Superman #7

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 16, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 57
7.4Critic Rating
4.5User Rating

It's the moment you've been waiting for: the shocking return of the son of Superman! A year spent traveling the stars changed Jon Kent. Are parents Clark and Lois ready for the all-new, all-different Superboy? Secrets are revealed, a new look debuts and Superman's world is changed forever!

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 21, 2019

    Honestly, just when I think it can't get any better, it does. This is just some fantastic top tier comic book storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Jan 16, 2019

    Superman has become the most anticipated comic book in my stack since Bendis took over. The story is emotional yet action-packed and meaningful. It feels like we are going somewhere important with this iconic character and the mystery surrounding this journey increases the intrigue with each new issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Brian Arbizo Jan 20, 2019

    Bendis writing draws me in, I want to see what grandpa did, how did Jon become 17, how did we lose so many years. I want to see more how mama Lois reacts. This is a great book with a lot of messages about life betweenthe lines. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Jan 16, 2019

    Clark and Lois are predictably flabbergasted by Superboy and we get a couple of touching moments of reunion. The visuals accompanying Jon's adventure are stunning; dynamic and appropriately colorful. My personal favorite is a tense and oddly philosophical faceoff between Jon and that bastich, Lobo. The comic also makes a powerful statement about Superman's importance with Lois' encounter with aliens while wearing his symbol. The comic rounds out with a solid cliff hanger around Superman's father. It's too soon to say whether Bendis will capitalize on his choice to age Superboy but as a post-reveal of a twist, this comic does it right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Jan 16, 2019

    This first part of Jonathan Kent's story is a strong start to a new arc for the Man of Steel and his family, serving not only to expand the storyline but also to define a successor to Superman in his son even further than before. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Jan 16, 2019

    Chaos and confusion comes to the house of El. On the surface this looks like a simple enough mission to save an alien race from enslavement but the stakes are much higher than we could imagine. From the strange appearance of Superboy to the hidden objectives of the Dominators of the Dominion and Jor-El's distant attitude. Superboy's revelation at the end of this issue should have everyone concerned! To be continued. **** (8.9 rating.) Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 16, 2019

    The art can feel a tiny big jumbled due to three different artists on the same issue, but Brandon Peterson is a good choice to depict the deep-space segments. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 16, 2019

    The art is truly amazing and each artist brings an appealing visual style to each of their pages. All of the art complements the story and the work of the other artists. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 16, 2019

    I'm giving this story a rating of 4. If I was rating it on terms of the story and art alone, it would have been a perfect 5, but I have to dock a point for the changes made to Jon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jan 16, 2019

    Superman #7 takes something that a lot of fans are up in arms about and handles it rather gracefully. Fans reading through the book, hoping to find Bendis destroying Jon for his own sake are going to be in for a disappointment. This isnt a groundbreaking book; most of the stuff in here feels like things most fans have already figured out, but its well told and the art is mostly great. This was a classic Bendis info dump book, but it doesnt suffer from his penchant for long winded, boring dialogue and it works to hopefully keep readers coming back to see what comes next. This is a good comic and hopefully fans can look past their own prejudices and give it a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Jan 16, 2019

    A sheer delight to read! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 4, 2020

    A lot of what's going on with Jon and his aging is a shortcut for bigger things to come and I dislike that it undercuts his growth as a character in the books that could have gone on for several more years. That said, I like what we see of his journey here so far, the way Lois has to deal with it, and the touches of the galaxy that we get some time with. It's a smooth and engaging read with some fantastic artwork to drive it all home beautifully. While I have issues with aspects of the story I'm also just seriously enjoying the whole concept and actual forward momentum with real changes being made. Definitely glad to be catching up on these books, albeit slowly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jan 22, 2019

    If you like classic super hero stories that you definitely need to start reading Superman. This comic is an enjoyable blend of good character work and fun super hero action and adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 16, 2019

    Bendis ends this issue with an intriguing subplot that looks to finally pay off one of the lingering subplots from Dan Jurgens Action Comics run. This is more wide open ground for Bendis that wont disrupt an established winning formula and could lead to the defining storyline of Bendis early run on the book. No pressure, but itll be interesting to see if he can deliver. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 16, 2019

    SUPERMAN #7 previews an interesting arc, but the issue's plot ultimately comprises a muddled, anticlimactic narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Jan 16, 2019

    As Jon, Lois and Jor-El continue to explore the universe, we find out the strength and power of the Superman symbol in that it is instantly recognizable and portrays its message of hope. Between Superman and Action Comics I think there is no doubt that Bendis gets and knows how to write Superman. However, Lois Lane does feel like a background character to this whole thing as she stays with Jor-el and Jon for a while and then goes back almost immediately, which makes it feel kind of pointless to have her travel with them in the first place. Over all the issue was good and Ivan Reis’s art is amazing as usual. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Jan 16, 2019

    Bendis and Reis excel with familial relationships and deliver solid character moments as always. Their Superman radiates warmth and love, as he should. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 16, 2019

