Review: Superman #1
The Last Son of Krypton must decide whether to help his young son use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world.
Looking for a Superman comic full of action? Yeah, this issue is not it. Superman #1, written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason is a very interesting first issue that in a way is an origin issue, but not for Clark White/Superman [It’s been pointed out in the comments that Lois gives the last name “Smith,” a departure from before – Ed]. Instead, the focus really is about his son. This Superman is more about the super boy that is learning his way through his powers.
The issue is reflective in many ways with Tomasi having Clark thinking about what his presence on Earth means and his role in taking over as Superman. The issue also is a fascinating first steps for his son using his powers and it all together feels like a reset and classic “origin” tale in some ways. But, instead of us getting a retelling of Superman’s origin, instead it’s his son who goes through some of the similar steps as his father did. It’s brilliant to make this the focus which gives us the familiar drum beats but not a repeat of what we’ve seen so many times. Again, a blending of the old and new which is the underlying theme and goal of Rebirth.
And that homage to what’s come before isn’t just in the story. Artist Patrick Gleason riffs on the 1986 John Byrne Man of Steel #1 in a two page spread that reminded me of that comic’s cover. It’s a great spread, hell I want it as a poster, that transitions from the black suit Clark White used to wear and the morose reflective beginning, to a more colorful and hopeful new direction. That goes directly into another two page spread walking us through this Superman’s history. It’s pretty blunt as to what’s being gone for and it really works.
I loved this issue. Its focus on the White family is a step back from high flying action we can get elsewhere and the focus on the next generation is such a great direction. The comic isn’t full of action, but it has a hell of a lot of heart. I haven’t read much Superman for a while, but this has me counting down until the next issue.
Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Patrick Gleason
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
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