Superman #40

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 17
7.2Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

"SUICIDE PLANET" part one! Far away in a distant solar system, a world stands on the brink of destruction, much as Krypton did so many years ago. As Superman and son venture off into space to help, an unexpected adversary stops our heroes dead in their tracks: these people wish to die.

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 6, 2018

    I'm stoked to see James Robinson and Doug Mahnke teamed up on an issue of Superman. I don't know how else to put it. I'm stoked and can't wait for the next issue from the two of them. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 7, 2018

    Robinson adds some late twists that look to make the second chapter more unique. Despite the unfortunate timing of the Green Lanterns story, Robinson seems to have enough differences to make this story stand on its own. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Feb 7, 2018

    "SUICIDE PLANET" part one! Far away in a distant solar system, a world stands on the brink of destruction, much as Krypton did so many years ago. As Superman and son venture off into space to help, an unexpected adversary stops our heroes dead in their tracks: these people wish to die. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 7, 2018

    This is a good start to a new arc that features Superman and Superboy going on an adventure to stop a tragedy similar to Krypton. It might require Superman to make some rather rash decisions, but the underlying story of religious zealots ruining everything is well timed and relatable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Feb 8, 2018

    "Superman" #40 is an impressive way for Robinson to join DC's flagship title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 9, 2018

    It seems to me that this title is at its best when it has focused on Superman and his family adventuring together. Despite DC's reluctance to allow major changes to Superman's status quo, family life really seems to suit Superman. This title demonstrates perfectly how DC is moving into the future while staying true to their past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 9, 2018

    So will this descend into some quagmire of preachiness? Or will this rise up and be a science fiction parable told well? In the current comic market, both are equally possible. But I have some faith in Robinson and Mahnke. So fingers crossed. And while I'm glad Supergirl is mentioned, I would have loved to see her a bit more. Given that she was old enough to feel the pain of Krypton's destruction, she probably would have been very interested in saving Galymayne. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 8, 2018

    This isn't a masterpiece, but it's off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 7, 2018

    It's not a standout issue, but it does hit most of the intended points and I actually enjoyed it more than quite a few of the arcs by the main creators. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Feb 7, 2018

    I don't want to say it falls flat. Robinson weaves his narrative into the preexisting canon and thematically, it builds off The Oz Effect and the idea of a lost home, and Super Sons of Tomorrow and Jon's attempt to take control of his personal life. But it's rough around the edges, a bit heavy handed at points, and too on the nose. The issue has its moments though, and if you're fan of Superman, you'll find something to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 6, 2018

    Superman #40 is a decent if somewhat-troubled excursion to a dying world in an attempt to stop history from repeating itself. Its not perfect, but its fun enough. Plus, Mahnke, Mendoza, Hanna, and Quintana bring some great art to the table. I can recommend this, even if its not a must-buy. Feel free to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Brazen Bull - Ben Peterson Feb 7, 2018

    Superman fans will not be disappointed. Superman (2016-) #40 is asolid story that doesn't reveal too much too soon and ultimately generates interest for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Feb 7, 2018

    This is a pretty basic story, and it's frustrating to see Tomasi and Gleason off the book for yet another hiatus, but the story we get here is fun enough with some great father/son moments peppered throughout. The artwork is strong and I look forward to reading the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Feb 7, 2018

    All in all, Superman #40 is an average chapter in what has mostly been a rather stellar Superman book. Its not bad, at all, its just nothing special, but the story does have the potential to get better. Robinson introduces some interesting wrinkles into the whole thing and Mahnkes art is great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Feb 7, 2018

    Though SUPERMAN #40 has its moments of intrigue, it falls flat in too many aspects to make the issue a notable one. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 7, 2018

    This feels like it's going to be a controversial issue for some people and while I don't want any parts of that or any talk associated with that.......... this is an alright start to an arc, but some of the character moments feel weird and possibly even forced to get us to where our hero needs to be for this arc to exist.  The art was great and I look forward to hopefully seeing more Doug Mahnke on this title, but overall, this issue felt a bit weird. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Feb 13, 2018

    If anyone ever wants to contact me, look me up in my groupfor the love of comic books, I also have several comic pages dedicated to my various true loves,Batman,Spider-man,Marvel,Oldie GoldiesandHats! (Long story on that last one haha) or on Twitter@johnbatusijack Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Feb 7, 2018

    As Action Comics and Superman move ever closer to a titanic landmark issue and big change in creative lineups, it's hard to not read Superman #40 as filler. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 9, 2018

    Unfortunately, James Robinson has no handle on young Jon Kent's voice or his dynamic with Superman. So instead of a heartwarming father-son team-up, we get a grating rehash complete with a heavy-handed philosophical bent. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Feb 7, 2018

    What starts as an interesting lesson about preserving Krypton's legacy devolves into a rehashed story from the Green Lanterns series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Feb 7, 2018

    Ultimately, I would not recommend picking up this book. The exposition is clunky and paint-by-numbers. There is very little about the story that engages the reader. The characters do not advance, and, even the new characters are given motivations that are boring and played out. This issues feels like a filler. Read Full Review

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