Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman

After the stunning events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the wor...

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Title:Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman
Author:Peter J. Tomasi
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ISBN:1401267769
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:176 pages

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman Reviews

  • Logan
    Nov 22, 2016

    Good! This is definitely one of the better Rebirth titles; Peter J. Tomasi I feel is a writer, who never blows my socks off with his stories, but he gets the job done, and never writes a bad story from what I've read! This one is no exception, and its a solid title; compared to Action Comics, its clear its superior in the story department, and unlike Action, it gets the family element right, mainly because Lois and Jon, don't stand around and cry every five seconds, they actually contribute and

    Good! This is definitely one of the better Rebirth titles; Peter J. Tomasi I feel is a writer, who never blows my socks off with his stories, but he gets the job done, and never writes a bad story from what I've read! This one is no exception, and its a solid title; compared to Action Comics, its clear its superior in the story department, and unlike Action, it gets the family element right, mainly because Lois and Jon, don't stand around and cry every five seconds, they actually contribute and do useful things, who knew? So anyway, the story is that The Eradicator has returned who if you don't know played a role in Return of Superman; and he wants to kill Jon, in order to keep the racial purity of Krypton's heritage, that Clark broke when him and Lois had unprotected sex! (I'm assuming that's how Jon came to be?). Story wise this is a solid read, the dialogue is good, and its got a Terminator vibe about it, which is creative for a Superman Title. Only down side is the art, its not terrible, and I did like it, but compared to Action Comics, its pretty lacklustre in the art department! But otherwise a good first volume for a solid title!

  • Anne
    Feb 24, 2017

    4.5 stars

    Oh my god, they finally got Lois Lane right!

    Yes! I

    this version of her. She's not an angsty whiner who's constant spilling secrets or idiotically trying to get the story at all costs - she's smart, kind, tough, & funny.

    And if you come after her kid, she's gonna fly to the moon, put on a Bat-bot costume, and kick your ass!

    So, yes, I'm 100% digging this Superdad thing!

    For a long time now, Superman has been missing that hu

    4.5 stars

    Oh my god, they finally got Lois Lane right!

    Yes! I

    this version of her. She's not an angsty whiner who's constant spilling secrets or idiotically trying to get the story at all costs - she's smart, kind, tough, & funny.

    And if you come after her kid, she's gonna fly to the moon, put on a Bat-bot costume, and kick your ass!

    So, yes, I'm 100% digging this Superdad thing!

    For a long time now, Superman has been missing that human side that makes him relatable, and part of that was his flirty sparring with Lois. With some characters it doesn't matter

    they're dating or even

    they're dating at all. Take Tony Stark, for example. It doesn't matter who you pair him with, he's still Iron Man. His love life doesn't affect much, story wise.

    But Clark? He

    Lois for his stories to work. And as much as I loved the Power Couple, I think that's one of the things that went wrong with the New 52's Superman.

    So this time around we're getting not only a comfortable, rock solid relationship between those two, but they have a kid to boot<--SUPERBOY!

    This volume did a great job with what I hope will be the first of many stories about this family. Now, maybe not everyone will like the tone, or the fact that Superman isn't a young guy anymore, but for readers like me, it will be a winner.

    Instead of Superman

    , he's moved past that and into a different phase of his life. I like that you see his badass side when he's fighting to keep his family safe, and I love that he trusts Lois to save herself every now and then. His parenting style seems to be a lot like his father's, and it's sweet to see those touching moments between Clark and Jon, as he's trying to help his son deal with being different.

    Jon's not some perfect child, he's a kid...and he acts like one. But he's got a good heart, and he wants to do the right thing, even if he doesn't always do it the way he should the first time around.

    I mean, most boys have a difficult time separating themselves from the shadow of their fathers, but it would be incredibly hard to live up to your expectations if your father was actually Superman.

    However, he's already a lot like his dad.

    He tends to get a little angry when you threaten his mom and try to eat his dog...

    Again, this won't be for everyone, but I am personally

    this Rebirth title!

