Superman #1
Prev Series

Superman #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 15, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 79
8.1Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

"THE SON OF SUPERMAN" chapter one
The Last Son of Krypton must decide whether to help his young son use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world.
THE CREATORS: The team supreme that brought fans the adventures of Damian Wayne in "Batman and Robin" returns for the adventures of Superman and his offspring.

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Jun 15, 2016

    This is a comic that fully deserves "#1" on it's cover. It's a new start for all of those involved. We have a new protagonist in Jon "Smith" who has allot of growing to do (maybe Damian Wayne and him can buddy up). The Justice League will have to get to know this new (old) Superman as well (that's gonna drive Bruce crazy). So buy this book and wear the colors proudly, because Superman is back and that is all that matters! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 15, 2016

    This is everything I never knew I wanted out of a Superman book, and after the last five years of half-starts and squandered opportunities, we now have an in-canon book about the Man of Steel that embraces true change in bright, vivid colors. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - John Patterson Jun 14, 2016

    DC needed its flagship character to be a hit straight out of the gate, and in the hands of these custodians they certainly wont be disappointed. As I said at the start, Superman is dead….LONG LIVE SUPERMAN! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 26, 2016

    The emotional punch of this book is amazing. You've got me following another title, DC. Keep it up! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 15, 2016

    Superman #1 delivered everything I was hoping for from the title and then some. It has a strong emotional hook and sense of freshness the title hasn't had in a long time. There's so many places to go from here that I can't help but feel the same level of optimism the book caries. It's finally a good time to be a Superman fan again, and I couldn't be happier. Read Full Review

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

    If the return of the Post-Crisis Superman turns out to be yet another marketing ploy, meant to only last one business quarter (or two) before fading back into the complicated mists that DC Comics continuity has rapidly become, they might lose this Superman fan forever, not to mention more than a few others. Superman #1 does breathe new life into a franchise that was gasping for a new lease on life though. Bring on the Rebirth, for now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 15, 2016

    Superman #1 is the issue I have been wanting from Peter J. Tomasi. By focusing on Superman’s family-life and putting Jon in the spotlight, Tomasi is able to create a fresh and heartfelt comic. Patrick Gleason’s shinning visuals elevate the issue to the heights of the story’s full potential. If Tomasi continues to give us issues like these rather than issues like the previous one, we will be looking at a great Superman run. DC Rebirth continues its streak of excellence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 15, 2016

    This issue once again shows that DC means it when they promised to bring back the missing heart of the pre-Flashpoint DCU and merging it with the new. We get the old with the return of Clark to his place as Superman and we get the old in seeing Jonathan's early steps towards his destiny as a new Superboy. This title promises to be one of the standout successes of DC's lineup. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 17, 2016

    I'll be following this one - if cautiously - for now. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 15, 2016

    I loved this issue. Its focus on the White family is a step back from high flying action we can get elsewhere and the focus on the next generation is such a great direction. The comic isn't full of action, but it has a hell of a lot of heart. I haven't read much Superman for a while, but this has me counting down until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 16, 2016

    Readers may inherently shy away from a Superman comic with darker elements, but at least that darkness is being employed for the right reasons here. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Phil Casey Jun 18, 2016

    All in all, this is a solid issue. Unlike last week's ACTION COMICS #957, this issue doesn't get bogged down by the head-scratching, convoluted plot that led up to this issue. This issue felt like a true #1 and is definitely a good launching point for people looking for a place to start reading Superman. What Tomasi does with the character going forward is anyone's guess, but as far as first issues go, this was a pretty solid one. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 23, 2016

    Exploring his childhood by showing him raise his own child, we get to see Superman as never before -- a family man stepping into another hero's shoes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2016

    By the conclusion of the issue, the focus of the initial story arc appears ready to come to fruition. Animal hijinks aside, Tomasi and Gleeson are getting their run on the title off to a super start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Lauren Bullock Jun 15, 2016

