Superman #16

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Lafuente Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 33
8.4Critic Rating
3.7User Rating

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The Super Sons are back! But now Jon is five years older, and he's sitting on the biggest decision of his young life. Damian and Jon team up again for a rip-roaring adventure and a huge catch-up! These two best buds have really needed each other, and now they are back!

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Oct 29, 2019

    Superman #16 is pure entertainment. This is easily the best issue of the series so far. Its funny and poignant, a reunion of two friends that readers have been missing together. Bendis hits all the right notes in this issue. Add to that Jons decision about joining the LoSH, and this issue has it all. David Lafuentes art perfectly compliments Bendis script, making the humor and emotion work so well. This is the kind of comic that can be read over and over again. Its so much fun. Bendis is writing a lot at DC right now, but this issue proves just how amazing a SuperSons book by him would be. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Oct 15, 2019

    God, what a bittersweet page. That middle panel of Superman standing alone, long shadows conveying some sadness, is just perfect. I loved this issue. As a fan of Super Sons, as a fan of Clark/Jon, as a fan of the Legion, this hit the mark. And the art is perfect for the content. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 11, 2019

    The issue ends with Jon's decision. It's sweet and heartbreaking and wonderful. This is the best work Bendis has done for DC. I do hope he writes more issues like this. It is pretty perfect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Oct 9, 2019

    Superman#16 proves a delightful story of two dear friends and the support they provide each other. After reading this issue, I wish fervently DC Comics would write a possible-future storyline with these two having taken up their fathers' mantles. Just like Batman and Superman, these boys are more than the sum of their parts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 12, 2019

    It makes for an important turning point in the lives of all the characters involved, and a fun story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Oct 9, 2019

    I haven't read Superboy and Robin interact in quite a while, but I don't remember enjoying them this much. Wayne was being his normal condescending self, and now I'm curious if they were this warm by the end of that series. The initial reunion was hilarious with Damian losing a point of pride, being a year older than John. I remember when he tried to give him shit about joining the Teen Titans because he wasn't technically a teen yet. After a tense beginning, the two patrol the Gotham night and catch up. It was delightfully reminiscent of catching up with a long distance buddy as a teenager. The two depart after John reveals the plan to spend time in the 31st century with the Legion of Superheroes. He says his final goodbye to his father before heading to check the future out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 9, 2019

    I've complained many times about how Bendis essentially rewrites characters to the way he wants them, but Superman #16 may be the first time that this actually worked in the character's favor. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Dusty Good Oct 9, 2019

    This comic was a fond farewell for the young pair of crime fighters. I'm sure it's not a goodbye, but more of a so long for now situation. There are a lot of worse ways to spend your four dollars, at least here you are getting your money's worth and then some by getting an amazing story, cool art, and a few tears. DAMMIT! Who keeps putting these things on my cheeks?!? Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 14, 2019

    A stellar re-introduction of these two characters, and a fun look at what the future may hold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 15, 2019

    Comic books like this are a reminder that you don't need big events or crazy high concepts to make quality, engaging stories - sometimes all you need are two friends having a night on the town. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Oct 17, 2019

    Despite my misgivings about the general direction, Superman #16 was still a joy to read. It gives a touching look at Superboy's friendship with Robin and his relationship with his father. And it presents us with the historic event of Superboy setting off for his adventures in the 31st Century with the Legion of Super-Heroes. It's definitely worth reading and adding to your comic collection. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Oct 9, 2019

    Superman #16 is a nice standalone issue that serves to reinforce one of the more important DC relationships of the last few years"the friendship between Jon Kent and Damian Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Cody White Oct 21, 2019

    Witness the strange reunion and prompt separation of the Super Sons inSuperman #16(Bendis, LaFuente, Mounts, Sharpe). Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 9, 2019

    Damian Wayne is sweet as hell this issue and while it feels really wrong........ I actually really liked this portrayal of the character and wish it was normal.  Yeah, there's some heartwarming stuff here, but there's also some things that aren't right as well, but if you can put that aside and are someone who enjoys a more cartoon style of art I think you could really enjoy this issue of Superman.  I know I did, even with all my hangups.  Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 9, 2019

    David Lafuente's art is the perfect choice for this lighter tone of story and the action was amazing. I really enjoyed how the art helped progress the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 9, 2019

    Superman finally has a wide open direction now and itll be interesting to see what Bendis will do now. Despite the character portrayals this is a decent epilogue of the Super Sons saga. Read Full Review

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