  • Roxanne
    Sep 11, 2016

    You know the Batman trade is in trouble when i like the Superman trade more, but this was super adorable. It focuses on Clark, Lois and Jon keeping a low profile back on the farm and it doesn't sound like the greatest adventure ever, nor the most exciting plot but it's actually a really sweet read. It does move past the whole 'other Superman' thing quickly which is good because that story line just needs to end. Instead you get to know more about Jon and him learning about his abilities, plus th

    You know the Batman trade is in trouble when i like the Superman trade more, but this was super adorable. It focuses on Clark, Lois and Jon keeping a low profile back on the farm and it doesn't sound like the greatest adventure ever, nor the most exciting plot but it's actually a really sweet read. It does move past the whole 'other Superman' thing quickly which is good because that story line just needs to end. Instead you get to know more about Jon and him learning about his abilities, plus the artwork is amazing and really works well with the story. Really adds to the emotional kick in the tits this will give you, especially the panel with Jon and the cat.

    Some may find this a bit too sickly sweet, the whole family dynamic might just not be their cup of tea, but their is enough action in the last few issues to keep everyone interested. It is a good read and well worth picking up whether you're new to Supes or not.

  • Steve
    Dec 31, 2016

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

    It seems that the Superman books are the cream of the crop with DC's Rebirth. This one, like the Action Comics volume, reintroduces the Superman family, and paves the way for a promising future.

    I really like how the Eradicator was handled in this one, too.

  • Diego López Ocón
    Nov 03, 2016

    Tomasi and Gleason make the perfect duo. I loved

    (Series that you should read because they would be bringing elements from that series to this one), and I'm sure that I will love this too.

    Enjoyable from beggining to end. This issue brings back all the things that we like and adds some new things to bring Superman to a new era.

  • James DeSantis
    Jan 17, 2017

    This is by far my favorite Rebirth title.

    Peter J. Tomasi knows how to write family dynamic. If you have a family, this book hits even better. If not, well it's still really well written.

    Superman is trying to find his place. Trying to be the replacement the world needs now that their Superman has passed away. The single shot issue helps establish a conflicted Clark but once the main story hits, when you see the reason he's worried, is because of Jon (his son) it all comes together. Clark decide

    This is by far my favorite Rebirth title.

    Peter J. Tomasi knows how to write family dynamic. If you have a family, this book hits even better. If not, well it's still really well written.

    Superman is trying to find his place. Trying to be the replacement the world needs now that their Superman has passed away. The single shot issue helps establish a conflicted Clark but once the main story hits, when you see the reason he's worried, is because of Jon (his son) it all comes together. Clark decides it's time to bring Jon out, and let him be who he's destined to be! Superboy!

    There's so many amazing moments in this. From the Justice League appearance that scares Jon, to Jon fighting in Space, to Jon joining his dad in battle against the eradicator. It's so many "oh shit is about to go down" moments.

    On top of that Clark and Lois are amazing together and talk like REAL parents. I freaking loved them talking in the bedroom, but even more so loved when the whole family is together. Oh did I mention Lois kicks some serious butt too? Cause she does, and it's amazing.

    This whole story is very much worth the praise for the great dialog, VERY strong art, and well done storyline. I can't freaking wait for volume 2. Peter J. Tomasi has one of the best ongoing series atm in all of comics IMO.

  • Chris Comerford
    Jan 05, 2017

    Closer to a 4.5, if I'm honest. A really heartfelt debut for the returning, pre-Flashpoint Supes. It's clear Tomasi and Gleason still have father-son relationships on the brain, after their sterling run on Batman and Robin.

    The middle drags a bit, and Eradicator isn't a very interesting villain. But, just like a Marvel film, you're not here to see the baddie; you're better off focusing on the wonderful family unit of Clark, Lois and Jon, or the not-so-subtle themes of legacy and positive masculin

    Closer to a 4.5, if I'm honest. A really heartfelt debut for the returning, pre-Flashpoint Supes. It's clear Tomasi and Gleason still have father-son relationships on the brain, after their sterling run on Batman and Robin.

    The middle drags a bit, and Eradicator isn't a very interesting villain. But, just like a Marvel film, you're not here to see the baddie; you're better off focusing on the wonderful family unit of Clark, Lois and Jon, or the not-so-subtle themes of legacy and positive masculinity running through the book's veins.

