Review: Superman: Rebirth #1

SMREB_Cv1_dsThe world needs a Superman and with the New 52 Superman apparently dead the pre-52 Superman looks to take his place. Superman: Rebirth #1 bridges the gap between what was and what is to come in a fascinating comic that serves as an end cap to the fantastic Superman: Lois and Clark miniseries.

To catch people up, after Convergence, the Superman who was married to Lois Lane and have a son Jonathan came to the New 52 universe and took the name of the Whites. Clark White/Superman went to it, attempting to prevent the rise of villains and disasters her experienced in his world. At the same time he made sure to protect his family and forge a new life. Written by Dan Jurgens, the miniseries featuring the Whites was a modern look with a classic feel and the comic ended with hope and positivity that had me smiling.

This issue picks up where that miniseries left off as well as writer Peter J. Tomasi‘s Superman #52 which had the New 52 Superman sacrificing himself to stop a villain. We’ve seen Superman die before and be resurrected. So what’s stopping this Superman from doing the same? And how does this pre-52 Superman rectify his experiences with this new world? That’s what this comic does.

SMREB_1_4I don’t want to give too much away, because what’s done here is very smart, but the comic has the pre-52 Superman connecting with Lana Lang and discussing the deceased Clark/Superman as well as the pre-52 Superman’s experiences. It definitely sets where things are and moves forward in a way that should clear skepticism or cynicism for readers. This is a muted and stripped down memorial issue and one that has honoring the Superman legacy at its heart.

The art of Doug Mahnke on pencils and Jaime Mendoza on inks is solid taking us through some pretty iconic moments in Superman’s history. The story has a mix of action and quieter moments, and what these two do is give us battles with quiet conversations that reflect the solemn setting. There’s also a sense of scale in some of the scenes that really gives you a great feel for the scope of the settings.

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.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Art: Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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