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Superman: Special #1

Writer: Ian Flynn, Patrick Gleason, Mark Russell Artist: Scott Godlewski, Bryan Hitch, Kaare Andrews Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 16, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

"THE PROMISE"! Superman's world is about to change in a big way, but before it does, the Man of Steel has some unfinished business to attend to...on Dinosaur Island! Superman and a forgotten soldier of the past take one last trip together into the abyss of tomorrow, as Captain Storm now stands face-to-face with the world of today! This extra-sized special also features stories by writers Mark Russell and Ian Flynn with art by Kaare Andrews and Bryan Hitch!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil May 16, 2018

    Overall, I was impressed and my final judgement of the issue is based primarily on the main story. Where issue #45 served as a fine finale for the series, this special made an excellent encore performance. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Damon Cagnolatti May 22, 2018

    Tomasi's farewell special is an excellent capstone to an engaging run that retrofitted Superman's character as a hero, husband, and father. Tomasi's final tale makes good on DC's promise to fans with the launch of Rebirth to bring back character-driven stories, hero legacy, and a sense of excitement to comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 17, 2018

    Superman Special #1 provides an endearing and enjoyable tale to see off Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason from the title while showing off some great work from other creators. This was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder May 16, 2018

    Interestingly enough, each of these stories had enough merit to warrant their own issue. The combination of all three into a single package makes this is a very desirable issue for the Superman fan, particularly for those who loved the Tomasi/Gleason run. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan May 16, 2018

    One word: dinosaurs. As a fan of Land before Time and Jurassic Park, I can not help but to have a soft spot for any story that features prehistoric creatures. The writers do a great job visually crafting the animals, while adding a new twist to the classic dinosaur story. As for the two other stories in the issue, both work well with themes in "Escape from Dinosaur Island" as they incorporate the past into the stories. All in all, a classic tale with a just a slight twist. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 18, 2018

    That said, the best thing about this story is Andrews' art. I love his style and that middle panel with Superman punching and Shockwave being all discombobulated is palpably spectacular. Love it. So bring on Bendis. The lights are officially off on Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 16, 2018

    Two of the three are excellent and the third ain't so bad either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 16, 2018

    No big surprises in this issue, but all three tales are fun, classic Superman with a good 90's vibe right before Bendis upends everything. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm May 16, 2018

    The art was more cartoony in a jagged way, which fit the story. I highly recommend this issue for the messages it provides and the example it gives of Superman's value system. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 18, 2018

    While the two backup stories seem to clash in terms of their stories and art, everybody here puts in great work, making Superman Special #1 a wonderful book to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Russ Burlingame May 16, 2018

    This one feels a lot less cobbled together than the Action Comics Special from earlier this week did, and also a bit more grounded with recent events since the Tomasi & Gleason story picks up threads directly from their run on Superman. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina May 16, 2018

    SUPERMAN SPECIAL #1 presents three, straightforward adventures that may not be equal in quality, but, overall, they manage to merge into a series of tales that Superman fans will enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Chris Egan May 21, 2018

    A fun over-sized issue with good writing and great art filled with Superman adventures that both avid readers and casual fans can pick up and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Outright Geekery - Tony Dillard May 16, 2018

    Overall, this book is a good Superman title, but unlike it's name, there just isn't anything special about this Special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Deron Generally May 15, 2018

    Ultimately, as snippets of Superman stories, this issue works and the first story definitely ties up some loose ends from another arc, but there doesn't really seem to be a compelling reason for this issue in the first place and it feels like filler before a better story begins. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 16, 2018

    While this just continues the celebration of Superman like we got with the Action Comics Special, this issue's stories seem to work better together for me and I found myself really enjoying the final story when I really thought I'd be reading this issue just for Tomasi and Gleason's send off. With that though, there's things to love in each of these and the art was great all throughout. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina May 17, 2018

    It really deserved a better cover. Otherwise it was probably one of the best Superman stories I've read lately , truly an outstanding read. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Damien Becton May 16, 2018

    While Superman Special #1 has some good things going for it, mostly the awesome artists carrying the issue, it definitely is not worth the $4.99 price tag. Perhaps if the main story was cut a little shorter, and the two featured stories got a little more time to be fleshed out, this book would have fared better. Instead, we got a relatively expensive book that would serve better as a calendar with some awesome pictures. I cannot recommend this book at this price, even with the increased page number. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin May 16, 2018

    A nice collection of stories.

  • 7.5
    myconius May 17, 2018

    i am absolutely thrilled to see Peter Tomasi get to wrap up this loose end from his Dinosaur Island story from his 2016 Superman run. while this story might not do a lot for new readers, it is a must for anyone who has been reading Superman since Rebirth.
    it's a warm feel-good story, that while a bit predictable was still a satisfying read.

    i can't say much for the other story collected in this special as when i saw Bryan Hitch's art i just couldn't get myself to read it.
    nothing against Bryan Hitch as an artist, it's just not for me.

    the art in the Tomasi story was alright. not stunning or jaw-dropping gorgeous, but serviceable.
    and that's just fine by me.

  • 7.5
    egon244 May 18, 2018

    Just like Acrion Comics 1000 and Action Comics Special #1, Superman Special #1 offers a bunch of stories revolving around Man of Steel and people in his surrounding.

    First story is about a promise Superman and Superboy made to certain resident of a Dinosaur Island.
    What I liked most about this one was when Superman told his son that people, as in humanity, still had a long way to go he used the word "we". He included himself into humanity even though he is an alien and frankly he's not the one to wage wars. I think that was a really nice touch.

    Second one is just Superman being super and saving people and monsters alike. This time however he is tired and drained after some long space voyage. It's nice to see for more

  • 10
    Jon Comics May 19, 2018

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 May 20, 2018

  • 8.5
    Captain Beebo Pants May 23, 2018

  • 8.0
    ActionCity May 16, 2018

  • 8.0
    Herushalaim May 17, 2018

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 21, 2019

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