    Ultimately though this setup issue doesn't do anything too exciting but it is a good launch point for the story going forward that leaves a hook that has me hoping for an exciting story that could both challenge the House of El, as well as deliver a solid emotional pay off if Bendis and crew can deliver on the story they have laid the groundwork for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Jan 21, 2019

    Read all about Superboy's Lost"Day? Week? (It couldn't have been longer than a week). Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jenna Anderson Jan 16, 2019

    With gorgeous colors and a few questions left unanswered, there's enough here to be curious about what goes next. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 16, 2019

    Jon Kent is back and tells his parents a story that Lois should have told Superman the moment he discovered she was back.  We get it here though and nothing about this feels natural, especially for how forced the situation was to begin with.  The art in this issue is amazing though and we get Jon Kent back so at least you can say those are positives to what we get here.  Sadly, that's about all my positives. Read Full Review

  • 4.7
    On Comics Ground - Melissa Privette Jan 16, 2019

    Bendis's efforts to tell an engaging story are stagnated by his misunderstanding of Lois Lane. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jan 16, 2019

    As usual,the motives and character of Jor-El remain suspect, and I wish they wouldunveil who he really is, once and for all. I struggle to accept his identity atface value, but I have a hard time caring the longer the charade goes on. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 22, 2019

    I don't know. Maybe this will all make sense in the end. But right now this whole story doesn't make sense because I can't believe that it ever should have happened. Clark and Lois willingly let their innocent son be left alone to be mentored by the malevolent Mr. Oz. That simply shouldn't have happened. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bat-Sharkrepellent? Mar 14, 2019

    Another great issue of Superman. Bendis is on a roll. I love this series and would suggest others to try it out too.

  • 9.0
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Jan 16, 2019

    Intrigued to see where this goes...

  • 8.5
    rayonymous Aug 24, 2019

    It's not that bad, the family dynamics is interestingly done here. I understand why Lois had to leave, she is a human while her son is part Kryptonian, he can handle anything moreover she didn't expect her son to stay in space for years. The deal was one summer even if they don't trust Jor-El, Clark and Lois had to have Hope that Jor-El cares about his blood, after all Jon wanted this. He is not a normal Earth boy, he had to have this.

  • 8.5
    Dorival Jan 17, 2019

    I'm so happy that Jon is back! Good issue, I'm really enjoying Bendis run!

  • 6.5
    DGalek12 Jan 23, 2019

    I was disappointed with issue#6 as I thought Bendis didn’t really do his best there, and was really hoping that issue #7 would make up for it. Boy, was I wrong. I think this is the worst from Bendis’ writing. Almost every other page felt cringy. One scene, were Lois is sexually flirting with Superman, is just not a reality. Their Son is missing for three weeks, who would be thinking about sex during this time ?
    The only thing that really saves this issue is the pencil by Reis. Great detail in all the characters, showing their emotion that connects the reader.

  • 6.5
    Full Spread Jan 18, 2019

    The pacing is distressingly truncated. Problem is, the structure has been wonky through all of BMB's Superman, so I can't pin it entirely on this issue. For what it is--#7 has enough striking moments of characterization to be a success.

  • 6.5
    Simon DelMonte Jan 17, 2019

    The master of decompression goes the other direction, stuffing too much into a small space and quot quite succeeding. Not a bad comic, but could be so much better.

  • 6.5
    egonnn244 Jan 16, 2019


    This issue will rile some people up. Big time, I'm sure of it. I, myself, don't exactly know how I feel about it, but other than that the issue was fine.


    So Jon is back... and apparently, he experienced some kind of time-displacement-relativity-blackhole-something because he is no longer ten. He is now seventeen and taller than his friend, Robin. I kinda hope that Jon will be deaged at some point, back to the ten-year-old boy he was. I was imagining him being mentored a bit by the original Superboy. But for now, for the sake of the story, I can go along with it.

    And the story may be interesting. At first, we have a touching reunion between father and h more

  • 6.0
    waltgator93 Jan 16, 2019

    Some of the dialogue feels off and weird! Though damn why recently whenever Lois is in an issue, she has to be all sexy like. Kind of dumb of them to be talking out in the public for people to be watching them. Should have at least gone inside. The art is truly beautiful! The story itself is okay! Jon’s temple of doom story was okay but just to say that Jor-el is insane and that’s the end of the issue is pitiful! We already know that he’s insane and crazy from Man of Steel. From what I saw it’s more like Jon went crazy especially on those bad guys.

  • 6.0
    Nihilist Jan 16, 2019

    I don't always review Superman comics, or even follow them on regular basis, because I'm by no means a superfan of Superman, nor I'm an expert when it comes to his history, meaning, my judgement could possibly not be clear and precise enough. But even I, someone who reads about Supes occassionally, can call Jon's sudden transformation into a teenager a bunch of crap.

