Superman: Space Age #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Mike Allred Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 27, 2022 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 25
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Meet Clark Kent, a young reporter who just learned that the world will soon come to an end (Crisis on Infinite Earths) and there is nothing he can do to save it. Sounds like a job for his alter ego...Superman! After years of standing idle, the young man from Krypton defies the wishes of his fathers to come out to the world as the first superhero of the Space Age. As each decade passes and each new danger emerges, he wonders if this is the one that will kill him and everyone he loves. Superman realizes that even good intentions are not without their backlash as the world around him transforms into a place as determined to destroy itself as he more

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jul 28, 2022

    Its a love letter to a time and place, to a group of characters, to a type of storytelling. Its a love letter to our childhood. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 28, 2022

    Eighty pages for $9.99, with a complex, entertaining story and stellar Allred art?Count me in. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 26, 2022

    This feels like a genuine magnum opus for everyone involved, and possibly one of the best Superman stories of all time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Jul 26, 2022

    I also love the splash page where Clark officially becomes Superman and soars towards space looking every bit like the noble square-jawed hero. They also perfectly capture the technology of the time.  Fighter jets, huge vacuum-tube televisions, and military war rooms all capture the era in flawless detail. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 27, 2022

    Sir Terry Pratchett once defined good fantasy as any story that made you look at something familiar in a new way. By that definition, as well as any other, Superman: Space Age #1 is good fantasy. It may be too early to make Eisner predictions so soon after SDCC 2022, but I'm willing to predict that this book will win several awards in 2023. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Aug 1, 2022

    ‘Superman Space Age' #1 offers up a Superman in the making. A hero shaped and influenced by the best, making him the hero he blooms to becoming in this debut issue. Superman is a beacon of hope in a world of much pessimism and national misery from Mark Russell and Mike Allred. Silver Age shenanigans with real-world politics and deadly consequences. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Chris Coplan Jul 26, 2022

    This grounded, slightly deconstructed take on Superman's early days makes for a true crash course in exploring and appreciating Superman. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 27, 2022

    Superman: Space Age #1 is an interesting debut. It's a comic that has a clear focus and theme running throughout. It does a great job of not overdoing its concepts but in each key moment, those concepts are important. It has an underlying philosophy about it and integrates that into the story in a smooth way that'll get readers to think and ponder what it has to say. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Jul 27, 2022

    Superman: Space Age offers a reflection on the nature of hope, humanity, and history with abundant wisdom and style to carry readers through even the most bitter truths of that journey. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Aaron Kleinman Jul 26, 2022

    Superman: Space Age is a book that's quality will be determined by its ending, that comes into this world with a very interesting start. I am intrigued to see where it goes with issue two. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 1, 2022

    Okay, this is the set-up for the book. We have a Justice League now. There are other scenes of Lois in this book covering segregation in the South that are solid. And maybe we will get more hope and more deliberate action next issue. But as I said, right now I am on the fence. The art is stunning. Some of the message is on target. But, as usual, Russell is kind of a mixed bag for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jul 26, 2022

    Superman: Space Age #1 takes the idea of a prequel to Crisis on Infinite Earth to weird places with a tonally strange story, lacks emotion, and is incredibly heavy-handed with the anti-war messaging through shock scenes. That said, the revised origins of familiar Justice Leaguers are creative, and Allred's unique style fits the mid-Century setting. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Aug 1, 2022

    Gorgeous art can't make up for an utter lack of focus Read Full Review

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