    I was hesitant about diving into Rebirth, but if things elsewhere are as high quality as the Johns-penned DC Universe Rebirth one-shot and the new Supes series here, then consider me the keenest of beans.

  • Sam Quixote
    Jan 30, 2017

    Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, the creative team best known for their New 52 Batman and Robin run, try and recapture that title’s magic by applying a similar formula to Superman Rebirth, giving Superman a young son sidekick - and unfortunately the result is not nearly as good.

    Superman has a son now? you might ask, and, yeah, apparently he does! The New 52 Superman is dead and a flashback to the famous Death of Superman storyline where Superman fought Doomsday establishes that this is a pr

    Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, the creative team best known for their New 52 Batman and Robin run, try and recapture that title’s magic by applying a similar formula to Superman Rebirth, giving Superman a young son sidekick - and unfortunately the result is not nearly as good.

    Superman has a son now? you might ask, and, yeah, apparently he does! The New 52 Superman is dead and a flashback to the famous Death of Superman storyline where Superman fought Doomsday establishes that this is a pre-New 52 Superman (minus the red pants); except that dude wasn’t married to Lois and had a kid called Jon, so I don’t know which Superman this is! Did DC need to make this that complicated? Nope, especially as this is intended to be a jumping-on point for new readers (goddammit, they didn’t learn from their mistakes with the New 52!). I have no idea what plans they have for the character but I hope it’ll make sense in the end.

    Damian Wayne may have been a little shit but he was at least interesting - Jon isn’t. Aside from the occasional moment where he’s wigging out over his developing powers, he’s a bland kid character without much personality.

    The story of this first book is a shameless rip-off of Terminator. Really? Really. The Terminator-esque Eradicator wants to kill off the half of Jon that’s human and preserve the Kryptonian half, which makes no sense - how the hell do you do that without killing him?! Utterly ridiculous. Anyways, Superman and Jon fight Eradicator and you can imagine how it plays out – that’s the whole first volume.

    It’s underwhelming, unimaginative stuff per Tomasi’s other Superman books. Gleason’s art is strong and striking at times, there’s a handful of sweet family moments, and it’s readable enough, but not a lot of the first Superman Rebirth book did much for me. For the most part it was disappointing, derivative tedium - a weak start to this Superman run.

  • Rory Wilding
    Feb 02, 2017

    Having read a couple of DC’s Rebirth titles, it did seem like a light was shining on the publisher following The New 52, which, for many readers thought was considered a disappointment. As for Superman who really is DC’s shining example of what a superhero should be, we are always wishing the best for him even if he has featured in many bad comics, having witnessed a poor cinematic portrayal nearly a year ago with

    (it still stings). Even with its front cover of a menacing Super

    Having read a couple of DC’s Rebirth titles, it did seem like a light was shining on the publisher following The New 52, which, for many readers thought was considered a disappointment. As for Superman who really is DC’s shining example of what a superhero should be, we are always wishing the best for him even if he has featured in many bad comics, having witnessed a poor cinematic portrayal nearly a year ago with

    (it still stings). Even with its front cover of a menacing Superman flying in with his eyes glowing red, I was hoping this first volume of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s

    run has something more under its surface than a man of action. Sadly, there isn’t.

    Following their run on The New 52’s Batman and Robin, Tomasi and Gleason shifts the father-son dynamic towards Clark Kent and his son Jonathan. Living the simple farmer’s life with his wife, Lois Lane and his son, Clark steps out of the shadows, ready to assume the mantle of Superman, following the death of his New 52 counterpart. However, when the Eradicator tries to continue Krypton’s legacy by targeting Jonathan, both father and son must stand together against this mechanical threat.

    For newcomers who wish to make a start at reading Superman comics, this is not a great place to start. Beginning with the

    one-shot, you are introduced the pre-New 52 Clark, who is acknowledging his life to Lana Lang whilst honouring the death of his counterpart. Right from the start, this issue is throwing too much information at the reader in terms of how one Superman is telling his “Death and Return” (with pages recreating his infamous battle with Doomsday) as well as telling another’s death. It suffers from exactly a recurring problem that many writers have with Superman, it is over-explaining the character whose simplicity as a do-gooder from Kansas is what defines him, and none of this overly convoluted sci-fi nonsense.

