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Superman: Rebirth #1

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A new chapter in Superman's life begins here.

The New-52 Superman is dead, and the pre-Flashpoint Superman swoops in with the hopes of reviving his counterpart. Can Superman be brought back from the dead?

Superman Rebirth is a bit of a mixed bag. There is a lot of potential here. Where the issue shines is that anyone can pick this up, regardless of whether or not you've been reading Superman or not and feel completely included in the current events. This issue is better at preparing new readers for the future over anything else.

The art is awesome on this issue. Doug Mahnke pencils, with Jaime Mendoza on inks, and Wil Quintana on colors. The two-page spread featuring Superman and Doomsday squaring-off is pretty epic and brings back memories of when Superman #75 hit the shelves.

The book hits on many different levels of nostalgia, whether it's the classic "Death of Superman" storyline or just the beginning of the New 52 universe a few years back. It reaches out to the reader to re-motivate their love of the character, and it works. Writers Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have a love for Superman really shows, and that's the type of storytellers you want on a book with such an iconic character.

There is a lot of Superman's history recapped in this issue, pre-Flashpoint that is. We relearn all about how he died, while fighting Doomsday, and how he came back. Even the opening of the issue starts with a quick recap of what happened to Superman. Understandably, before Rebirth, Superman's story wasn't all finished.

It feels like this issue is the bottom of a large mountain for this Superman to climb. All of the other Rebirth titles this week gave readers an idea of where each book was going, while delivering an entertaining story. Superman: Rebirth gives readers an interesting story but it feels like something is missing. The majority of the issue is dialogue between Superman and Lana, and while there are some interesting developments from that, it doesn't pack the same bang as other titles and feels more like an issue paying homage to the last Superman rather than something leading to the upcoming titles. This is a bit of a bummer because this story has the most potential for greatness, considering where it left off.

Superman: Rebirth wasn't as good as we hoped, considering where we were left off during "The Last Days of Superman," but there's a ton of potential here for the future series. The art is fantastic and while there's not a whole lot happening here, aside from what feels like catch up meets a eulogy, it's a pretty good issue that leaves readers wanting more.

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Posted By Squalleon

This was a set-up issue. An excellent one at that.

Really enjoyed it.

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Edited By Ando123

I actually enjoyed it, keep up the good work tomasi!

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Posted By dondave

This was a set-up issue. An excellent one at that.

Really enjoyed it.

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Edited By the_stegman

I really, REALLY liked this issue. It's set up and ratification all in one. And I smiled at the end when Old Superman added the thing to New Superman's Fortress.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

I pretty much feel the same way, not entirely sure what to think of this. Has some good ideas, and I like that they're leaving the possibility of the other Supes coming back, as well as honoring what's come before, but this still feels kinda weird

I also agree with the art thing. It's hard to make that older Superman costume look good using modern comic art styles, but Mahnke does a great job (granted IDK how it'd look if it were present for more than a few pannels and we had that constantly, but still, credit where credit is due).

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Posted By Batman3000

Loved this one too. I actually had the chance to pick up all Rebirth issues that came out today. Now all I got left to read is GL's and Green Lantern

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Edited By casper4690

I agree with many of the posts above . This was actually mY favorite rebirth title that came out today. It definitely brought a smile to my face towards the end . Can't wait to see what direction Tomasi takes supes

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Posted By IAmNotGroot

3 stars?! Why did you hate this so much, Mat?!

But seriously, this is the first on-going issue of Superman I have ever picked up, and I enjoyed it. I'll probably keep reading with it being just $3.

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Edited By xblah_blahx

so are there two Lois Lanes now?

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Edited By apokos7

Such a great issue. Connecting past storylines with the ones to come, setting up the future, fresh jumping on point, respecting the past. The Superman line is about to be amazing with Rebirth.

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Posted By SaintWildcard

While this is leaves the door open for new possibilities and new dynamics, can't say I'm very interested in this version. He's still the same stiff I've seen in the stories I've read (but then again, Tomasi did write him like this during his run, only a big more angry).

