Superman: Year One #1

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: John Romita Jr Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 19, 2019 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 53
6.4Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

From the burning world of Krypton to the bucolic fields of Kansas, the first chapter of SUPERMAN YEAR ONE tracks Clark Kent's youth in Kansas, as he comes to terms with his strange powers and struggles to find his place in our world. DC BLACK LABEL is proud to present the definitive origin of Superman as rendered by the legendary comics creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.!

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 19, 2019

    This Clark isn't as likeable as the Clark we are used too, and here is the rub of the book; keep things the same and people complain about buying a retread of story; write something new and people will complain that the book isn't about "their" Superman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 19, 2019

    The chapter ends in a surprising manner, one most fans would NEVER expect, but toMillers credit, it makes TOTAL sense. It bodes well for me that this is infact a key re-telling of the original Siegel & Shuster story, but with refined layering to address the sensibilities of 2019. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Chino DT Jun 19, 2019

    It's always nice to read a story written by Miller, but this time is a very different story, it's a story that does not have the usual violence that Miller brings to us, it's a cool breeze in the field, it's amazing how Miller takes us inside Clark Kent mind where in spite of having very superior strengths and abilities Clark learns to control himself a level of understanding that will give him an unusual maturity in a teenager. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 20, 2019

    So far, I'm absolutely hooked. This series may seem a bit pricey, but (so far) it's well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 19, 2019

    As a Superman origin story maybe it's not that surprising, but don't go in expecting this issue to end with Clark in his familiar blue and red outfit. This is a slower burn despite the larger page count. For Superman fans, Miller is just doing a deeper dive on the time frame a lot of writers tend to breeze by to get to the good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - Blake Gutierrez Jun 19, 2019

    Superman Year One was an excellent fresh new take on the early days of Superman Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jun 20, 2019

    Miller, Romita Jr., and team come out of the gates fast and strong. Anticipation for what comes next is high. Up, up, and away! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jun 19, 2019

    I am always leery of rewritings of such iconic stories as Superman's origins no matter how well accredited the creative team is. And while it isn't without a small stumble or two, I think Superman Year One #1 sticks the landings in all the most important ways. Reminding us Superman's story has always been one of compassion, equality, and above all, hope. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 19, 2019

    The debut issue is a solid one. The negativity of Miller's recent works is gone and instead we have a focus on the positive and justice focused nature of Superman. In it, the creators show they get their subject by delivering the building blocks that have shaped his focus on helping those in his later years. It's an unexpected debut and one of the best in takes on Superman in recent memories. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jun 19, 2019

    Superman Year One is one of the Man of Steel's most grounded stories, and it benefits from it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jun 19, 2019

    Overall, Superman: Year One, is an interesting look at the beginnings of what formed a young Clark Kent into the eventual Superman he would become, and its an utter joy to read about and see unfold on the page. A little like a Superman Breakfast Club with a twist. Miller takes a very different approach to this title than I ever expected from him, bringing some genuinely touching moments to the page, that anyone having gone through similar situations either now, or in the past, can really relate to.  Romita is great on art duties too making this another Black Label title to come back too and check out for issue two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Jun 19, 2019

    Superman: Year One offers a fresh take on the world's most iconic superhero's beloved origin story; however, while it has some strong elements, Superman: Year One will have to continue to develop in order to stand out from the herd. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We Got This Covered - Eric Joseph Jun 19, 2019

    Superman: Year One could hardly be described as groundbreaking at this point, but it's made for a welcome addition to the Black Label initiative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Jordan Claes Jun 19, 2019

    Miller is definitely one to “stay in his own lane”. But with Superman: Year One #1 it's to the point of him whitewashing the contributions of others who came before and simply signing his own name in their stead. There's nothing new, nothing we haven't seen or haven't already been told at least a dozen times over. I read this issue because of the names on the cover. I won't be repeating that behavior. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 16, 2019