    When we get to the first arc which initially sets up this interesting family dynamic, especially with how Jonathan is coming in terms of his powers, once the main villain is revealed, it pretty much goes downhill. Given his Terminator-like appearance, the Eradicator’s plan is to eradicate Jonathan’s human side whilst preserving his Kryptonian side. It doesn’t make sense and when his backstory is revealed and how he maintains Krypton’s legacy is even more puzzling.

    Primarily drawn by co-storyteller Patrick Gleason, who may not be consistent when it comes to character design, but his art is vibrant and tender as he can balance big action and family intimacy. Despite the change of artists on some issues that can be jarring, there are plenty of splash pages that display heartwarming moments, even in the midst of the repetitive slugfest between its hero and villain throughout most of the arc.

    Despite its initial set-up of a father-son dynamic that should’ve warmed our hearts as well as being the origin story of the new Superboy, is sadly succumbed by an overly convoluted plot. If this volume sets up what is to come for the rest of this ongoing run, I might as well read

    over and over again.

  • Brian Poole
    Feb 09, 2017

    kicks off the

    era in strong fashion with

    .

    Following the death of the young Superman, an older version from the now-defunct post-

    reality begins to emerge from the shadows. This Superman’s been hiding out on the DC Earth for years, with his wife, Lois Lane, and their young son, Jonathan. The other heroes begin to become aware of him, though they don’t exactly trust him. Jonathan’s emerging powers inadvertently give rise to the birth of the Eradicator, determi

    kicks off the

    era in strong fashion with

    .

    Following the death of the young Superman, an older version from the now-defunct post-

    reality begins to emerge from the shadows. This Superman’s been hiding out on the DC Earth for years, with his wife, Lois Lane, and their young son, Jonathan. The other heroes begin to become aware of him, though they don’t exactly trust him. Jonathan’s emerging powers inadvertently give rise to the birth of the Eradicator, determined to preserve a pure Kryptonian bloodline. Superman and Lois go to extremes to protect their son, leading to a massive showdown on the Moon that puts this Superman firmly in the public eye.

    Long-time collaborators Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason get the

    era of

    off to an invigorating start. During the New 52 years, it was rare to find a truly compelling Superman tale. A host of top line creators struggled to find a compelling hook for the venerable character and his supporting cast. Bringing the post-

    Superman back into the spotlight, with his wife and son a prominent part of the proceedings, gives the writers a lot to work with. The “super family” concept, the need to both protect Jon and train him, provides a powerful dramatic engine for the reborn series.

    Tomasi and Gleason have a strong grasp of their characters. They write the Clark/Lois relationship rather well, providing a relatable portrait of a long-term marriage that gives a realistic anchor to the wilder story of the book. The duo handles young Jon rather effectively, too. They get the right mix of childish wonder that a boy in Jon’s position would feel without making him excessively “goody two shoes.” Jon has a believable bond with each of his parents and the family dynamic gives the book dimensions that are fairly unique in DC’s current line-up.

    Eradicator is a good villain for the inaugural arc. He provides a challenge firmly based in Superman’s heritage that gives the creative team an excuse to “go big.” Over the course of the story, other classic Superman elements come into play and the character’s new status quo is firmly established by the wrap. In seven issues, Tomasi and Gleason do more to bring Superman into the modern age than other creators did with the misguided “young and hip” makeover of the New 52 era.

    Gleason is also the primary artist on the arc, working with long-time collaborators inker Mick Gray and colorist John Kalisz. That trio has a well-established aesthetic that works nicely for Superman. There are plenty of bold, one- and two-page splashes that project a lot of drama and the images have a dynamic flow that keeps the energy level high. They employ a savvy blend of traditional page construction and creative layouts and know when to mute things with a subdued palate and heavier use of shadows and when to cut loose with bright, bold tones. Also contributing here are Doug Mahnke (who has a long history with the character) and Jorge Jimenez. Both employ styles similar enough to Gleason’s that the occasional art team shift, while not invisible, isn’t disruptive. It’s a good indicator that, so far at least, this book is navigating the twice-monthly publishing schedule fairly smoothly.

    If you felt like you haven’t read a satisfying

    story in years, then

    is worth checking out. It will restore your faith in the franchise.