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Posted By Squalleon

so are there two Lois Lanes now?

Yes, the N52 Lois will star in Superwoman.

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Posted By Nite_Nite

I know what superman's secret is...

#haildarkseid

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Posted By incursion2
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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

I really hope the mystery is that Superman was Wonder Woman's brother all along.

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Posted By dondave

I really hope the mystery is that Superman was Wonder Woman's brother all along.

I doubt that would ever happen.

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Posted By superhoodie

I really liked this issue, I can not wait for the next.

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Posted By Farkam

I really hope the mystery is that Superman was Wonder Woman's brother all along.

And Darkseid is their father.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave said:
@jonny_anonymous said:

I really hope the mystery is that Superman was Wonder Woman's brother all along.

I doubt that would ever happen.

But it would be sooo funny

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Posted By UltimatePower6

I liked this issue. I'm giving Superman a chance only because of Tomasi, but I found this issue really touching, especially Superman's realization at the end.

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

Much like Batman, this was very much a setup issue, which is fine. I think it did what it needed to do to get readers old and new up to speed. I'm looking forward to the next issue. I'm also thankful for the N52 Superman outcome.

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Posted By tparks

I really hope this series grows into it's potential, which is really high.

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Posted By blackagar

I loved this, I'm surprised by the review. Imo this is a great start for something potentially amazing.

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Posted By DogSoldier88

I read it. It was pretty good. But I'm still calling "BullS**t". N52 Superman was originally billed as the "real" Superman with another history. Now we have to believe that he never was the "real" Superman. While that "new revelation" vindicates me in some of my debates about N52 Superman's power levels and continuity changes, it's a reverse slap in the face to everyone who jumped on board during the New 52 reboot. Not sure I'll stick around for the old Superman.

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Posted By MAZAHS117

I really like this issue. Glad to have Post-Crisis Supes back

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Edited By Fastestmanalive

Really liked this issue. Great art. Really liked the scenes with the death of Superman flashbacks. Great to see the classic scenes.

I dont get everyone's complaint that it was all setup. It kind of needs it. Most series have the same status qou or maybe a slight shakeup.But last we saw Superman nu52 had died and prenu52 still did not decide to step in. Kinda gotta show how he does that i think.

But besides for that the story itself was pretty good. Only complaint was that it felt too short. But probably cuz I wanted more.

Batman was ok. Great art but kinda all over the place and had even less story.

Can't wait for next week's Action Comics.

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Posted By comicace3

Really like this issue.

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Posted By deactivated-5c6600594117e

Liked this issue quite a bit. Mahnke's art was rock solid and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes from here. The price tag also makes it really appealing.

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Posted By deactivated-5c6600594117e

so the new series is going to feature this Superman and his son? I am a bit confused...

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Posted By JwalserV2

Liked the issue a bunch. Can't believe you only gave it 3/5

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Posted By Soldy

Great issue. Art is beautiful and writing is spot on. Much better than Batman Rebirth.

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Posted By Pres_Superman

I know what superman's secret is...

#haildarkseid

Lol

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Edited By TDK_1997

This Rebirth issue was the best one from the bunch. It really gave it's readers the idea of what they should expect, what direction the new volume will be heading and what this "new"-old version of Superman actually stands about. It might have missed the point of exactly foreshadowing what will be next for Superman, for Lana and etc. but I think it was the best set-up issue from the ones that came out this week.

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Posted By the_stegman
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Posted By Lunarstorm

How can post-crisis superman be the real one and not the new52 one, makes no sense. It's like saying Golden age superman or silver age superman or bronze age superman are all fake. This was not the pitch DC sold us when New 52 was launched. It was to bring in new readers and not force them to know all the old stories so they can have a smooth transition into comics. Now with Rebirth they just killed off New52 Superman implying he was fake so post crisis Superman or pre-flashpoint Superman can make a comeback with all it's old baggage. This is DC fking around.

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Edited By lettsplay10

@dondave said:
@squalleon said:

This was a set-up issue. An excellent one at that.

