Superman '78 #1

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Wilfredo Torres Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 25, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 22
8.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Fly into director Richard Donner’s Superman once more in Superman ’78! Written by Robert Venditti (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) and drawn by Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66), Superman ’78 tells a brand-new adventure in the world of the beloved film. A bright, shining day in Metropolis is interrupted by a mysterious drone that crash-lands in the city and starts wreaking havoc. This looks like a job for Superman! But where did the metallic menace come from, what is its purpose, and who is Brainiac?

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    Superman '78 #1 is not only a solid continuation of the first Supermanfilm, but it also serves as a loving tribute to the cast and crew who crafted said film. If you love Donner's Superman films or the Man of Steel's pre-Crisis adventures, you'll want to pick this book up. Once again, fans will believe that a man can fly. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 3, 2021

    This was an absolute treat. The story isn't a quick read but I flew through it joyfully. I even reread it immediately after I read it the first time, a surefire sign of a fun comic. Can't wait for more. Brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Aug 24, 2021

    Truly, SUPERMAN '78 #1 is a must-buy to anyone who has that special place in their heart for a movie that truly made them think a man could fly! Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 25, 2021

    The results are electrifying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Aug 30, 2021

    This issue features both a pitch perfect continuation of the classic Superman films and a stand-alone, continuity free Superman tale. The script captures the voices of the characters and the actors, while the art is absolutely fantastic. This is a must-read for any fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Aug 24, 2021

    The best Superman comic book that you'll read this year. Yeah, I said it. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 24, 2021

    Torres has an engaging artistic style that perfectly matches the tone of the story as well as its era. The characters look great and the art does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the environments of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 24, 2021

    This is unmistakably the Christopher Reeve Superman, bringing with him the presence he had on the big screen, and that energy alone is worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Aug 24, 2021

    In the first issue of Superman '78, the creative team reminds readers of what it was like the first time we believed a man could fly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Matheus Ribeiro Aug 26, 2021

    Overall, "Superman '78" was off to an exciting start. The next issue will bring Lex Luthor back, and I'm curious to see how he'll fit into the storyline. Here's hoping they can improve the pacing in the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 25, 2021

    I could practically hear the familiar John Williams' score as I read Superman '78 #1 and I imagine many other superhero fans who grew up believing that a man could fly will find the same enjoyment in this book that I did. I just hope this book proves successful enough for a sequel and that we might see Robin Williams as Mr. Mxyzptlk; one of many "what might have been?" possibilities for the unmade Superman sequels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 24, 2021

    While it might not resonate as strongly for newer readers, for fans that grew up watching the original film this will hit all of the nostalgia sweet spots. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Aug 27, 2021

    This most recent take on the Superman story is calming and fun, but doesn't really take advantage of being part of an existing universe in any meaningful way. Read Full Review

  • 10

    Finally, a Superman series worth reading in this day and age. I'd expect nothing less from Robert Venditti though. I guess DC wanted a real writer for this series, as his digital Man of tomorrow stories were the only sense of decency in the era of Bendis.
    I don't really know if I can say it gives me the feel of the original movies, but it's a good take on introducing Brainiac into that continuity. Sadly we never would've gotten this in those days because the special effects necessary for a Brainiac robot like that were very expensive and just not too likely in those days. But this helps make it as if it were possible.
    All-in-all, this story is a much needed breath of fresh air from the disastrous regular Superman books they put ou more

  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Aug 24, 2021

    The nostalgia train continues! Like the Batman series, it uses plans from Superman III to take the movie in a new direction. Hopefully Brainiac can be a better villain than what that movie became in his place. Because Venditti and Torres capture the likeness of the actors and the personalities of their characters so well.

  • 8.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Aug 28, 2021

    I don't have any affinity for the Richard Donner movies, in fact I barely remember them, but this was good. I liked this.

  • 6.5
    Merlyn Aug 24, 2021

    I've loved Venditti's Hawkman but this is his second attempt at Superman after the Man of Tomorrow run and it feels the same, decent but boring, guess it's a little unfair since my expectations were higher for my favorite version of Supes but I don't know, nothing here got me excited.

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