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As far as I’m concerned, Superman is the best mainstream comic in the new Rebirth and I can’t recall a time when Superman has been written and drawn this well. In fact, Superman is kicking butt in both Superman AND Action Comics. I am just enjoying the heck out of the Superman stories but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. Superman Book 2 leads off Superman Annual 1 which is just one long encounter between Superman and Swamp Thing. This one was a bit of a head scratcher for me but the art by Jorge Jimenez is GORGEOUS.
The next story arc is a three-parter that is kind of a follow up to Grant Morrison’s Multiversity. I adored Multiversity but this story arc is really not that good. It felt empty and pointless which is a shame because I’d been hoping for a continuation of the ideas Morrison developed. There is a single-issue Jon Kent story called Dark Harvest which is a cool little horror story. Next is a two-parter called Superman Reborn that is part of the mysterious Clark Kent saga, which was already resolved in Action Comics: The Rebirth Book 2. There is a jump between the first part and the second part and the resolution is super abrupt in this book so if you haven’t read Action Comics Book 2 it won’t make much sense. You can buy Superman Reborn and get the whole story arc in chronological order but then you’d be double dipping and nah. That’s the problem with having a story arc that spans multiple series.
Next, we have the six-part Black Dawn which was pretty cool. It started off with some strange happenings in the small town of Hamilton and turns into a huge battle with one of Superman’s most powerful foes. If you look through my reviews I’ve been very critical of a lot of stuff DC has been putting out lately but Superman is currently operating on all cylinders. I love having Superman and his family living in Hamilton while he teaches his son the ropes. I wouldn’t claim that the writing is flawless but overall this is really good stuff. My one concern is that it seems a little weird that Hamilton keeps getting these cosmic level threats that require a Superman to handle. In the huge city of Metropolis we can suspend disbelief but in Hamilton? I’m fine with the stories where Superman and Jon are just doing small town things although I’m sure this will eventually wear thin. I almost think they should have kept the New 52 Superman for the big threats while the classic Superman operated in semi-retirement with his family. Either way I’m extremely pleased to be at a point where I eagerly anticipate the release of the next Superman Deluxe Edition because I can’t remember ever feeling such excitement for my favorite super hero.
These DC Rebirth Deluxe hardcovers are as good as a comics hardcover gets. Beautiful printed wraparound covers under the dust jacket, and nearly perfect binding with almost no gutter loss but the smallest amount. And then there’s the actual contents which are fantastic. Supermans rebirth comics were a brilliant road to the Bendis works.