Superman #30

Writer: Phillip K. Johnson, Sean Lewis Artist: Sami Basri, Scott Godlewski Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 14, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 31
8.3Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

Superman has received a signal from distant space. An old friend is in deep trouble, and only the Man of Steel can help him. By the time Superman and his son get there, though, the alien who sent the signal is nowhere to be found, and his people appear to be enthralled by a shamanistic storyteller who warns of an ancient grudge with the malevolent Shadowbreed. This leaves Clark and Jonathan Kent to ponder just who sent them the distress message, but before they can find the answer, they’ll discover that an ancient grudge still has very current consequences. Kicking off a new story line, this issue pairs Phillip Kennedy Johnson with his Futu more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Apr 13, 2021

    Superman #30 shows that Phillip Kennedy Johnson has a good grasp on the title and may well be the man to return the Superman mythos to the shape it was in before Bendis threw it off kilter. I look forward to seeing what he has planned for the Man of Steel. And DC, let's get working on on an Ambush Bug special or mini ASAP. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 15, 2021

    There is also a backup story by Sean Lewis and Sami Basri. This story features the return of Ambush Bug. The artwork by Basri is nice but Ambush Bug is one of those characters that you wish stayed lost. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Apr 9, 2021

    Philip Kennedy Johnson is already making a name for himself as the new lead writer on Superman. So far his books are focusing on building the relationship between Superman and Superboy, while adding in new threats. These are the fun Superman comics we have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 13, 2021

    Superman's new creative team is providing a needed jolt to spark some heart and charm back to a title that badly needed it. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 13, 2021

    Godlewski and Basri delivers some great art across both stories. The style of the Superman story art was great and eye-catching. The art in the Ambush Bug story was fun, light and interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 13, 2021

    Even with two Supermen on hand, this issue feels more dangerous for our heroes than usual"the threat is dark, creepy, and even more significant"mysterious. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Ryan Perry Apr 13, 2021

    This is a book which, unlike Superman #29, truly feels like the start of a journey. It's teasing dynamics and conflicts for the future while deepening the relationships between its main characters in meaningful ways. This is all done against the backdrop of classic comic art, which should satisfy any comic fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Apr 21, 2021

    Superman #30 is a wonderful little Superman story. It plays into Johnsons overall narrative about fathers and sons while also telling a cool Superman story. Again, Superman is thrown at a threat that could mean his death, and its rather thrilling to have stories where Superman is vulnerable in new and different ways. Godlewskis art does a great job in this issue, giving it just the right feel. The backup story is good, too, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. Superman #30 is chock full of Superman goodness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 19, 2021

    They spy the communicator that Superman gave Qarath as an emergency signal, the thing used to send Superman the message earlier.And they also see, in the cracked carapace of this thing (although it looks more like a smashed window as if this thing were a ship), a broken container of some sort. I do like Superman working together with Jon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Apr 14, 2021

    We're three issues into this new run and no matter what the conflict is, wholesome familial bonds are at the center of the overarching story. I love that. And I think it's perfect for a Superman story at this point in time.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Apr 20, 2021

    This issue puts Superman and Superboy in a tough spot, but it's a great read. It takes the classic pieces of a Superman story and adds a surprising amount of depth, as well as plays with the status quo the creative team's been given. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 13, 2021

    While some of the alien stuff in our main Superman story felt like filler and other moments felt undefined, I enjoyed it for the most part and enjoyed the art throughout... I just wish that the backup felt like it mattered in the slightest or that it wasn't just there to be a goofy reason to charge more for the book. Really though, if you're into the father and son dynamic of Clark and Jon, that's where the true strength in this issue lies. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Apr 14, 2021

    Superman #30 sends Superman and his son back into space, this time to re-visit a world from one of Superman's past adventures. It's an intriguing space mystery, one that uses the language barrier between Superman and his old allies to great effect. Read Full Review

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