Superman: Rebirth #1
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Superman: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 45 User Reviews: 77
7.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The world needs a Man of Steel, but can Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane?
IT BEGINS: Now it's Clark's turn to be Pa Kent and teach his son what it means to be super, but who is hunting Superman's son-and why?

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett May 31, 2016

    Tomasi, Gleason, Mahnke and Mendoza have done something I didn't think was possible; they've made me care again about Superman, a character I had written off years ago as sensationalist and boring. I actually want to pick up two Superman books now to see where this story goes, That's never happened before!  Simply put, this is the introduction and the jumping-on point to the Man of Steel that you've been waiting for. It's never been easier, with everything you need to know tied up in a neat little bundle. So if Superman has ever interested you, even in the slightest, now is most definitely the time to start reading. I know I will be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 5, 2016

    This will get me to purchase Superman when it begins on June 15. I was emotionally drawn into the story and the visuals were exceptional. Thank you, DC, for this Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Jon Arvedon Jun 3, 2016

    This issue did exactly what it needed to do and I finished reading this story with the same hope and optimism for Superman as I had for the DC Universe as a whole after reading the Rebirth Special last week. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 3, 2016

    As I said before, this story did what it needed to do. We got to say our goodbyes to the old Superman. We got to welcome the older/new Superman into the fold. And we got some powerful personal moments, like any funeral should have. I am hopeful for this upcoming era for the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 isn't exceptionally action-packed, but that doesn't keep Tomasi, Gleason, Mahnke, Mendoza, Quintana, and Leigh from delivering plenty of action. This comic book sets the table for stories to come both in Action Comics and Superman, as Tomasi, Gleason, and Mahnke will all contribute to the latter. It also extends the bridge established in Superman #52, providing readers with a precise and succinct “What Happens Next” from that issue's conclusion. Like Keith Callbeck mentioned in his Rebirth assessment, “‘my Superman' was over there.” “Over there” for me has become Superman: Rebirth #1. It's great to be enthused about Superman once again, and this comic gives readers a lot to look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    NerdEnt.Net - Brendan Hughes Dec 28, 2016

    Though not much substance this answers most questions fans were asking heading into this issue. By recapping the previous work it makes it easy for new readers to get into the upcoming series. From penciler to colourist the art is solid or better throughout the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 1, 2016

    Rebirth has finally come out and smacked all of us in the face and now it's up to the individual books to continue what that prologue started and since we here at Weird Science believe everything in that massive book was all about setting a tone..... Well, Superman Rebirth continues that tone tremendously and gets me really excited for how our Man of Steel will continue from here on out.  Everything that you've missed about Superman or even felt was wrong about Superman of the New 52 is pushed aside here as we just let hope, legacy and heart back into our lives and the comic works beautifully because of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jun 1, 2016

    Tomasi and Gleason have really written a 22-page prologue for the upcoming series that still carries the hope of the world on Superman's shoulders. The story beautifully retells the Death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday in 1992 and what the intent of the New 52 Superman will be upon his hopeful return. Only this time, we don't have to worry about a world without Superman because we have the Post Crisis Superman to help out as much as he can. Now what will happen with Jonathan and Lois as they adapt to the being in the public eye in this world. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 2, 2016

    This issue makes for a moody but powerful start to the new Superman comic. And with Mahnke at the helm, it looks fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Dave Pecci Jun 1, 2016

    I hope to see New 52Superman come back, but I think having the older, original Superman take over isa nice twist. I think in coming issues we will really learn what Rebirth actually means and what it means for the mantle of Superman. Superman: Rebirth does has its flaws as itsuffers from a lack of new content as a lot of this issue is a rehash of previous events. I felt maybe five pages of flashbacks to Flashpoint was a bit much and current fans of Superman deserved a little more of a look into the future. More characters showing up would have been a nice additional teaser in the comic.That being said for the most part Superman: Rebirth #1 does its job extremely well, setting up the story with intense emotions and reminding us all what the S stands for. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth celebrates what has come before, and looks ahead as to what is to come honoring a legacy and one of the most recognizable characters in the world. The comic successfully catches readers up, acts as a prologue and an epilogue at the same time. But, what it does is give us hope in many ways and a Superman that seems to recognize his role in the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Jun 6, 2016

    This DC Comics one-shot summarized a complex past and conveyed a simple and essential premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Jun 11, 2016

    Overall this story gives you what you want, the return of the Superman you grew up with. Is it a cop out? We'll have to see. Until then"SUPERMAN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE SUPERMAN! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 6, 2016