    I'm definitely interested in picking up the next issue, especially with Jon's fate hanging in the balance of our final page. This comic does superheroes the justice they deserve while also giving us a glimpse into lifestyle we don't typically see highlighted: a stable family. I'm excited to see Jon help us discover more of this universe with the innocence of a child and help us invoke our own sense of awe at these characters again. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 23, 2016

    Superman #1 directly takes up one of the main themes ofRebirth, the recovery and celebration of legacy in the DC Universe. This is something that author Peter Tomasi and co-author and pencil artist Patrick Gleason have deep experience with. The New 52 era was not a period in DC's publishing history known for its emphasis on legacy or deep continuity, which is one of the main reasons it eventually became very unpopular in some quarters. However, Tomasi has always been respectful of continuity, even in eras during which such an emphasis was out of fashion. As far as legacy is concerned, hisBatman and Robin, which featured Gleason as principal artist, explored the rich and troubled relationship between Bruce Wayne and Damian, his assassin-born son. Patrick Gleason then picked up these threads in his soloRobin: Son of Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Brad Bell Jun 15, 2016

    Within this number one Tomasi and Gleason show readers that they truly understand Superman and his place in the world. Filling all nineteen pages with a sense of hope and righteousness we have not seen in a Superman book or any DC title for a very longtime. That being said, Tomasi has not set this up as the global scale Superman book that we are accustomed to seeing. You probably need to turn to Dan Jurgen's Action Comics if that is what you are looking for. Rather we are introduced to a brighter version of what Bruce and Damian Wayne are to DC. Knowing the way that Tomasi and Gleason not only understand Superman, but how to expertly craft a father son story, readers can expect Superman to remain atop their pull list for the foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Jun 21, 2016

    Superman #1 is light, even compared to the rest of the debut issues of the DC Rebirth relaunches but it's grounded in character. It's a reflection of the optimism and sense of wish fulfillment that's intrinsic to Superman while telling a thoroughly grounded story about the ugly, frustrating side of growing up. A last page reveal seems to focus the story around Clark and Jon's relationship and it's a compelling hook that doesn't have the weight of years of Kryptonian continuity. If there's an entry point in DC's new wave of Superman comics, this is it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jun 15, 2016

    Superman #1 is an interesting reintroduction to the character after the last five years and certainly after his Rebirth chapter. Im excited to see where the story goes, particularly with Jon maintaining much of the focus, while also hesitant about what this means for the Big Blue Boy Scout. This first installment of the new Superman series is intriguing, holding more mystery than I expected. This team feels solid and seem as though theyre ready to tell an important story through their art and writing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 15, 2016

    We're entering a new chapter in the life of Superman. With the return of the classic (and married) Superman, we're seeing the Last Son of Krypton in a new light. Superman's has always had to juggle his personal life with his superhero antics, but now he has a wife and kid to worry about as well. Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are the perfect pair to depict the life of a superpowered father and son. Since this isn't your typical Superman comic, it'll be interesting to see where the series goes. How much superhero antics will there be versus the depiction of a family life. Superman is back, but this isn't the Man of Steel you've seen before. Read Full Review

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

    So overall, I liked the Clark/Lois interaction. I liked the opening scene a ton. I love this ending which makes sense. But that cat scene is such a downer. I was hoping that Jon would go into the Super-Sons book untarnished. He would be the bright, sunny foil to the brooding Damien. That bloody pet death just soured my feeling for the whole book a bit. It seemed an unnecessary plot point to move Jon's story along. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 15, 2016

    Superman #1 is head and shoulders above the rest of the Rebirth titles despite its flaws, because all of the awkward hoops that needed to be jumped through to get us here are in the past. Tomasi and Gleason get to actually dive into their concept rather than make excuses for it (a la Wonder Woman), and we start to see the true potential of the book. Add that to the fact that Gleason, Gray and Kalisz are such a cohesive artistic unit, and you've got something really special on your hands. This creative team might be going back to the well with a central idea but they've proven that they can twist that concept in the past to tell great stories. Their work here is no different. For the first time in a long time, we are getting what feels like a truly definitive take on Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jun 19, 2016

    Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason started strong as the new creative team for the Rebirth restoration of the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 20, 2016

    I never imagined that this is the Superman comic I would embrace, but it feels so good to be swept up in the Superman mythos after so many years of ennui, that Im just happy to go along for the super-ride. As usual, Tomasi and Gleason are a team that compliments each other nicely as we finally have a Superman book with purpose and direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 15, 2016

    While some may feel that this series starts out with an odd note.......(Hell, I'm kind of with those people, but I'm okay with it) I can't help but be excited for what the creative team from Batman and Robin will bring to Superman, especially since this issue and possibly the whole series is so Jon heavy.  Yeah, we have a lot of doom and gloom right away, but when dealing with powers no average person should have, you're bound to see some missteps along the way and the grounding of this issue with those missteps makes it feel pretty powerful.   Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 28, 2016

    Superman #1 an easily readable comic, but the whole ‘second Superman' opening was a little odd, with the Pre-Flashpoint Superman honoring the previous version at his grave. So whilst the opening might be tricky for new readers, it progresses a lot better. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Liam Budd Jun 17, 2016

    A very good start to this particular Superman book. If the focus remains on Jonathan, it could turn out to be one of the most surprising, all-ages book of the year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 16, 2016

    "Superman" #1 is a little slow in some aspects, but it's enjoyable. Tomasi, Gleason and Gray have carefully crafted what the home life of the Kents is like, and the conflicts that happen here are small and internal even as the outside world starts to close in on them. It's a good take on the characters, and I'm ready to see more. All-in-all, "Sueprman" #1 is an above-average start to the series, with lots of potential for some genuinely great super-heroics before long. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 15, 2016

    While this was not a bad read at all, I felt it started things off a little slower than what I would expect from a book titled Superman #1. I have an inkling this may be one of those "reads better as a trade" cases. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 15, 2016

    Superman #1 was a good comic, but not a great one. It was primarily about setting things up and unfortunately not a lot else. What it had and teased for the future that seems promising, the story itself here needed a bit more meat to its bones. What saved the issue though was Tomasi's writing and Gleason's terrific artwork, both being very good and keeping me interested in wanting to see how things play out. Overall, not a bad issue, but not as great as other Rebirth comics out there right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 16, 2016

    Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason seem to be creating something special with this book, and are finally fulfilling what lots of comics fans have been wondering about over the years "what would a Superman family actually look like? I can safely say most fans have been wondering for years what Lois and Clark would be like as Super parents much more so than seeing a young Superman date Wonder Woman. I honestly hope this is the version of Superman that sticks around for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jun 15, 2016

    They don't seem to know what kind of book they want to write. Is this a super violent Superman comic for adolescents? Or is this the story of how Emo Clark Kent from another universe relearns how to be a heroic beacon of hope? In reality, it's probably a mix of both, but neither really sounds like something worth reading a couple times a month. For goodness' sake, this is a version of Lois Lane who writes under a pseudonym to stay out of the public eye. Have you ever heard of something that sounded less like Lois Lane?! Listen, it makes sense, these versions of the character are meant as a metaphor the extreme fear of Otherness permeating American culture right now. This Clark and Lois have seen the dangers of being open about your different-ness and they're acting accordingly. But it was easier to root for them when they were heroes instead of cowards Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Austin Lanari Jun 15, 2016

    Most of the conversational sequences feel verbose and cramped, with the minimally talky closing sequence setting up the future of this comic. The inks feel blocky and heavy-handed at times, but for the most part it fits the tone the book is shooting for. And the cover… well, the cover is clunky, as seems to be the case with the rest of the Rebirth books so far. Thereal Clark might be back (actually, isn't eventhisSuperman not the original one?), but I'm not sure the tight, iconic visual identity that we associate with the Man of Steel returned with him. Hey, at least they brought back the original numbering of Action Comics: good to know DC is focusing on the important things. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...