassing the entire Superman line, but the release schedule makes it lose out on tension and surprise. This won't matter in the long run, but is annoying currently in the short run. Thankfully, the writing, story, and artwork are strong enough to easily overcome that annoyance. If you have been holding off on reading the Truth storyline so far, now is the time jump aboard. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 28, 2015

    Still, for all the troubling interpretations of the main character, this issue largely succeeds. The timing problem with regard to the rest of the DCU will be tricky, and some will probably be very frustrated by the lack of clear and quick answers. But, especially when combined with the rest of the TRUTH storyline playing out across the other Superman titles, this shows potential to launch Superman effectively into DC's new era, an era already beginning, at least in terms of fan-response and literary quality, on a much better foot than the now-defunct New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 24, 2015

    Superman #41 suffers from a couple storytelling flaws, but on the whole this issue marks a strong debut for new writer Gene Luen Yang. Yang is able to inject a more grounded, socially conscious sensibility into Superman's world without ignoring the excitement and spectacle a good Superman tale needs. Even if we already know the end destination (more or less), "Before Truth" is shaping up to be a memorable Superman tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 28, 2015

    This wasn’t one of my most anticipated titles of DC’s new line but Gene Luen Yang’s debut issue gives us reason to be excited about Superman going forward. We know where the story is going (Action Comics) but it’s still thrilling to see how it got there because there isn’t much focused placed on Clark’s identity. If you like journalist Superman stories, Superman #41 is a comic I highly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 25, 2015

    John Romita JR has used the time off from CONVERGENCE well. His artwork has a crisp feel to it that I haven't seen since his time on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN with J. Michael Straczynski. His reliance on tons of lines is gone, and characters feel finished. The characters don't feel as blocky and the cheekbones on women won't kill a person if they look at someone wrong. Klaus Janson's inks seem slightly heavier thank on previous issues, which Romita's pencils have always needed. Dean White's colors are great, but seem a little dark for a Superman book. I'd like to see them lighten up a bit and look like the opening page more. White's colors remind me of the pallet he used while coloring UNCANNY X-FORCE, and the darker image of the book was enhanced by the colors. Here, a sunny day still looks like a cloudy one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 24, 2015

    What happened before Superman's life completely changed when his biggest secret was revealed? Gene Luen Yang jumps onto the series and takes the story back a few notches to flesh out the story from the beginning. You'll be glued to every page as you look for any clues that could reveal a bigger picture to the story. John Romita Jr's pre-Truth Clark Kent now feels like the 'classic' version since we currently have Superman with a buzz cut in jeans and a t-shirt. I love a good mystery and that's what we're getting here. We know Clark's life is going to get flipped upside down but it turns out there may be more to the story than we thought. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jun 24, 2015

    For Superman fans, I would definitely recommend checking this book out. Along with Action Comics, it looks like DC finally has a strong hold on the Superman everyone has come to know and love (not commenting on the movie universe here at all). Moving forward, it looks like this story is going to be a fun one, and a great introduction for Gene Luen Yang in the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Jun 27, 2015

    Superman #41 is a nice change of pace from your typical Superman story, providing readers with more Clark time than ever and introducing tons of questions with no answers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 24, 2015

    Superman #41 may not have been the revolutionary comic some readers had hoped for but it's a solid foundation for what could be something special. In any case, this is Superman the way it should be done! And if you've ever wanted to believe that a man can fly " or at least leap tall buildings in a single bound " it's worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Jun 25, 2015

    Romita Jr's presence on this title continues to bug me. I feel like he is an artist suited to Spiderman, but not so well suited to Superman. But there have been incremental improvements over the year or so that he has been on the book. Maybe there is hope. The inconsistencies are distracting, though, and take away from my enjoyment of the story. Lang's scripting is pretty tight and it looks like he is setting up some good stuff. I think he has a handle on this version of Superman, which has been cast very differently than past versions of Supes. I was not crazy about this issue overall, but it looks like the series could be on an upswing. If they can just tighten up the art! As promised by the “DC You" publishing imitative, it is a great jumping on point. Let's just hope things get a bit better over the course of the arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Jun 25, 2015

