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Review: New Super-Man #2

NSM_Cv2_dsThe New Super-Man must face off against the Justice League of China? When Kenan Kong was imbued with the powers of Superman, he didn’t waste any time using them! Now it’s up to the New Bat-Man and New Wonder-Woman of his home country to bring our hero back down to earth—just in time to stop the attack of the deadly Sunbeam!

Two issues in and writer Gene Luen Yang has me scratching my head a bunch with New Super-Man, an interesting take on Chinese versions of iconic DC superheroes. I initially had a

I initially had a theory that Yang was giving us a sly commentary about Chinese copyright infringement, and he might still be, but this issue is more slapstick comedy than the first. It’s a shift in tone in a lot of ways.

The comic really focuses on the dynamic of The Bat-Man, The Wonder-Woman of China, and the New Super-Man. It’s an interesting one and not smooth at all as insults are thrown around and clear the three don’t get along. It’s a lot more Bugs Bunny than I’d expect with running jokes about a shock system and the out of shape Bat-Man.

I think the one issue I have with this series is it doesn’t feel Chinese, it feels American with Chinese characters. It could be very accurate and I’m the one who only knows stereotypes, but I’m waiting to see more of the China I’ve seen in documentaries. The Bat-Man and The Wonder-Woman of China don’t feel like trained soldiers who follow orders as I’d expect and instead they’re a bit too independent.

The art by Viktor Bogdanovic is really good. I still think that Kenan Kong looks inconsistent in his design at times, but I like the Bat-Man’s look. It’s slightly larger, though maybe not 100% clear he’s pudgy. There’s some great action as the three battle and the humor is amped up due to the art. It’s a good pairing of story and art.

New Super-Man is one of the most intriguing of the Rebirth titles. Two issues in and I’m excited to see where it goes, and have no idea what to expect next.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Viktor Bogdanovic
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review