    Miller and Romita's work brings plenty of charm, but that's not to say there isn't also some shakiness from this usually rock-solid team, with some of Miller's less savory signature tics seeping into an otherwise promising alternate history. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu May 17, 2019

    Year One is a flawed start but boasts gorgeous work by JRJR, showcasing what the legend is capable of even now in the modern age. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Jun 19, 2019

    Im not saying Superman: Year One needs to be exactly that, but blending the old guard (Bagley Jr.) with the new (Zdarsky) like that title does couldve made for something a little more special. For a character whos often (derisively) called boring by some readers, Superman is capable of so much experimentation! With creators like Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., Year One feels like a wasted opportunity more than anything. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 16, 2019

    Superman: Year One alternates between rehashing familiar tropes and adding unnecessary new elements to the mythos. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jun 19, 2019

    Theres promise on the horizon here, for something different, something big, something groundbreaking coming. Like I said from the start, JRJR and Miller are two of my favorite creators in all of comicsthey have earned my trust in this book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jun 19, 2019

    This is the first installment, however, and I hope Frank Miller's expressed enthusiasm for the Man of Steel will pay dividends going forward. Read Full Review

  • 3.4
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jun 21, 2019

    If you've got $8 and are at the comic book store, buy something else. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 19, 2019

    This might read better once the entire story has been released, but this first chapter leaves a lot to be desired. It’s admittedly a tall order to try and give the very first superhero a brand-new definitive origin. But Miller is really grasping at straws trying to find something to say. He fills the pages with narration the same way you might start the first draft of an essay in hopes that something comes to you.It’s frivolous. And if Romita is supposed to be a draw to the book, his work is blocked out - an awkward fit for what Miller is attempting to do. Altogether the whole affair just feels off, like it’s a song we’ve heard before played by a band we know, just incredibly out of tune. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jun 19, 2019

    Superman: Year One has its fill of head scratching- moments and genuinely good ones. But in the end, its a forgettable retread of a well-known origin story. The best thing that can be said is that it isnt terrible. That doesnt inspire hope for the remaining issues. For the same amount as this issue, readers can pick up a secondhand copy of Birthright or Secret Origin. Unlike Year One, those stories are at least memorable. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 19, 2019

    A 60-page jumbo comic with art by John Romita Jr., it looks exactly like what a Superman book should look like " but that's the only good thing I can say about this complete mess of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 19, 2019

    Superman: Year One #1 is uneven and disjointed on a superficial level, and deeply troubling once one begins to examine its ideology. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jun 22, 2019

    Superman: Year One #1 had the potential to be an all-time classic Superman origin that instead shows the destructive power one decision can make on an entire story. Instead,Superman: Year One #1is a tale best forgotten. Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Jun 19, 2019

    Not only does Miller appear not to understand Superman, and not only is the issue riddled with cliches, but the comic's biggest sin is that it's simply dull. This issue is 63 pages long, and it only gets us to Clark leaving homethe Daily Planet, Lois Lane, and the Superman costume are all left for future issues. In 2005, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely took one pagefour panels and eight wordsto tell Superman's origin. In 2019, it appears that Frank Miller needs three 63-page issues to do it, and to do it extremely badly. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Sequential Planet - Ryan Easby Jun 20, 2019

    What you'd expect from a washed up, out of touch writer and one of the worst artists working in the business.Utterly abysmal writing and some of the worst art I've seen ever in a Big Two comic, this is one of those rare "must-miss" situations. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Nihilist Jun 19, 2019

    Is this comic even necessary, to be honest? How many times can the same story be re-told? I'm fine with modernizations and minor tweaks to make origin stories more actual and relevant, but if I got to be honest, I'd rather read Earth 1 alternate retelling, taking creative risks, than deal with something that's neither old nor new, contantly being held by canon's restrictions.
    Red Son was an amazing and refreshing twist, offering us, readers, something unique, different. This one, on the other hand, has to play safe, and there ' no big shake-ups Miller has written.
    Think of it as yet another George Lucas re-releae on Star Wars, with an extra CGI rock.