    Why? Just why? Bendis writes Young Justice, where Conner Kent is (well, technically will be) one of the main characters, and then he turned Jon into another teen. Of course, their personalities are different, but the age gap itself is what gives writers different foundations to tell different stories with completely different tones. Look at Super Sons and compare the more

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  • 5.0
    Jon Wayne Jan 16, 2019

    This is what some might call a f*ck you five. Only reason it's not a 1/10 is because of the art and the brief warm fuzzy feelings I got when

    Bendis is completely ignoring both established Rebirth continuity AND his own continuity established in his other Super book. He has spent 19 issues now doing what exactly? Split up the SuperFam for no apparent reason except to age up Jon Kent, and tell everyone that Jor-el/Oz is crazy. That's it! Sure, he spent a good chunk of time teasing Rogol Zaar, but he never made him a compelling villain beyond being a genocidal strongman - and then he made it all moot when he sucked earth out of the phantom zone at the end of #6. Then he billed this issue as the one where we - finally - find out abo more

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  • 4.0
    EDiakota Jan 17, 2019

    Can Tomasi comeback to Superman

  • 2.0
    MaximoMax Jan 18, 2019

    This book is B-A-D. _-----Spoilers Ahead! Beware!!!!-----
    I don't even know where to start. I know! Let's start with the dialogue.
    The dialogue is awful. For one thing, Bendis is obsessed with 'poop'. He had Jon say the word in the dumbest manner. For some reason Bendis is obsessed with putting the word 'poop' in his recent DC comics or referencing 'poop'. He even had the Flash say "Cacapoopoo" and had Batman "empty his bowels" in an issue. Bendis has an unhealthy obsession with feces, from it being used as an adjective to actual act of defecating. I don't know if Bendis finds this hilarious (maybe he's a huge Adam Sandler fan) or if it's some gross fetish thing. But it is just gross and immature. I know I ask much from DC comics more

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  • 2.0

    This is really bad. The whole issue and story depends on us not knowing Jor-El is bad. But he is. We've seen it. Why is it a shock to anyone? Why did Lois leave her son with this clearly evil character after one mission? Even if he wasn't evil, that's some garbage parenting. This is so dumb because it contradicts all that Rebirth Superman/Action Comics strove to do. That whole era can be described as The Kent Family era. Lois would never leave her child with Jor-El. None of this would've even happened if these characters were in character. This is incredibly lame. Just like Man of Steel was.

  • 1.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    What is the point of any of this? I have never liked Jor-El being back and I like all of this even less. Lois is suddenly a garbage parent, Jon is suddenly a garbage teen, and this comic is unsurprisingly garbage.

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  • 1.0
    ohhaimark Jan 18, 2019

    No good/bad review for this one. My thoughts on it can be summarized in one emoji:💩

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  • 1.0
    InsanePeasant Jan 16, 2019

    Wow, way to ruin all 3 Kents in one story Bendis. It's one thing to completely squander Jon Kent as character, but having Lois and Clark effectively ruin their only son's life by abandoning him in space with a murderous madman?? 1/10, this is as bad as OMD, maybe worse.

  • 1.0
    DancerX Jan 16, 2019

    Well, the art was great as usual.

    However, this issue crumbles the flimsy ground that all the previous issues, and I'm including Action and Man of Steel in this, stood on.

    The awful, out of character decisions Lois was written to make in Man of Steel and Action now somehow look even worst due to Jon declaring that his grandpa is so crazy that they have to do something about it.

    Also aging Jon up is an awful decision that wrecks the uniqueness he held as child superhero and what little supporting cast he had.

  • 1.0
    Darkblazy Jan 16, 2019

    No era necesario que Jon fuera un adolescente Ni que Lois fuera una mala madre y mucho menos que Superman sea un mal padre

  • 1.0
    TatteredVelvet Jan 16, 2019

    Any hopes I had that this will make sense are gone now.

    Superman’s decision to let his wife and kid leave with Jor-EL, and Lois’ decision to leave Jon with Jor-EL makes even less sense due to the “shocking reveal ” that’s not really a shocking reveal. Not to mention Lois reasoning for leaving Jon behind and not telling Superman she’s back is not properly explored or explained.

    Lois reaction to seeing Jon again completely contradicts her behavior in Action #1004.

    Both the dialogue and Lois’ characterization continue to be extremely off.

    If what Bendis done to the character is not reversed, it will damage any chance he has of sticking around.

    I stuck around because I t more

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  • 1.0
    RBL Jan 16, 2019

    Tl;dr I did not think it would be possible for bendis’ writing to get worse on this book, he proved me wrong. Please save yourself the physical pain it will cause on your eyes and do not read it, buying it would be far too much and contribute to one of the worst books out there.

    On to the actual contents now, so know spoilers will follow:

    Issue ends on another “big twist/reveal”, because apparently bendis cannot continue a story without one. This is itself a showcase of a his lackluster writing in this book. About the “reveal” itself it’s basically “Man who was a villain is stated to be bad”. I stare blankly into space because it’s the only way I can react at something so blatantly obvious from even M more

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