Superwoman #2

Writer: Phil Jimenez Artist: Matt Santorelli Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 30
7.3Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

"WHO IS SUPERWOMAN?" part 2! The battle of Metropolis Harbor rages on and the casualties are mounting! To save both herself and the city from the ultra-powered Bizarress duo, Superwoman must turn to John Henry Irons-a.k.a. Steel-for help! But there is a larger villainous force at work behind the scenes, and you won't believe who it is! Buckle up for the shocking true identity of Ultra Woman!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 14, 2016

    Honestly, I feel like Im getting the best of both worlds with Superwoman the artistic prowess of an artist who has gone from impressive to extraordinary, packing in page after page of story detail, and a feel of interpersonal drama and old school narration that I havent seen in great abundance since I was a kid. What I loved about DC Comics is back, without having lost so much of the gains in-between. Thats damn impressive, especially in a package that is mixing up the Superman mythology in new and exciting ways I can only pretend to anticipate as the months go on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Sep 25, 2016

    I'm not a regular DC reader, but this is the third DC comic that has made it onto my pull list. I never read the issue where the New52 Superman died and I have been picking up on that story element as I go along in this series that explains what happened a little bit, but if I want the big picture I'll have to find a copy of that comic. That said, Superwoman is probably the 2nd title I read immediately once I get it in my hands. I like how Lois has more of a traditional Superman look to her, and Lana brings me back to when Superman had his red energy form. The changes DC has implemented with Rebirth have got me reading a few titles and I'm really enjoying this one a lot! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Sep 14, 2016

    But the moment that really stuck in my mind was a great personal detail. Lana is uncertain of who is real, and who might be an illusion or a clone at one point in this issue. When Steel comes to help her, she demands that he tell her something that only he would know. And so we find out that Lana likes watching John Henry Irons playing bongo drums when he is naked. Its so intimate, and so absurd, that it feels completely real. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 14, 2016

    This comic does a great job existing in the world of Superman without featuring Superman. Much like Captain Americaafter his death a few years ago, Superwoman is doing a wonderful job telling a story with an ensemble cast with the main hero absent from the equation. And like Ed Brubaker's Captain America, it succeeds on the strength of characterization and a mystery which are just as compelling if not more than the absent hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    BGCP - Liam Pollock Sep 20, 2016

    Superwoman has been a surprise to me just how much I've been enjoying it. Lana is such a great character she manages to balance being both emotional and strong, showing her weakness to the reader while keeping the strong front to the rest of the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 19, 2016

    So much happened in this issue. I glossed over a ton of cool moments and brief scenes. I love the action sequences. But it is the character moments that shine for me. Lana's scene with Maggie. Lana's struggles with her guilt and sadness. Lana's scene with John. And now this cliffhanger. It all is thought provoking. It is heavy stuff with out feeling stiff or maudlin. It just works. I have to admit, I am liking this book more than I anticipated. Kudos to Jimenez for creating a very mature book which still has the room to breathe to include some humor and action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 17, 2016

    I want to like this series, but I'm really struggling - while reading it, I feel like it's issue 20, and I'm way behind on the central plot points. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Tyler Sewell Sep 14, 2016

    Superwoman continues to be one of the most intriguing and well written comics of the Rebirth series and the quality of plot development shows the difference between a once a month series and a bi-weekly series. The art struggled at moments, but can be forgiven for the numerous character cameos and intriguing storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Sep 14, 2016

    Overall this is another solid issue and if you haven’t picked it up go get issue one and get caught up. This is a must read, and its one of the better books coming from DC. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 17, 2016

    In short, this book reminds me of the intertwined Superman continuity post-Zero Hour, where four books balanced Clark's adventures on multiple fronts, all wrapped up into one title with excellent art. Part of me wonders whether giving everyone in the Superman supporting cast powers is a good idea, but it's done so well that I can't really call it a major sticking point. Superwoman #2 is a darn good comic book read, featuring a lot of good ideas that are structured well and presented clearly, and is really the comic that emblemizes Rebirth for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Sep 17, 2016

    As long as they keep the momentum with this series then I'm bought in. Lex Luthor seems to have a bigger role in this series then in the main Superman titles, which I felt sidelined him in favor of the new Superboy. If Steel is a major character in this book then you have my money. All I ask is that you follow through with what I consider one of the most shocking plot twist in recent comics, and not undo everything we've just read. We've seen that happen too many times in other books, and bring back dead characters is always the fastest way to kill a series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Sep 19, 2016

