Superman #42

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Artist: Patrick Gleason, Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 7, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 17
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

"BOYzarro RE-DEATH" part one! It's a bizarre, Boyzarro world-and we just live in it! When Superboy comes face to face with Boyzarro, the Son of Bizzaro, a strange transformation begins to take place. But that's not all that the Kents have knocking on their door! Superman versus Bizarro round one am not just the beginning!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 7, 2018

    This was a fun issue, and makes me look forward for the following issues in the arc, while making me sad that there are only a few issues left of Tomasi and Gleason's amazing run on the title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 7, 2018

    Bizarroverse got off to a terrible…sorry, great start and is one of my top recommendations for this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Mar 9, 2018

    The whole thing crackles with contrast. I hope Brian Michael Bendis means it when he says he is building on things and not erasing the board. I hope we get this same dynamic in his books. But even if we don't, I have had these two years and I have been a happy Superman fan. I haven't always been able to say that. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Mar 7, 2018

    While it's unclear if the story ahead is going to be a comedy or a drama, it's clearly going to be another great story by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Mar 7, 2018

    Superman #42 ends with a big GOOD-BYE! that would be an awesome one-page story all by itself, thanks to the masterful work of Gleason, Tomasi, Sanchez, and Leigh. This issue has nineteen more pages though, and is only the start of Bizarroverse. Down, down, and nearby! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 7, 2018

    It is a very poetic way to end with a Bizarro storyline. I'm sad to see the end. But by that same virtue, I'm happy to have Gleason and Tomasi back in the driver's seat, showing off how much they love and respect the Superfamily. I'm happy that the start of this arc is bringing everything full circle for an appropriate bookend. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 12, 2018

    If family is Superman's greatest power, then it is absolutely Bizarro's Kryptonite - and watching him struggle proves to be a potent and subversive experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 7, 2018

    Superman (2016-) #42 is one of the best Superman comic books that I've read in quite some time thanks to its focus having been placed on Bizarro and his son Boyzarro. Enticing illustrations and an incredibly well-written script make this issue one not to miss. Tomasi and Gleason have done a great job with their time in Bizarro World and I am eager to see where they'll take us next as this story progresses. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 7, 2018

    This is a fantastic setup issue that introduces readers old and new to the world of Bizarro and his new son. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Mar 7, 2018

    "BOYzarro RE-DEATH" part one! It's a bizarre, Boyzarro world-and we just live in it! When Superboy comes face to face with Boyzarro, the Son of Bizzaro, a strange transformation begins to take place. But that's not all that the Kents have knocking on their door! Superman versus Bizarro round one am not just the beginning! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - David Lee Martins Mar 8, 2018

    I give this issue 4 out of 5 stars. It's a high-quality issue that serves its purpose in setting up the Bizarroverse storyline and continuing the strong family theme. As someone who loves Bizarro and the Superman family dynamic, I thoroughly enjoyed the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Mar 7, 2018

    Going into this book, I anticipated that this would be a filler issue and that it wouldn't be very interesting. However, the Bizarro-connection drew me in, as well as Kathy and Jonathan's friendship Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 7, 2018

    The Bizarro section is full of little things like that and it makes the issue that much better. Bizarro stories should always be mixes of the ridiculous and the serious. Some creators err too far to either side and the story falls flat, but so far, Tomasi and Gleason have struck a great balance. The rest of the book contrasts with that opening section, while also setting up a nice thematic resonance with it. The first few pages are a little jarring, but sticking with it rewards the reader with a smart and fun Bizarro story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Mar 16, 2018

    Patrick Gleason is one of the most influential and, most recognizable, and most groundbreaking artist of the past two decades. There's little more praise that I can heft upon him beside the fact that he is one of my favorite mainstream superhero artists of all time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 7, 2018

    A good start to a story that aims to explore Bizarro's family vs. Superman's. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Mar 6, 2018

    Bizarro stories are hard to tell and this one is actually really good. Great Superman story as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Mar 7, 2018

    Superman #42 is a good superhero comic book story. It is a nice setup issue for a new story arc. Nothing crazy or exceptional happens, but nonetheless, it looks like it could be a fun story. I am interested to see how the writing team handles Bizarro, as he is a character that can get old pretty fast if not handled correctly. Especially if he is the main crutch of the story being told. The art is fantastic and the real highlight of this issue. An intriguing storyline and superb artwork have me hooked for at least one more issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Mar 8, 2018

    The dynamic that this team helped to establish as the start of the series is still warm, but certainly doesn't burn as brightly as it did then. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 8, 2018

    All in all, Superman #42 is a fun enough read. It has its flaws, but I finished it satisfied with the experience. The Bizarro section is funny, and the art is great. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Mar 9, 2018

    SUPERMAN #42 is a unique and strange tale. However, despite its potential to be an intriguing journey, it fails to establish engaging characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Russ Burlingame Mar 7, 2018

    Writer Peter J. Tomasi and writer/artist Patrick Gleason create an issue that is both incredibly clever in its structure and yet a bit of a slog to actually get through. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 7, 2018

    Putting my hate aside for Bizarro speech, this is a decent setup issue for this arc, that reintroduces characters from this series and from different worlds.  I really enjoy the art, but I have a hell of a time trying to understand what any Bizarro character is talking about and I'm afraid that we're going to get a lot more of that going forward. Read Full Review

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