Superman: Rebirth #1 review
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Artist: Doug Mahnke
Inker: Jaime Mendoza
Colorist: Wil Quinatana
Letterer: Rob Leighh
Cover: Doug Manhke
Variant Cover: Andy Park
Publisher: DC Comics
DC wants to earn back the reader’s trust with DC: Rebirth. Contrary to popular belief, it’s NOT a reboot, but it does bring back classic comic tropes fans have been missing. There have been several one shots released to showcase what has actually changed with each character. Superman, however, has one of the biggest changes of the events: He’s dead. As we all know, comic book deaths are meaningless, what will happen going forward with Superman stories now that the title character is dead?
Post Crisis Superman stands over the not-yet-finished monument Metropolis built for the now dead New 52 Superman. While there he meets someone trying to take his remains from his grave: Lana Lang. She’s here to keep her promise by burying him back in Smallville with the Kents, but Post Crisis Supes argues it’s unnecessary, because it’s only a matter of time before this Superman comes back to life. After all, what’s death to a Kryptonian?
This book has one mission statement: to make you believe that this Superman is the same Superman you knew before the New 52 happened. It pretty much plays out like a greatest hits of the 90’s Dan Jurgens run..but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work. Not only that, but personality wise he’s different also. He believes in the impossible. Why? Because this Superman has done the impossible. How will this optimistic Superman interact with the “realistic” world of the New 52? We’ll just have to wait and see.
With the return of an older, more powerful Superman, you have to wonder if DC is making the right move, or are they buckling under reader pressure? Don’t get me wrong, New 52 had it’s share of missteps (which I documented here) but you have to ask yourself was he given the same fair shake as Post Crisis Supes? Yes, you can argue New 52 Batman was up and running, so how and why did Superman stumble? That answer is simple: DC didn’t change Batman. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Meanwhile with Superman they made radical changes to the character, which divided fans very quickly.
Overall this story gives you what you want, the return of the Superman you grew up with. Is it a cop out? We’ll have to see. Until then…SUPERMAN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE SUPERMAN!