Superman: Rebirth #1 Comic Book Review/Recap

Superman: Rebirth #1 – The Return of Clark Kent?


Superman: Rebirth #1 Comic Book Recap

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

It won’t surprise you to know that Superman lives by these words.  And he has a feeling his New 52 counterpart did, too.  But unlike his younger version, the older, original Superman was forced to help from the shadows – keeping his family safe and a secret.  However, evil found them, and no matter what the personal cost, Clark couldn’t stand by and let this world lose it’s Superman.

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But, of course, that Clark was too busy saving others to be saved himself.  They didn’t get much of a chance to talk – there was a lot he wanted to say – but now, Superman is dead.  Buried here in Metropolis.  And… huh… he’s not alone.  Underground, Lana Lang works away, when she is delighted to see Superman returned.  Clark is forced to let her down, explaining that he is not her Superman.  She is disappointed, and a little outraged, until he explains who he is.

Lana only wants to steal her Superman’s remains so her friend can be buried with his parents in Kansas, but Superman has a better idea – he can bring the Kryptonian back to life.  He tells her of how he too was killed, once.  How he fought his world’s Doomsday to a standstill at the cost of his own life.  How he died for his friends and family… only to return.  He and Lana agree to take the New 52 Superman’s remains to this world’s Fortress of Solitude, in the hopes of retrieving similar tech to that which brought the original Superman back to life.

Superman: Rebirth #1 – The Return of Clark Kent?

Clark is able to easily access the Fortress’ systems, as they are familiar to his Fortress, and they search for something called a Regeneration Matrix, which should be able to revive the New 52 Superman.  However, they are out of luck.  No such artifact exists within the confines of the fortress.  But, the system does recognize Clark’s Kryptonian physiology, and a recorded message plays out for the two.

The New 52 Superman greets what he assumes is his cousin Kara.  If she is watching this, it means he is dead, and she is the last Kryptonian.  As he begins giving out instructions, the other Superman ends the transmission.  That message is not for them.  Two things stand out about this to the older Superman – one that this idea is obvious yet he never thought to do it himself, and two, that New 52 Clark built statues honoring both his parents, something Clark finds particularly touching.  He apologizes to Lana Lang.  He was mistaken.  The Superman of this world is dead, and he can’t bring the man back.  But he’d like to help Lana with her goal.

Together, they bring Clark Kent home.  Though the Superman of the world that was could bury him with ease, Lana insists on doing it herself.  He leaves her with one final thought – that on two very different worlds, two very different Clark Kents were very lucky to both have a Lana Lang in their lives.

It’s important that this Clark is not forgotten.  And all that is left… all that the world needs, now… is Superman.

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Superman: Rebirth #1 Comic Book Review/Review

Hello and welcome to Comic Island!  My name is Arden, and this is my recap, and review, of Superman Rebirth #1!

So I’ve decided to take a look back at a couple of the Rebirth comics we haven’t touched yet.  Mostly because I feel like I’ve been a bit out of sorts with DC lately, so I figured it would be fun to test the waters with a couple of titles.

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First up is Superman: Rebirth, and honestly?  This one really impressed me.  It had so much counting against it.  Not only is Superman a notoriously difficult character to write for in general, but this is a comic heavy on flashbacks and is basically just 20 pages of pure exposition.  Yes I find this is a good comic.  And not like, this is good for a Superman comic, or this is good for a comic for something basically previewing the new world of Superman, this is just a good comic on it’s own merits, without any need for further qualification.

And that is a hell of a feat!  Peter Tomasi does some great writing here and I really enjoyed it, but it’s the art that I feel makes this comic spot on.  It’s so well drawn that it made me really like the flashback to the Death of Superman, which is a story I’ve always been pretty meh about.  But seeing it here with the added context of the New 52 Superman’s death really made it work for me, and I feel the high quality art really added a lot to that feeling.

So, yes.  This was quite the comic.  It left me feeling affirmed that yes, DC has many great Superman stories for years to come.  I didn’t really have much feelings about the older Superman returning one way or another until I read this comic, but now?  I’m excited about the idea.  It’s the old Superman, yes, but not one rolled back in any meaningful way.  So all those great adventures and stories live on inside of him.  One way or another, he has to move forward.  He has a family.  It’s a new territory even if they’re going back to an older character.

There’s something remarkable about that, and I’m really, really looking forward to what comes next.  This comic comes highly recommended.  It was a great read which has left me optimistic about the future when it comes to DC and hopeful for what is to come.  Let me know what you think in the comments section below, and don’t forget to like, subscribe, and keep reading comics.

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