  • 7.0
    ohhaimark Jun 19, 2019


    -I actually liked this issue. It was kinda cheesy, but in a fun way at least and I enjoyed it more than a lot of the bland and boring stuff DC is putting out right now.

    -The art had it's weak spots, but overall, I enjoyed it for what it is, which is competent, nothing outstanding.

    -Frank Miller is good at narration, and that definitely shows in this issue.

    -I thought Clark was characterized rather well here. He definitely feels more like Superman than that poser we have in both the current ongoing Superman series.

    -I liked the chemistry between Lana and Clark, which is impressive writing, considering I've never liked Lana. So, kudos to Frank Miller.

    -I really f more

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  • 3.0
    StonexCutter Jun 19, 2019

    With a title like Superman Year One from DC’s Black Label I expected, with high hopes, for this comic to be independent and unalike compared to past origin stories. However, this issue proves to be a retelling of way too familiar tropes for the Man of Steel. We see Clark go to school as a child and go through the same routine of being classified as different and struggling to hold back his powers against the bullies that antagonize him and his friends. These factors help shape Superman as he grows, but the fact that this issue is oversized can become a problem when it only focuses, as I said earlier, on familiar tropes. All in all, I can’t say I enjoyed reading this, but maybe die hard Superman fans might like to see where the rest of t more

  • 9.0
    Slay Jun 19, 2019

    I could see why people have problems with this. I really don't though. Most people hate Frank Miller for the reasons that I love him. I enjoyed this take on Clark and felt it was an appropriate origin considering what Superman is like in The Dark Knight Returns. The Navy SEALs addition was pretty cool when keeping in mind how Clark later becomes a government controlled puppet in a sense. I also thought that the telepathy part was interesting and alien-like, which I thought was a nice change. The art though... I don't know, I just felt conflicted with it. I read all the Kick-Ass books growing up and I remember JRJR being much better back then. Still, there were moments that I thought looked really cool. Then again there were panels that bugg more

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  • 2.5
    DancerX Jun 19, 2019

    I came for Crazy Steve, but what I got was Steve From Accounting.

    This was dull and underwhelming mess with some odd and dated dialogue and views of women thrown in for good measure.
    Yes, I know that this is an Elseworld and is supposed to be the origin story for a younger version of Miller's Dark Knight Superman, but I have to say that this still didn't feel like a Superman story. It really just felt like a homemade comic written decades ago that stars an obvious rip-off Superman except he ( and his supporting cast ) has neither Superman's charm nor personality. Pa Kent's characterization was a bit off, I didn't see much Clark in this version of Clark Kent, Ma's characterization felt flat, and Lana started out okay-is more

  • 2.0
    Phantoms Jun 19, 2019

    60 pages of annoying narration, awkward dialogue, gigantic heads, derivative tropes and plot points, and next to nothing happening. What waste of a Year One and DC Black Label title. And Toolsters? Really?

  • 10
    AdmiralWhiskers Jun 19, 2019

    The legend done right. Well done, DC.

  • 8.0
    Dankside Jun 19, 2019

    History got me arrested. The art is in the details. Frank, puts the world of Clark in a new perspective. We should wait for the next two for a final note.

  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Jun 24, 2019

    Meh. There were some parts I liked. Some parts I didn't. I'm a negative person, so I'll focus on what I didn't like. The repetition. The length. The bullies. Especially, the bullies.

  • 3.0
    Azrael Jun 20, 2019

    For a Black Label comic, I expected something unique. Maybe some new details on young Clark Kent. Him in school was interesting but it largely was too cheesy, the dialogue of him as a toddler/baby in the space capsule was strange and the worst of all ... Clark Kent joins the Navy?! I was hoping for some impactful stories, not a retcon of quite a few parts.