    What started out as a book that impressed me with its character dynamics and surprised me with its final page twist in Superwoman #1 has become my favorite book of "Rebirth" with how committed it is to the ideas of the new line. It's jumped right into to dealing with legacy and what it means to Lana Lang in not only a post-Superman world, but a post-Lois Lane world, and I can't wait to see how this is further explored. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Sep 14, 2016

    Some new characters are introduced to the proceedings as the plot deepens along with a well-liked DCU relationship. Lex is made to look like a bit of a bumbler, and that's something I enjoy seeing after he's been particularly unbearable. The art is great, though cramped at times, and I loved how the book's ancillary villain is rendered by Jimenez. I'm really interested to see where this story goes, but I hope it doesn't meander around for two more issues until it rounds out a nice trade collection. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 15, 2016

    Superwoman has some growing pains to work through, but these first two issues have shown plenty of promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 14, 2016

    The end of the issue has me intrigued as there's some reveals that shake some things up and there's hints in the comic as more to come. Overall, it's an entertaining read and a series that captures the feel of classic Superman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 14, 2016

    Naturally, the art is the highlight making Superwoman one of Rebirth's best looking titles. If Jimenez can get a better handle on cohesively flowing the story, Superwoman could become one of DC's standout new titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Sep 15, 2016

    We definitely enjoyed Superwoman #2. It may not be the home run that the first issue was, but it's a very solid read and we want to know where Jimenez is going with this title. To be honest, we'd almost buy it for the art alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Sep 14, 2016

    It is steeped in the Superman mythos and uses several underappreciated characters in a thrilling capacity, certainly one worth getting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Sep 14, 2016

    That being said, I'm probably giving Superwoman another issue, regardless of whether or not I review it. Considering it's just the second issue, it feels a bit unfair to write it off for not fully living up to its potential quite yet. I'm certainly not forgiving its flaws for that reason, but considering Jimenez's past work I wouldn't be surprised if this book turns itself around a little bit. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 16, 2016

    While I'm not giving up on the title I'm finding myself a little more way of it. Opening issues can be crazy busy as you try to hit certain points, sometimes mandated points by editorial, and you hope things settle out a bit more from there. But it feels like we've got too many story points going on within a short period of time that are overlapping and nowhere near enough actual emotional fallout over the apparent death of Lois and everything else going on. Jimenez's artwork continues to be a big selling point but it's like the story, there's just so much going on and so many narrative shifts that the artwork feels jarring as it tries to move between them all. I'm hopeful for things to smooth and even out sooner rather than later with the book finding its voice because I'm not sure what that's supposed to be yet – or whose voice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Pop Break - Rebecca Henely Sep 14, 2016

    All in all, its admirable that two issues in, Superwoman is trying to keep the readers guessing, although Im having trouble finding what the else to enjoy besides the twists. Jimenzs writing and art is decent but Im hoping that when the dust settles this book, like the Superwoman name itself — which has been used mostly for one shots, alternate universe gender swaps, and villainesses, has a stronger identity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Sep 14, 2016

    Superwoman has promise, but only if you can look past any disappointment at the loss of the first issue's potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 19, 2016

    There's a lot of promise in Superwoman, with the previous issue setting up some beautiful character moments and potential pathways going forward. However, the shock twist at the end of the first issue has set this second issue somewhat adrift from those possibilities, created several awkward fits and far too many moving parts for an early issue. Yet much of that promise still remains if the book can harness one or two of those elements and focus in on the things that matter. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Sep 16, 2016

    While Lex Luthor pontificates and the Gestalt is evacuated, a conspirator hidden in the bowels of the vessel launches the warships passive weapons at Metropolis, targeting Lexcorp-owned properties and knocking out the citys power. Lana, left alone by Loiss death and facing a pair of assailants with chalk-like skin, escapes and is joined by Steel shortly before the Special Crimes Unit arrives and takes the metahuman couple to the police station. Maggie Sawyer senses that the surviving Superwoman is being less than truthful, but the captain chooses to trust the costumed hero. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Sep 15, 2016

    The heart and soul of what makes a Superman comic what it is just isn't here. It didn't necessarily die with post-Flashpoint Lois Lane, but there isn't much effort to salvage those elements, either. Lana Lang may still develop into a viable Superwoman. She just has a lot of forces working against her and even the strength of Superman may not be enough to overcome them. Read Full Review

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