Superman #3

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Artist: Jorge Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 55
8.0Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

"THE SON OF SUPERMAN" Chapter Three: In #3, with a touch that means death, the Eradicator proves he's a match for Superman, but his super-powered offspring may be more than anyone can handle-including the Man of Tomorrow.

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jul 23, 2016

    The artwork was gorgeous and the story combined stirring action, plot progression, and emotional weight while conveying its themes effectively. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jul 20, 2016

    In yet another story of old continuity Superman facing a familiar foe we learn of Eradicators new found mission. Does trusting this new Eradicator end up paying off for Superman? Tomasi and Gleason deliver another great chapter in Son of Superman Part Three. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Lauren Bullock Jul 20, 2016

    The ability to combine backstory, introduce new characters, continue to focus on the emergency that is Jon's unstable powers, and still support Lois as the strong woman and parent she is without missing a beat illustrates the sort of superior storytelling all of DC Comics should be aspiring to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Corbin Jul 21, 2016

    DC Comics has a 3 issue feat streak with one of the most popular comic book titles in history, Superman. Not only does Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi make a storyline that fits perfect for Superman, they make this issue feel alive in the reader by the panels and drawings that have incredible passion in them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jul 20, 2016

    Superman #3 assuredly doesn't disappoint because of its ability to draw on the emotion and intrigue of the previous issues while increasing the emotional tension of the events surrounding this specific Kent family. I like the touches of Superman's past, no matter the continuity, and how they affect the timeline as it is now. Every character is dynamic and compelling, and the story continues to build into something powerful. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Jul 19, 2016

    Thisis a strong issue in a Superman series that feels confident in its storytelling. It's enjoyable and fun while keeping the stakes high. At its heart stands a hero that feels like Superman again, ready to do the right thing with a smile on his face. This time around, he just wants to save his son. Hopefully this story arc stays consistent and strong, and I'll keep coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Jul 20, 2016

    Superman continues to tell a gripping story while focusing on the family of our once and future Superman - it's combining elements that are new to the Kents (and the reader), while still addressing a past that Clark shares with long-time readers. I can't get enough of this book, even though this ending took its toll on my heartbox... Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 20, 2016

    This creative team is absolutely delivering with every issue and packing so much in to do it too! Superman has new life and it's partially thanks for looking back and embracing his past. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 21, 2016

    Jimenez's bold character designs and hard-hitting action make a grand statement and should go a long way towards building excitement for the upcoming Super Sons series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Jul 20, 2016

    Overall, in 3 issues, I am hoping that Tomasi can stay on for a very long run. The problem that DC has had is that with its flagship title is that it's gone through too many hands during the New 52 phase. So far, I really like what Tomasi is bringing us back to: a time when Kal-el and Lois were married, and now they have a son with his powers. But the progression is not going to be easy. Where Damian Wayne had a hard time adjusting socially, it looks like Jon will have a curve of learning how his human body works with his Kryptonian powers. This will not just be a kid who just automatically be “the next Superman.” Jon's issues will come and he will have to learn to deal with them. Let's enjoy this while we can and hope that DC does not do another reboot in a year, wiping them out yet again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Jul 22, 2016

    Ultimately, I enjoyed this issue. While it wasn't the most interesting or action packed issue, it was an entertaining stop-gap, and if Eradicators plan succeeds could have lasting implications for Jon. It will be nice to finally get some answers about what is going on and why Jon's powers seem so inconsistent, and I believe we will have some of these answers in the coming issues. It was a fun read, and I'm looking forward to future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 20, 2016

    Superman #3 is a very claustrophobic issue, with most of the action occurring in the same room. But it shows that a comic doesn't have to be go jet setting across the globe to be an interesting story. Make sure you keep up to date with the latest DC Comics news and reviews here at Heroes Direct. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Jul 20, 2016

    Superman #3 is another great relationship issue for this series, and the series is quickly becoming one of the standout Rebirth titles. Jorge Jimenez' dynamic art melds wonderfully with Tomasi and Gleasons' script and while the Krypton narrative is forgettable, the family dynamic more than makes up for it. If you're a fan of great Superman stories or are a fan of relationship charged books, then Superman #3 and this series as a whole is worth your while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jul 20, 2016

    Despite my quibbles over Clark's temper issues, I still loved the story. Each issue brings us a little closer to Jon taking up the mantle of Superboy, which is proving a fascinating journey. I can hardly wait until Jon lets his rage loose on the Eradicator next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 20, 2016

    Still the best written and most worthy of the time investment three issues of a Superman comic book published since before the launch of The New 52, Superman will stay on my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 20, 2016

    While this issue of Superman really pads out the story with excessive fights, it also packs an emotional punch by the end and really makes the whole issue worthwhile.  Even though the action is a little heavy here, it's presented wonderfully though with Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez on art and colors.  All in all we get a cool new/old villain to look forward to and father and son doing all they can to stop him....... and that sounds awesome. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 20, 2016

    Superman #3 is a step back from the last issue, but it isn't something awful either. While there was little story happening until the end and we had a switch of artists, the writing was still good and the artwork was nice to look at. Hopefully things pick up and stay on the move with the story next time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 22, 2016

    I know. I shouldn't jump to conclusions. Maybe I will grow to like this Eradicator like I did the last. Maybe he just needs to be educated a bit. But after the Goldie incident, this seems like too much too soon. All that said, Jorge Jimenez' art is fantastic. There is some panache here, a stylized approach that draws me into the story instead of distracting me. I am glad he will eventually be on a monthly. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jul 20, 2016

    In some ways, "Son of Superman" is still an odd arc to start off the Rebirth version of Superman, effectively reintroducing the old-school through the eyes of a potentially powerful new character in his own right. At the same time, while Tomasi and Gleason don't rely on prior knowledge of the characters, their assumptions of what readers know about these "classic" versions is a potential roadblock given that it's been at least five years since this version of Supes has been "current." Even so, there's an undeniable classicism in the book, and only time will tell if it's drawing deep on the legacy, or simply caught up in the spell of nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jul 20, 2016

    Superman #3 had a lot to live up to. The previous issues were building a comic dynamic unlike any other in both breathtaking and captivating fashions. The family remains but the tension and heart seems to have lessened. With characters ignoring simple logic, and a plot that could have been no more than a few pages, this issue feels like a misstep. Relevant is the fact that it's the first issue without Gleason's art, though Jorge Jimenez's work here is just as strong as his success with Earth 2: Society. Superman and Lois seem stagnant compared to the growth of their son in these pages. Jon Kent has come to a critical moment but unfortunately he does so in a mediocre way. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 21, 2016

    If lacking the dramatic weight some of the previous Superman issues have had thus far, it's nonetheless an entertaining read. Coloured beautifully in many places, with a story which balances current action with mythology baiting historical touchstones, there's plenty to enjoy both in this issue and one suspects in a much darker and more personally troubling arc for Superman yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Austin Lanari Jul 20, 2016

    The problem with making Jon the locus is it turns Superman into this hyper-defensive, Mel Gibson shouting “GIVEMEBACKMYSON” type of father, and every time there's even a hint of threat to his son, he just goes straight to punching. While I understand that defending his wife and child in this sort-of-foreign earth has put Supes on edge, you'd think that even when it comes to defending his family he would be a little more… admirable. Yeah, yeah, it's great that he's defending his family, and when the threats are this serious it's not like I want him to smile and nod; but, at a certain point, continuously putting him in this position is going to make him a pretty one-dimensional character. Specifically because I expect Superman to do anything to protect his wife and his blood it's a bad idea to just make him punchy-punch family man every single issue. Read Full Review

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