  • 8.0
    rayonymous Aug 22, 2019

    I have read/seen more origin stories of Superman, this one feels kind of special. Adds more depth to Clark Kent's life and interprets directly from the eyes of a boy who struggles to understand the workings of the world. Frank Miller's narration is on point, the art by JRJR is gorgeous!

  • 7.5

    So in an interview John Romita Jr. basically confirmed he was what this story was based on, his youth and the general beats. Ignoring this is *not* the definitive Superman origin, it may be the definitive and most realistic representation of growing up in a smalltown in the praries. I have often been embarassed of where I grew up and despised it, like many people from the praries, but this book was so relatable to me and actually made me nostalgic for those years. If a comic has that kind of effect on me, it must be doing something right. I so want to award this a higher score, but it had parts that dragged on a bit long. It may not go down as the best Superman origin, but for me it seems like it will at least be a very memorable one.

  • 7.5
    Alloy Press Jan 5, 2020

    Another Origin story for a character who has a comic book life span that goes back over 50 years. Not to say that this isn't a great comic but you would have expected some more divisiveness or outrage over an Origin story retold by Frank Miller. Instead we get something that tastes a bit like its been re heated for the second time. Despite its redundancy Millers ability to make the dialogue and characters so fresh was really what turned pages, God knows it was not for the art. The art on this title is something you will not remember once you put this issue down nor is it a reason you would tell your friends to pick up this issue. Luckily before things got stale Miller had some revitalizing moments like the script on Kents inner dialogue and more

  • 7.0
    Ryan Oct 25, 2019

    While Superman: Year One 1 could’ve definitely been better, knowing Frank Miller, it also could’ve been a lot worse. The art was overall pretty great be Romita and I love a good Clark in Kansas story, even if it’s not as good as Superman For All Seasons. I’m extremely interested for next issue, though, as Clark begins Navy SEAL training, which seems to be quite the plot twist

  • 6.5
    Rinaldi Jun 22, 2019


  • 6.0
    FT Metler Jun 21, 2019

    Ooof. This was bad. The parents are actual idiots, Clark is a jerk, Lana gets to be a victim. Wahoo. Won't be going back for the second. Miller was not a good choice. At least not old, cranky Miller.

  • 5.0
    Another Nerd Jun 26, 2019

    This ain't no Batman year one. What's the point of this series?

  • 4.5

    An Issue with full of disappointment.Ink and illustrations are good but the story is totally boring.Still do not know why Superman is like this in the cover...By the way i like the chemistry between Lana and Clark.

  • 3.0
    Knight Side Jun 20, 2019


  • 3.0
    Full Spread Aug 13, 2019

    Nobody acts like a real human being in Frank Miller's cliche, fractured monologue filled world. I have no idea why Miller or DC thought JRJR would be a good fit for this rustic story with his ever declining art. Cringe worthy dialog and monologues. Dreadfully dull pacing and story. Clark is constantly told not to show off, but that's all this issue does.

    Also--this isn't a technical Year One story. It starts when Clark is a Krypton Kal baby up to when he's a teenager. If you want to read an actual Year One take on Superman, read Superman: Birthright. That's everything this wishes it was.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jun 25, 2019

    This was truly awful. I will not be back for future issues. Poorly written and definitely not the best art I've seen from JR, Jr. The "doo rags" on baby Kal-El and on Clark were also ridiculous.

  • 1.0
    Fizgoog Nov 8, 2019

    Dear God in heaven. Nothing would please me more than to write a review that praises rather than admonishes.
    Maybe it’s a sign of the times.
    Feminism, short attention spans, I dunno.
    All I know is they’ve practically destroyed an iconic character and my personal lifelong favourite.
    Maybe superman and the universe he lives in should have been confined to the 1940s. This was when his work ethic, his personality and even his powers suited society.
    As to this particular issue, I hated the quirky dialogue. I detested the sketchy line drawings and the ill formed musculature.
    I found Lois Lane to be obnoxious. Hard-hitting reporter fine. Obnoxious strumpet not so good.
    The encounter with Batman was a more

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