Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

Writer: Neal Adams Artist: Neal Adams Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 24, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 8
6.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

From legendary writer/artist Neal Adams comes a threat so epic it will take more than one Man of Steel to handle it in this new 6-issue miniseries! As Darkseid and the hordes of Apokolips lay waste to the world, even Superman is overwhelmed-but not for long, as three heroes from the miniaturized city of Kandor emerge at full size, armed with all the vast powers of Kal-El, ready to become the new Supermen! This battle of titans also features the machinations of Lex Luthor, plus fan favorites Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane aiding in the fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way.

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 26, 2016

    So this six-issue series is off to a good start, with familiar characters mixing with some new faces. And it's nice to see Superman back in a more traditional costume, too. I missed the red shorts. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 24, 2016

    A relentlessly campy in your face read that's so wacky and wild you'll be hard pressed to not enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Casey Walsh Feb 24, 2016

    Admittedly this comic isn't going to be for everyone as new comic book readers may find it a little too old fashioned for their tastes. Older fans of the character however will find Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1 a homage to comics of old and even though the story needs to slow down and take a breath, Adams' art saves the day with its classic lines, bright bountiful coloring and dynamic action. Superman fans, this one is for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Feb 28, 2016

    Neal Adams plays to his strengths with an epic adventure possessing the look and feel of the best of the Bronze Age. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Feb 25, 2016

    Although this was a solid debut, it juggled a lot of concepts. I hope it all balances out by the time the six issue mini-series concludes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Feb 24, 2016

    The only way I could describe this issue withoutspoiling anything would be to say that it contains virtually nothing you wouldexpect to see in a Superman comicbook. Except for Superman acting heroic and behaving like a member of humankindinstead of like the Loneliest Kryptonian. Neal Adams is still putting a clinicon sequential art, and any student or armchair critic would do well to studyit. I did, and you don't get more armchair critic than me. I haven't left myarmchair since 2013. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Mar 30, 2016

    I hope things get rolling a little more tightly in the second issue, because I really like where this could go. It's yet one more take on a very old character, and I like that freshness, and I love the potential of the new characters. Let's just hope they don't fall flat sticking too close to familiar tales. My first thoughts on this series were that it was a shame to be limited to six issues, but after reading this one, maybe that'll be plenty. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 26, 2016

    This is a great way to start a series. I can already tell that this series is going to make some serious nods to the classic Superman that we all already know and love. This is definitely a must-read for any Superman fan. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Mar 1, 2016

    I will be picking up the next issue for sure, but only time will tell if this is just a slightly shaky start to a fun new Superman story or the gentle first curve before the insane roller-coaster ride begins for real! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 24, 2016

    Neal Adams on anything is worth your attention, but Neal Adams on a super crazymulti-Superman story is doubly worth it, despite its stilted execution. Even with its scripting missteps, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1 is a prime example of a passion project that doesn't feel self-indulgent. Neal Adams, Tony Bedard and Alex Sinclair all come together to deliver a gorgeous slice of classic DC strangeness, and feels just as vital now as it would if it was published at the height of Adams' powers. While DC's main legacy title is reveling in the darkness and grit of Batman's darkest era right now, The Coming of the Supermen shows just what you can accomplish just by turning toward the light. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Feb 29, 2016

    How, then, are we to judge a comic like this? Not by any sort of traditional definitions of "good" and "bad," since that was never in the cards to begin with. What we want from a modern-day Neal Adams comic - and the only thing we have any right to expect - is unfiltered, unintelligible, unrestrained, and unapologetic insanity. And yet even by that less-than-lofty standard, the first issue of Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen falls short. There are tantalizing glimpses that there's plenty of crazy in the offing, though, and that's why I'll continue to pick this book up. I hear a loud screech in the distance, and there might even be some smoke coming from the other side of the hill, but goddamnit " I need to see the full train wreck play out in excruciating, slow-motion detail. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 25, 2016

    The idea of Superman having an entire team of like-minded Kryptonians is also interesting, though this issue never makes it clear what connection Supes has to these characters or what opinion he has of their actions. The script also has a very clunky, old-fashioned feel to it, especially with Lois providing an exposition-heavy play-by-play of the conflict Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Mar 14, 2016

