Review; Superman: Rebirth #1
Review by Paul Fiander
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason.
Art by: Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke
Colours by Wil Quantana
Cover by: Doug Mahnke
Variant cover by: Andy Park
Published by DC Comics
Warning Light spoilers ahead; Although we nave not mentioned any specific incidents, there are minimal spoilers for the the events of this book below. So tred carefully.
If there is one character in Comics that I struggle with it’s Superman. Although I love some of the things they have done with him in the past, I could never say he was anywhere near a must read for me.The recent Superman American Alien was just my cup of tea, a young Superman learning who is and what he can do speak to me more than many of the Man of Steel’s recent escapades. This story however is not related to Landis’s work but in some part they have a similarity that I found appealing.
With Superman gone it’s time for Superman to come to the rescue. This will sound odd to new readers but for those who have kept up with the events and read Superman #52 then I’m sure you are nodding away right now. This planet’s new hero comes in a darker costume than we are used to and with the help of Lana Lang he sets about trying to find an answer as to the ultimate fate of his fallen comrade. In a more exposition issue there is little action other than a really well crafted recap, that does a much better job than my spiel above. In my defence I’m trying to avoid spoilers. This opening page helps to acclimatise readers though for new readers I would still say go and read Superman #52 as an appetiser to this issue.
The storytellers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason do a great pacing job of adding in the small bits of action to make this a relatively quick yet fulfilling read. This is helped by the artwork with Doug Mahnke (Pencils) and Jaime Mendoza (Inker) capturing some amazing action scenes. The character models are constant throughout and Superman’s body feels powerful without entering the world of the Bodybuilder. there are though more than a few outstanding images that would happily adorn the wall of my office.
Much like American Alien this story is about coming to terms with who you are and the hand you have been dealt. The fights and action are second place to a story that tries to show the humanity of earths favourite Alien.
I’m not going to say that this issue has moved me to become a steadfast Superman fan, I don’t honestly believe any single issue can do that but I am intrigued by this new Son of Krypton and where he will fit in in the world at large. My Interest has certainly been peaked but now it is up to the creative team to write their story and it will hopefully reel me in even more.