Superman #34

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Artist: Ed Benes, Jackson Herbert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 1, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 22
8.1Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

"IMPERIUS REX" part two! As the conflict continues, Superman teams with Lex Luthor to bring peace to a leaderless and warring Apokolips as a new warrior enters the battlefield: Lois Lane, female fury. May Granny Goodness have mercy on all their souls...

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 3, 2017

    The last page sets up Jon's adventure. But between the very intriguing early pages with Lex and this high stakes shoot-out with Lois, I got two stories that pulled me right in. And I want more. Now. That is always a good sign. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Nov 3, 2017

    Superman #34 is a good return to form, and it is going to be interesting to see how this story ends. It could bring upon a return of one of DC's favorite villains. The family dynamic that Tomasi and Gleason bring is as strong as ever, filling that requirement for a good Superman story as well! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 20, 2017

    Imperius Lex continues with the focus falling on Lois Lane's survival on Apokolips. The story is excellent and the visuals good, with Lois getting a cool, new look. This is shaping up to be one of the Man of Steel's greatest sagas. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 1, 2017

    A strong issue that sets up each of the characters for what's to come well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 1, 2017

    Story flow complaints aside, this is the kind of fun, crazy scenario that makes Superman such a fun read. Weve seen Superman lost in Apokolips before, but with his family and arch-enemy along for the ride, it offers a fresh, unpredictable read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Nov 1, 2017

    When Jack Kirby took us to Apokolips, it always had a paradoxical feel of fun and high adventure mixed with fear and a hellish horror landscape. Tomasi and Gleason's depiction definitely lives up to that legacy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Nov 1, 2017

    The story ends with Jonathan surrounded by a group of dog-wielding armored men who threaten to capture and eat him. Jonathan easily smashes his way through the group; however, the story ends with the group of men chasing him toward the edge of a cliff. As he flies off the cliff, the villains yell, Theres nowhere to run on Apokolips. Perhaps a play on words as Jonathan was flying off the cliff? The interesting part of this exchange is that Jonathan cannot fly. Has Jonathan demonstrated a different power set on Apokolips then he did on earth? Or, is he demonstrating a permanent sign of maturity gaining the power to fly at a very opportune moment? I can hardly wait to see how this story advances Superman as Imperius, Jonathan and his new powers, and Lois as the newest member of the Female Furies. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Blair Marnell Nov 2, 2017

    Herbert deserves a permanent place on DC's A-list books, instead of the fill-in pages he got here. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Nov 4, 2017

    Writers Tomasi and Gleason really capture these characters and it's so refreshing to see the definitive world of Apokolips again. Although Superman was only in a panel or two, it was great reading about Lois, Lex and Jon. Assisting with the story are artists Ed Benes, Doug Mahnke and Jack Herbert who capture these characters perfectly with excellent dynamic panels, emotions and this summer blockbuster feel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 2, 2017

    The story is set on a massive scale, where Superman and his family " along with Lex Luthor " may well be determining the future of Apokolips itself. Superman continues to be one of DC's finest titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Nov 8, 2017

    It will be interesting to see how Lex plans to get out of his current predicament and just what will become of Jon in the next issue. Lois will likely continue to feature predominantly as she searches for her son knowing that Clark can handle himself, and its great to finally see the Kents working as part of a team rather than just followers of Superman. This is a fantastic tale that serves to further cement the connections between Clark and his family, although it may also serve to make Lex seem a little less heroic at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Nov 1, 2017

    This issue isn't as strong as the previous issue but Lois gets a whole bunch of moments to shine, while Tomasi and Gleason slowly progress the Superman and Jon plots. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 1, 2017

    While this issue of Superman is a fun read, it's fast as hell and doesn't accomplish a whole lot besides for setting up Superman, Lois and Luthor for the actual story that we want to see.  The art was fantastic, but at the end of the day, I just wanted more from this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Jericho Wilson Nov 5, 2017

    But for a Superman book where he only appears on 1 page, this was only mildly satisfyinga light appetizer for the main course at the end instead of providing a tasty middle to keep us full yet hungry for more. If youre going to focus on Lois for most of the book, we need more than droning exposition, trite firefights and so-so comebacks from Mrs. Superman herself. Heres hoping the ending truly fulfills us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Nov 1, 2017

    While the art has improved, the out of character actions of the cast drag the story and the issue down. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Dec 12, 2017

    Hopefully, Superman #34 is just a filler story between greater arcs. Hopefully. Read Full Review

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