Really enjoyed it.

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Posted By silveragefanguy

@squalleon: There are several items I hope Rebirth will address in the future. At the conclusion of the Convergence story it seems as if everything was supposed to have been restored back to Pre Crisis mode since even that event was jettisoned in current continuity. I.E. Crisis on Infinite Earths never happened. If that is truly the case, let's have our real, Pre John Byrne Superman back then. The Curt Swan version of Superman that is.

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Posted By deactivated-5c6600594117e

@the_stegman: thank you good sir. Haven't had the proper time to get all the details of Rebirth just yet.

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Posted By Rainshadow777

I just posted this in a thread on the DC Comics page and I'm too lazy to come up with new material so here it is again. (I'm coming at the book as someone who hasn't read the last few New 52 issues so I only know the existing context from what i read here and other places):

Superman was definitely my favourite of the two (Superman and Batman rebirths) because there seemed to me to be a pretty decent narrative. The Doomsday battle recap was cool (I only read the original a couple of weeks ago) and even though there was no real explanation for why pre-Flashpoint Superman was hanging around New 52 Superman's grave and then fortress of solitude I more or less knew what was going on. The reference to Coast City being annihilated and apparently "a giant engine growing" in its place was completely bewildering to me and obviously something from a past issue. Overall though it was cool and I got it but I thought they might have made some of the context a bit clearer. Someone walking into a store and buying this off the shelves might be a bit uncertain as to why there is a number 1 on the cover though. It's very much a continuation of an existing story. Don't get me started on Batman though...

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Posted By alsummers

Yeah I too am a bit confused why this got 3/5 while Bats got 5/5. This issue had more character and heart with the set-up than the Batman issue, and seemed self-aware in that it's really trying to be setup that actually had a satisfying conclusion. I guess its a matter of preference I guess.

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Posted By darkdetective27

3 stars?! Ouch thats like a one star review on any other site.

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Posted By gsmith777

I really miss new 52 Superman. He wasn't perfect and that was awesome! He just needed some stories that would mold him into the ultimate hero. The writers did a good job especially with the latest arc of taking superman through some intense struggles. I mean he really was pushed to the edge. Whatever DC does I hope they bring new 52 superman back!

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Posted By Blackdog2009

Superman: "I know Superman is coming back and I'm gonna help no matter what. I have faith" .

Later that day... "oh this fortress doesn't have a regeneration chamber, nevermind, Superman's dead, he's not coming back... EVER!"

Bring New52 Superman back! stop this backtracking horse&hit DC.

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Edited By Squalleon

3 stars?! Ouch thats like a one star review on any other site.

Its because this Rebirth one-shot isn't a one of adventure. But rather than a set-up/introductory/epilogue mix with interesting dialogue and solid art to close N52 Superman's chapter and introduce the dynamics of P52 Superman.

Personally and considering the comments above, most enjoyed it a lot, the ones that didn't are the ones who are bummed about N52 Superman's death or the ones who wanted it to be a glimpse of what's to come.


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Edited By darkdetective27

@squalleon: Seems like Ill probably enjoy it then. Still its surprising to see a 3 star review as the lowest this site ever go is 3 stars.

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Posted By Squalleon

@squalleon: Seems like Ill probably enjoy it then. Still its surprising to see a 3 star review as the lowest this site ever go is 3 stars.

They go lower. I have seen enough fabled 1 star,s but on topic this is one of the best Rebirth issues. I promise.

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Posted By darkdetective27
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Posted By Synack1138

my only nitpick would be the de aging of the Pre N52 superman. in Louis and Clark he looks older and now he looks much younger to me. But the story really worked with me. Also his decision to resurrect N52 superman to quickly change his mind did seem fast.

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Posted By Squalleon

my only nitpick would be the de aging of the Pre N52 superman. in Louis and Clark he looks older and now he looks much younger to me. But the story really worked with me. Also his decision to resurrect N52 superman to quickly change his mind did seem fast.

It really depends on the rendering of the artist. It wasn't done intentionally.

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