    Superman #41 was much better than I initially thought it would be, as though not quite on par with the work Geoff Johns produced pre-Convergence, it's some of the most exciting moments I've seen in the current series. It does however have some questionable moments, but overall is one of the more impressive entries in Truth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 24, 2015

    Superman #41 reads like a test drive. Yang, Romita, and the rest of the team are breaking in their new approach to the character. While there are some issues within the art and the plotting is solid at best, nothing is broken. In fact, the entire creative team seems to have a solid grasp of what they do well and how they would like to apply those talents to Superman. It's an encouraging start for what could be the best take on this series since its relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 24, 2015

    The Truth story line has been a bit disappointing thus far, as it has attempted to take a different look at the hero, and mostly has come up a bit short. This carries on here, but inexplicably this is not so much of a look at the new hero, but rather gives us what is basically the old Superman back, save for a few panels mixed in with the newer version. As opposed to the story line which can't seem to find a good direction in which to take the character, this newest installment instead can't decide whether to give fans the new version or the old version. There are likely still fans clamoring for answers as to what exactly happened to Superman to get him where he presently is, but aside from those readers, this issue comes off as a bit too ordinary. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Jun 26, 2015

    If you can tolerate mediocre linework, this issue should be on your pull list. The story is getting good, and it showcases the events leading up to the TRUTH arc. Any followers of this fun arc should pick up this issue, if only to have a better understanding of the plot of this new Superman movement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 24, 2015

    Don't go expecting much of our new Superman here because this is a prologue to the "Truth" story line where our boy scout is still rocking his blues and his cape.  While I enjoyed this story for the mystery it presents, I was kind of let down that this was called the "Truth" because of how different it feels from the rest of the Superman titles.  I guess Gene Luen Yang is giving us a slow burn but so far it's just more solar flares and a disjointed feeling when paired with the rest of this story line. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jun 30, 2015

    Future issues may help fill in the gaps and make those connections. On its own, however, Superman #41 feels less like a blockbuster movie and more like a teaser trailer. And in this age of cat videos and internet celebrities, that's simply no longer sufficient. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jun 27, 2015

    If you pulled issue #41 out and just read it in a vacuum, it's a fine issue. Butread it andeverything surrounding it, andthe reader feels betrayed. I didn't learn anything in this issue. I wasn't shown how Clark's identity came out. I wasjustlet down. I hope that the next issue gives me some satisfaction Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 25, 2015

    The idea of Superman's identity being revealed to the world is perhaps the last truly untold story in the character's nearly eight decades of existence, and it's unfortunate that this potentially momentous arc is marred by a jumbled publishing schedule and a weak after-the-fact introduction. This storyline is off to a rocky start and this issue does little to make it smoother. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 26, 2015

    Isn't this an idiotic rescue mission? Ninja clothes? Jimmy is again squarely in the line of fire. This whole thing sounds like a bad idea. After his years of heroing, this was his best idea? I just don't know what to say. Incredibly, for the first time in a while, I was very pleased with how the supporting characters were written. Lois and Jimmy were written well. The characterization of Clark is so foreign to me in this issue that I don't know who I am reading. It might say Superman on the cover, but at least in this issue, it didn't read like Superman. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 24, 2015

    It's disappointing for me to write a review like this, because I believe in Superman as a concept, and I'm even pretty excited for his new status quo as a motorcycle-riding vagabond. Unfortunately, issues like this are exactly what people point to when they consider Superman as passe or uninteresting. The thing is, we've already seen way too many issues of Superman being boring or unexciting - and DC has already long since laid out a bold plan for turning that around. With that in mind, it's a huge shame that Yang isn't able to pull the trigger and start Superman anew. Read Full Review

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