Superman #33

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 18, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 23
7.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

""IMPERIUS LEX!" Part One It's a game of thrones on Apokolips as the lords of the dreaded world battle each other to claim its rule. Lex Luthor is summoned back to the warring planet, and he will need Superman to help him reclaim a crown he did not ask for. Meanwhile, Lois is confronted by the Female Furies and Jon faces the Children of the Firepits..

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Oct 24, 2017

    It is very easy to recommend this book. The narrative flows swiftly but gives us everything we need to know, the art is sublime and compliments the story beautifully, and we get to see an honest to goodness three-dimensional representation of Lex Luthor! I am already excited to see just where this journey leads us and just how much of a strain it will put on our two Supermen. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 20, 2017

    This just what an opening chapter should do. We get a foundation for the characters and their motivations. The Lex/Superman lovefest was a very fresh sort of take on things. And this ending makes me want to read the next chapter now. But throw in a new Ardora and you have me! Fascinating. Great stuff this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 18, 2017

    Superman (and family) & Luthor on Apokolips with all of Darkseids goons gunning for them? This has all the elements for another exceptional Superman arc. Anyone worried about Supermans status in Rebirth will easily put those concerns to rest with this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Oct 18, 2017

    Tomasi and Gleason are back in full force, and I wholeheartedly recommend this issue to everyone. This is the Superman that brought people back in Rebirth, and Mahnke's art is quite excellent. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Oct 18, 2017

    Given the recent Action Comics and previous Superman story arc, it's nice to see an old-fashioned superhero story that is not bathed in current events. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Oct 18, 2017

    Overall, Superman 33 is a return to form and even though there is quite a bit of exposition at the beginning of the chapter, it certainly evens out toward the middle and especially toward the end. This is truly a book I can recommend, and it is nice to see Superman in good hands again! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Oct 18, 2017

    “Imperius Lex” lays the groundwork for the next big Superman story arc with an interesting premise, stretching back to the finale of the Darkseid War and a more deadly take on the “fish out of water” trope with our Super Family. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 18, 2017

    Superman #33 is a fast-paced book that fans will tear through with excitement. Any Superman arc that involves Apokolips is alright with me; expect an epic next few issues folks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Oct 18, 2017

    The standard creative team of Tomasi, Gleason, and Mahnke make a triumphant return with the first issue of what promises to be an explosive story about the Kents on Apokolips and Luthor on the throne. They do a solid job setting up the story and establishing the initial players while still making room for some individual moments. Seeing Lex and Superman work together is almost as cute as seeing the Kent family debate about what to have for dinner, and the issue even has time to showcase Superman and Superboy fighting giant robots. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - manxsteel01 Oct 30, 2017

    Yet another satisfying issue from Tomasi & Gleason, as they continue to prove they can give us wonderful Superman stories. Mahnke & Mendoza continue to have exceptional art from panel to panel. I love the family dynamic in Rebirth for Supes, but having Jon and Lois on Apokolips is considerably extreme, (when is it not? Dinosaurs & eradicator moon battle, etc.) But will be interesting to see what happens to both of them during the story. Any DC comic readers interested in knowing if there will be a corrupt Lex Luthor return should jump on, as I believe this story will be perceptive as to whom Lex Luthor really is. Imperius Lex arc promises an epic concept but we will have to stay tuned to see if it follows through. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 18, 2017

    Superman is back with Tomasi and Gleason at the helm and that's just the start of the awesomeness because we're getting back to some loose threads from the Darkseid War and I couldn't be happier.  The art in this issue is incredible and I can't wait to see where this story goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Connor Willesden Oct 18, 2017

    The issue has some really great moments and a good opener to the arc, however the inclusion of Jon into the story is one that so far may or may not be needed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 19, 2017

    This was a fun story, leading up to what promises to be an exciting anniversary issue. I can hardly wait to see what Tomasi and Gleason have for us in the 800th issue of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 19, 2017

    Final Verdict: 7.9 " “Superman” #33 has a point to make about Lex Luthor and is using the New Gods to say it! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Oct 19, 2017

    It's doubtful that Luthor will remain in the light for much longer, but at least this opening chapter is entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 14, 2018

    Doug Mahnke is a god in comics and his work here was very pleasing. He does grit like no one else. While Patrick Gleason learned from him, Mahnke is still the original master. Of course, he was given a comic with larger cinemascope panels where he did not necessarily need to drawn transitions between vignettes. This lack of transition, even in the action scenes make the comic less fluid when reading it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 21, 2017

    Superman #33 is a very good start to the "Imperius Lex" story arc. Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are able to get across how epic this Lex Luthor-centric arc will be with Apokolips being the main setting for the story. The way Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane are integrated into what is going on in Apokolips creates even further potential in what will happen in this new story arc. All this comes together for a story that Superman fans won't want to miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Oct 25, 2017

    Despite having a fun team-up between Metropolis' protectors, the first chapter of the Imperius Lex arc falls short. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Oct 18, 2017

    Overall, I hope the next few books do better at pulling readers into this story because while I can kind of see how this ends, its getting me to care about the end thats needed for me to stay with this story. Read Full Review

  • 0.0
    Comic Watch - jzwilson Oct 27, 2017

    Superman remains one of DCs best books when the focus is primarily on family. A weaker issue of the Tomasi/Gleason Superman, but still a better comic than most books currently on the stands. Read Full Review

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