    I thought that "The Coming of the Supermen" was a decent read. It has plenty of action and conflict as we're dealing with an invasion in Metropolis on a large scale, however it leaves you wanting more in terms of a real story. I feel like I just got dropped in the middle of a war and have no clue as to what's going on. Hopefully I'll get the answers in the next issue, and that will make this first issue a better read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 27, 2016

    The Coming of the Supermen is unfortunately not Adams at his best, but that's mostly so because of the writing. This issue would have benefited greatly from an editor stepping in and helping tighten/clean up the narrative. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 25, 2016

    As a tribute to the Bronze Age, "Superman: The Coming of the Supermen" #1 delivers, but it's with all of the warts and blemishes of the era. As a modern comic, its dated feel is somewhat offset by Adams' always-welcome big screen touch, but it only gets set back again by its artistic lapses. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Mar 2, 2016

    Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1 (of 6) had the beautiful action sequences expected of comics legend Neal Adams. But it also had the plot confusion of comics legend Neal Adams. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    PopOptiq - Matthew J. Theriault Feb 25, 2016

    Last week, Max Landis continued to delivered one of the greatest Superman stories ever with American Alien. It's an utter shame that just seven days later Adams has delivered one of the worst in years with The Coming of the Supermen. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Feb 26, 2016

    Oh, yeah, and apparently Darkseid's dad was a pharaoh who constructed the sphinx of Giza. Don't look at me. I just show you the facts and you have to make sense of them… or something. Man, I don't know. This comic's so weird. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Almostpablo Feb 29, 2016

    Here we go again people are crapping on a book that is amazing. I'm guessing the bad reviews are coming from younger people who have never read a book in this style before. This comic is fun action packed and old school and I loved it

  • 8.5
    Joe Feb 27, 2016

    This is pure Silver Age Level Cheese, and I love it.

  • 8.0 Mar 1, 2016

    Okay, so I have said things about Neal Adams’ Batman Odyssey before, and how weird and inscrutable it is, how it would make a masterclass of an art book, but as a story it basically serves as a free acid trip. The story is VERY difficult to follow, and the logic of the characters within it’s pages are basically nonexistent. But with this book, things seem a bit more straightforward- I cannot tell if that is because this story doesn’t suffer any of the problems that Odyssey suffered, or if it is because there is a co-writer (or coco-banana-bonkers wrangler) on this book. Neal Adams could school LITERALLY anyone in comic art, and also in the art of being a super nice, very awesome dude. But even having met Neal, and my wife and I referring to him as “Uncle Neal” because he is such a nice, friendly, warm and convivial gentleman- I can say that Batman Odyssey’s story was a mess. But this first issue has a decent narrative, and it flows pretty well, with only a few minor hiccups along the way. Throw in the fact that there are lots of genuine questions left to be answered and this is a story that has me definitely intrigued. I am not happy that the book has been delayed once already, and I well and truly hope that it doesn’t happen again, but who knows? Also- the overall arc of this story is one that is quite confusing, because Uncle Neal has given several different accounts of what this story is to be about- the one that I read in a published interview was that Neal said there is a planet similar to Earth that travels on a parallel course around the sun, but at the opposite side of it so that we cannot see it, and that is what New Krypton has become- so these three Supermen are from the planet behind the sun that we on Earth cannot see, I guess? Then comes the thing that I got from the mouth of ol’ Uncle Neal himself, in that Superman submits himself to a blood test, or someone collects a blood sample of Superman to test his blood, and then when the resul

  • 6.5
    Vancha Apr 5, 2016

    Sometimes it can be fun to take a trip back to the comick bookes of olde, but this feels like a distillation of the most mocked elements of it. It's not bad, but between the rip-off supermen and Darkseid's dad supposedly building the Sphinx (yes, earth's sphinx), it does come off feeling a bit naff.

  • 10
    Jason The Dude Feb 28, 2016

  • 8.0
    Zumba Feb 24, 2016

  • 7.5
    EvilPenguin543 Feb 27, 2016

  • 6.5
    Nuckster77 Feb 29, 2016

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