    Hopefully DC will give readers an extra page for a recap at the beginning of their new Rebirth titles as this will provide a bit more context to a character that they may not have read about since Flashpoint. Also, although I find DC's All Access page at the end of their books to be informative at times, the lack of a letters page or editorial page unique to that title doesn't give the book a personality that's reflective of the creators involved. Although I don't anticipate these things changing, I can still hope. Despite these complaints, Superman Rebirth welcomes back "my" Superman (and the Superman preferred by a lot of other readers). Although this issue isn't a must read, it was an entertaining story with art that was as strong as the character himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jun 1, 2016

    Superman Rebirth #1 is a decent read for a reader looking to get back into Superman, keeping in mind that it's heavily weighed down by Superman continuity that literally links 1992's "Death of Superman" to last week's equivalent to the same event. Read as a straight story of one Superman coming out of retirement because of the absence of another, it's a fine story. In light of the larger issues of the comics industry"reboots, major events, and the death of one character leading to the return of an earlier iteration"the story suffers a little, because there's much deeper issues going on here beyond a simple alien messiah who wants to better his adopted planet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Damian Fasciani Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 kick starts a new beginning, sets a nice foundation and introduces us to our new (old) Superman. The story is well paced, balanced, and is the perfect introduction to what I'm sure will be a brilliant series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jun 1, 2016

    Bye bye Superman. Hello Superman! Superman: Rebirth #1 puts to rest the idea of New 52 Superman returning (for now). O.G. Superman reconnects with one of his closest friends in Lana Lang. Even though things ended on a sour note during "The Final Days of Superman", Superman's future in Rebirth looks promising. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 1, 2016

    This issue simultaneously builds the foundation for both Superman and Action Comics, so it's highly recommended that you don't skip it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Jun 1, 2016

     For Superman, any strong issue is good news. What a heck of a start for Rebirth. There hasn't been this much hopeful optimism surrounding this character for as long as I can remember. This grade would be higher if DC has been a little more tight-lipped with its solicitations. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Gregory Paul Silber Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 doesn't have much in the way of plot or action, so if you want to jump into an exciting new Superman comic in media res, you may have to wait until Superman #1 in a few weeks. But if you want a transition from the previous series to the current series, or a crash course on what Superman's been up to, you could do a lot worse. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Jun 1, 2016

    Perhaps we have been spoiled by the sublime American Alien, but somethings about this take on Clark Kent seems forced and overly complex. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Jack Johnston Jun 1, 2016

    In the end Superman Rebirth does a fantastic job summing up all you need to know for both new and returning readers, although those that have stayed in the know in recent times may want to give it a miss. Rebirth already seems to be delivering on its promises of bringing DC continuity back to the fore, with a returning, married Superman carrying on the legacy of the fallen. I eagerly await next week's release of Action Comics with our favorite Machiavellian foe, Lex Luthor, taking on the cape as his own version of Man of Steel and the continuing chronicle of Superman the week after. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Jun 1, 2016

    This issue makes the promise that the mistakes of the last few years are dead and buried. Time will tell if something super rises to replace them, if the best days of the character are truly once again "To be continued"" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 3, 2016

    Superman is back to where he should be -- kind of. The Superman of the 80s, 90s, and the early aughts returns to become the only Kal-El in current continuity. Superman: Rebirth #1 tries to give it emotional weight, but will you really feel it? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Jun 4, 2016

    It's an inconsistent start for Superman, but it's strong enough to recommend you stick it through to see how it all develops. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Harrison Rawdin Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 is a really solid beginning that evokes the right emotions. To put it simply: kudosto the creative team as they successfully begin this whole new era for DC and theirMan of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Jun 2, 2016

    It's not a bad issue, it's not a great issue. It's just an issue. Check it out if you like Superman, I guess. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jun 5, 2016

    I am on board for the Superman family of books with Rebirth, I just wish this Rebirth issue had given us more new material and less retreading. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jun 1, 2016

    Superman Rebirth is..really great when it comes to art style and it's nice to see some remembrance of the old Death of Superman story line and how comic book characters constantly are coming back to life. But, the biggest lack of this book is content, there's a lot of talking and nothing particular happens to shock the audience into continue reading, it's a literal bridge to the new Superman #1 and Action Comics #957 with no real plot development for Rebirth. If you're interested in art, then sure it's a great book to pick up"but with story it doesn't really hold much ground. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - gazele Jun 2, 2016

    Superman Rebirth doesn't do a great job of getting new readers on board, but for those that have been following the story line its a nice sendoff to the New 52 Superman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 1, 2016

