Superman #12

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 42
8.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

"SINISTER PURPOSE" part one! Frankenstein has come to Hamilton County, home of Superman, and Hell has come with him. It's Man of Steel vs. the Monster to save the life of someone in the town with a horrifying secret.

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 9, 2016

    So overall, this was a punch-em-up issue whose highlight was the fight. But I loved that so many little moments of humor and old-fashioned Superman goodness were peppered throughout. And that cliffhanger? Just what is happening in Hamilton? Only 12 days til we find out! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 7, 2016

    Superman kicks off its new arc, Super Monster, and there's no reason to suspect this won't be another fun read from a creative team on the top of their game. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Dec 13, 2016

    Superman feels like icon again, this is a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Dillyn Chadwick Dec 7, 2016

    Overall, I was very happy with this issue. Coming back to the ongoing story of Superman after annuals week and it being really good was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed the set up to the new story with Frankenstein showing up into town and duking it out with Supes. Tomasi and Gleason are still knocking it out of the park with a fun story and Mahnke knocking it as well with awesome art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Dec 12, 2016

    The crisp-clean line work is brought to life with a hefty dose of vibrant, glowing color from Wil Quintana, rounding out what ends up being a beautiful looking, well-written, and all-around fun Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 8, 2016

    There's really nothing wrong the execution here, but the script still feels a little too straightforward and spartan compared to what's come before. Still, there's a lot to be said for the idea of Superman battling SHADE's top enforcer. It's certainly a pairing that plays well to Doug Mahnke's storytelling strengths. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 7, 2016

    Superman #12's Super-Monster should give monster maniacs a run for their money with some exciting twists thrown in too. There's good action and intrigue for sure and though this issue doesn't do a lot, it does the things it sets out to do well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 7, 2016

    This title is the jewel in the crown of DC's Rebirth line. Tomasi and Gleason have made reading about Superman's adventures fun again and I hope they continue their run on this title for a long time to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Dec 11, 2016

    Lois is back after a conspicuous absence, and her effort to make her mark in Hamilton County places her in the path of Frankenstein but why is the undead S.H.A.D.E. agent targeting the publisher of The Hamilton Horn? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Dec 7, 2016

    If you're already reading Superman, then this issue shouldn't make you want to stop. It's a fun small arc that will run only two issues, so we will see it come to an end in two weeks. If you aren't reading Superman, this is a good issue to jump onto, as you don't need much backstory to understand what is happening. There are a few small things that were in past issues or Action Comics, but they're not that important to the overall plot of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 7, 2016

    If you've been missing Frankenstein like I have, well maybe this is the issue for you.  Yeah, we don't get any explanation about why Frankenstein is working for SHADE again or why Lois is able to keep such wonderful toys in her backpack, but we do get a fun issue that offers up some laughs, some fights and some amazing art and colors all the way through. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Dec 8, 2016

    A fun issue with strong art, but somewhat below par for this creative team. Read Full Review

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