Superman Rebirth 1 – 17

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Superman (Volume 4) #1
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason

Ok in this issue – the first of Post-Rebirth Superman comic – we are introduced to Clark and Lois and their son Jon’s new farm where Jon accidentally kills his cat when he is trying to save it. I am sorry but that is the kind of dark shit I thought was not going to happen in Rebirth. I mean we had a cat killed in the Batman series already why do I need to be reading two series in a row where cats die. Come on DC! Anyways, this was a good start I guess but I can’t say much happens other than Jon being upset they have to hide who they are and Wonder Woman and Batman showing up to talk to Superman. Also, something weird is going on with Superman’s hands and it relates to Rebirth.

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Superman (Volume 4) #2
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason

Ya right she would not be proud the kid accidentally killed the cat, she would be pissed and upset but only pretending to be okay cause she knew it was an accident. This is a pet’s death. People get more upset about it than Tomasi is writing here. Ugh. I like how Tomasi writes Jon over in Super Sons but I find him a bit annoying so far in this series. Also, why do they expect him to be able to fly at all one day? He is half-human. Are they thinking of Connor Kent and that is why? Because Connor was human and krpytonian but he was a clone maybe it is different.

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Superman (Volume 4) #3
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Jorge Jimenez

It is still confusing me if this Eradicator came from the New 52 Krpyton or is the New 52 Superman not a real Superman at all but something else. It will be interesting how this plays out because the Eradicator is not acting like he comes from an alternate Krypton. As for Krypto’s death here I imagine it is not to last but Jon’s reaction is the way I would have reacted.

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Superman (Volume 4) #4
Written by Peter Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason

In this issue, the fight with the Eradicator goes from the Arctic to Metropolis. Were the souls of dead Kryptonians always in the Eradicator’s body? This was the best issue so far and the most action packed. That is all I really have to say about it. Gleason is usually a better artist than this though.

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Superman (Volume 4) #5
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Doug Mahnke

In this incredible issue Mahnke does a great job taking over art duties as Superman, Lois, and Jon fight the Eradicator in a Batcave on the moon! The fact that Batman has a cave on the moon is just beyond awesome and when Lois put on a Bat-mecha suit that is awesome too. Good issue.

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Superman (Volume 4) #6
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Gleason

The Eradicator is defeated after Krypto returns from within him and Superman is revealed to the world from a broadcast on the moon. In the end, Superman introduces his son as Superboy to Batman and Wonder Woman. It would be great if Clark mentions Connor at some point to Jon wouldn’t it? It will probably never happen remember when he never mentioned Linda Danvers to Kara at any point either? That was ever more annoying. Good issue though.

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Superman (Volume 4) #7
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleson
Art by Jorge Jimenez

This was a cute little issue about Superman taking his family to the local town fair. In between them checking out the booth and talking to people, Superman is able to stop a robbery (Jesus, what is the crime rate in the DCU). It was a nice story and I really enjoyed Jorge Jimenez’s art, he knows how to draw expressions. That being said, I really wish they lived in Metropolis. Also, why is this town Hamilton said to be in Hamilton, Metropolis. Metropolis is a city, not a state, and it is about time DC admits it is in Delaware.

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Superman (Volume 4) #8
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Doug Mahnke

This was an okay I guess issue as Superman, his son, and Krpyto accidentally are transported to Dinosaur Island. They find some remains of World War 2 guys. Nothing too exciting in my opinion.

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Superman (Volume 4) #9
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Doug Mahnke

In this issue, Superman and his son fight with a Captain Storm off of Dinosaur Island only to realize that one of the creatures they are fighting is being controlled by a cybernetic thing in its eye similar to the sea creature from the a few issues back. It looks like this might be related to Mr. Oz and Rebirth…or is it something else all together?

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Superman (Volume 4) #10
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Gleason

Maybe because I really am a Bat-fan at heart or because Damian called Jon out on killing Lois’s cat in a way NO ONE ELSE has in this book, but I think this is the best issue of this series so far. In it, we find out that Damian has been spying on Jon with a girl named Maya (who is she?) and they both take him back to the Batcave when he develops Freeze breath and sneezes on them. Batman and Superman analyze Jon’s DNA together while the boys get in a fight. It was a lot of fun.

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Superman (Volume 4) #11
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Gleason

This comic was not written for someone like me and I get that but can we have a Superman comic and not a Jon Kent story every issue of this book? I mean really…why would Batman and Superman ever put their sons through bootcamp? Also, why would Superman even let Jon wear the S when he is so young? I just don’t buy it and I did not care. I want Superman stories in the Superman book. Save this stuff for Super Sons.

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Superman (Volume 4) #12
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Doug Mahnke

Ok after the overwhelming cutesyness of the last few issues, this was a return to form for me! Action-packed and guest starring Frankenstein. Through the whole issue, you think that Frankenstein is after the wrong woman but at the very end it seems like Superman was wrong. Thanks to great art by Mahnke you would never suspect this woman was not innocent. The only problem with this is I don’t buy a local newspaper being interested in investigative reporting like Lois wants to do.

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Superman (Volume 4) #13
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Doug Mahnke

This was the second part of the Frankenstein guest starring storyline and this time The Bride shows up in all her glory. These characteres really don’t show up in comics enough and Mahnke draws them like a pro. I am still waiting for Superman himself to become interesting in this book though.

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Superman (Volume 4) #14
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Ivan Reis

This issue begins a Multiverse focused story which is always exciting. I never read Multiversity but I loved how Morrison built up the multiverse during Final Crisis so I suppose I should read it sometime. So these creatures are going throughout the multiverse and capturing the different versions of Superman. I was surpised that Earth-2 Superman was there since he is dead but I suppose they could have taken him from earlier in the timeline when he was not dead, same with the Earth 45 Superman. I assume Morrison set up the different Earths well and the editors at DC (Didio) will screw that up like they did before Pre-Flashpoint so I will be watching and calling them out on it if they do.

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Superman (Volume 4) #15
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Ryan Sook and Ed Benes

In this issue, we are introduced to Earth-14 which I did research one and it was a world mysteriously unrevealed in Morrison’s Multiversity. I hope Tomasi called and asked Morrison if he had plans for this world and did not just use it for this one off story. If so, that is kinda shitty. The contunuity in this story is a bit annoying, Superman should remember Final Crisis and remember most of these alternate Supermen right? He doesn’t act like it. That being said, this was awesome and I loved the final page.

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Superman (Volume 4) #16
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Tony Daniel and Clay Mann

So this Prophecy guy talks about a coming cataclysm that will effect the whole multiverse. I wonder if this is the Crisis alluded to in the Justice League book. I also wonder why Superman is an anomaly here. I assumed that the New 52 Superman was the true anomaly all along and we were just being led to think otherwise. I mean in the Justice League book it is said they are all just the same character as Pre-flashpoint with their memories erased. So why is Superman different? Anyways, this was fantastic! And it ties into Rebirth with Mr. Oz showing up. I can’t wait to see where this all goes.

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Superman (Volume 4) #17
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Sebastian Fiumara

In this beautifully drawn issue, Jon Kent and his friend Kathy go looking for her Grandpa is Dead Man’s Swamp and run into an tall Alien like thing and a creepy magical house. The grandpa later says it is all a hallucination due to the fog but I have a feeling there is more to the story than that. Superman barely appears in this issue…in a series called Superman. That annoys me a bit.

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