    Whatever my emotions at issue's end, "Superman: Rebirth" #1 does the work necessary to set up the character's post-"Rebirth" series. With much of the exposition handled clearly and kindly here, "Superman" #1 and "Action Comics" #957 should be able to kick off in style. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jun 2, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 is not perfect, but its not awful either. Tomasi has already shown that hes able to write a compelling Superman and no amount of nostalgia cash-grabs is going to change that. The upcoming Superman #1 will hopefully be a more proper start. If DC focuses more on telling great stories and less on pleasing people that arent even their customers (and never will be), things should be just fine. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 may not be the best Peter J. Tomasi has to offer with his rendition of Superman but there are moments of greatness that give me faith in the future of this series. In this issue, Tomasi fails to truly differentiate this new Superman by not included the most intriguing element of his character. Though, his understanding of Superman as a symbol of hope and some strong character interactions make this issue a decent read. The real reason to read this book is Doug Mahnke’s gorgeous art. Despite this issues shortcomings, I still remain faithful in the new Superman book solely due to Tomasi’s strong premise and great interpretation of the man of steel. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Jun 6, 2016

    No new threats are put forth as the issue is dedicated to saying farewell to the New 52 Superman and welcoming back the post-Crisis, pre-Flashpoint Kal-El. There will probably be a bunch of new readers saying good-bye as well as this issue is not for the uninitiated, but if youve been following along with Superman these past few years (and bless you if you have, it must have been rough), theres a lot here to love. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 1, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth wasn't as good as we hoped, considering where we were left off during "The Last Days of Superman," but there's a ton of potential here for the future series. The art is fantastic and while there's not a whole lot happening here, aside from what feels like catch up meets a eulogy, it's a pretty good issue that leaves readers wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 4, 2016

    The advance previews for both Superman's title and Action Comics offer little clue about the plans for the Superman legacy (it looks like Lex Luthor is taking over Action for a while) - but it definitely needs work. And a live version of the title character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Eric Diaz Jun 1, 2016

    Ultimately, the writing was solid enough"and the concept weird enough"that I'm on board with a Superman comic for the first time in a long time, so kudos DC" ya got me! I'll keep reading the Superman books thanks to this one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jun 1, 2016

    I wish I could like Superman: Rebirth more than I did. While the book has an amazing team, beyond Doug Mahnke's usual great work, there's just not much here. It's a story about coming to terms with death, which can be great and powerful character building moments, but not as an introduction to a new series. Out of the four current Rebirth titles, this is the one that requires the most backstory and it barely gives anything a reader any context for who this Superman is. I have faith in Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason to tell some great Superman stories, but this is not a good entry point. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jun 16, 2016

    We can't say we're convinced with this Pre-Flashpoint Superman, and if he's to become the new main focus of the Superman issues to come, it's hard to look forward to them. It's a shame really, given that he's such a classic character. Maybe it's because the other Rebirth titles have all been filled with some positivity and hope for the future, whilst this one is down in the dumps, but we really didn't enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 8, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1is a very odd book. Most of the strangeness likely comes from mislabeling. This really isn't a book about rebirth. It is a book about the opposite. The action of the story, such as it is, consists of Clark Kent, the pre-FlashpointSuperman whose story is chronicled inDan Jurgens'Superman: Lois and Clark, and Lana Lang setting out to resurrect this world's Superman and failing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jun 1, 2016

    Attempting to tell a cohesive story of the once, current and future Supermen, Superman: Rebirth #1 really doesn't get to say anything other than, "Hey, it's Superman." There's no great revelation about the "New 52" Superman and everything it has to say about post-Crisis Superman just repeats old Dan Jurgen stories. This issue lives in the space between yesterday and tomorrow as it closes out one chapter of Superman before beginning another, but there's no story in it about today, or what either version of the character should mean to readers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 4, 2016

    Overall, this is a solid enough attempt to set up Rebirth Superman going forward. Superman seems like a nice guy, at least. The creative team gives it their all, and I wish them the best. But I won't be following along. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 1, 2016

    The more of these Rebirth one-shots I read, the more I realize they seem to be stop-gap books, designed to hint at new directions or act as prelude without stealing any thunder from the soon to be relaunched regular titles. And that's fine, though it means that they're largely going to be superfluous. In the case of Superman – Rebirth #1, we get a book that is too convoluted and diffuse to have the impact its reaching for. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jun 1, 2016

    But these "we're sorry for letting things go off the rails so we are putting things back" issues could be avoided with a decent editorial staff that plans for more than three issues into the future.We have had retconning events like these happen for ages in the comic book industry. I figured at some point we would move past them and get back to decent storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Jun 2, 2016

    Superman: Rebirth #1 should make it easy for the reader to jump in to the story, especially one of a flagship character of the imprint. Instead, the issue is convoluted and confusing. As Lana Lang attempts to honor the "New 52" Superman in death, the other, post-Crisis Superman jaggedly narrates through flashbacks and cold conversation with Lana. Read Full Review

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