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Superman #1

88
Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 24 critic ratings.

IT’S THE DAWN OF DC!

Superman has returned to Metropolis and his greatest enemy Lex Luthor is finally behind bars.

The future of the Superman family has never been brighter!

As Clark Kent settles back into his life, iconic and new enemies erupt from the shadows to strike down the Man of Steel!

But waiting in the wings to back up Big Blue is… Supercorp?!

What secret project has Lex given to Superman?!

“A hero is only as good as their villains” will be put to the test in this brand-new oversize #1 featuring comics’ greatest superhero by DC Comics architect Joshua Williamson and award-winning superstar artist Jamal Campbell!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BSRFFRLK

21%
79%
24 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    After the miserable, series destroying run of Brian Michael Bendis any writer would be an improvement on Superman. Fortunately, DC didn’t settle for a new writer to lead this new era of Superman and tabbed one of its heavy hitters in Joshua Williamson to guide the Man of Steel forward in this Dawn of DC period.

    Williamson understands the difference between tweaking the status quo and wrecking it so it doesn’t make sense and is basically unusable for any other creators. Three of the more significant changes involve a new editor-in-chief at The Daily Planet, a new police chief and a partnership with LexCorp? While there’s more than a few elements that are shaken up, Williamson provides some comforting constants in Superman’s life namely the relationship with Lois Lane, his friendship with Jimmy Olsen and the rivalry with Lex Luthor. (…) Superman #1 didn’t need to reinvent the character so much as assure readers that this is the character they’ve been invested in for decades with some fresh new wrinkles to make his modern adventures connect like the classic stories of the past. This was a good first step in rebuilding reader trust again.

  • 100

    Superman Homepage

    A solid first issue that wasn’t too in your face with the usual ‘all-new and edgy’ vibe. It has me looking forward to more because I feel like we only scraped the surface.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Joshua Williamson won me over with his amazing run on The Flash. And I thoroughly enjoyed his Infinite Frontier and Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. So, I am coming in with high expectations for this title. And if Superman #1 is any indication, he is going to live up to those expectations. And Jamal Campbell’s artwork is the perfect choice to bring Williamson’s story to life. I look forward to seeing what the upcoming issues have in store for the Man of Steel.

  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    With the shaking up of the status quo in Action Comics, it’s officially the dawn of a new era for Clark Kent in Superman #1, and that new era is off to a sensational start. Superman’s always been iconic but it can be easy to lose sight of why, and Superman #1 beautifully captures the spirit and genuine heart of DC’s most powerful hero while also evolving his extended cast and his relationship with his biggest villain. The team of writer Joshua Williamson, artist Jamal Campbell, and letterer Ariana Maher have forged a stunning interpretation of the longtime hero (seriously, this comic is beautiful), keeping what made him so inspiring all these years intact but never letting him feel like a relic. He’s the hero we always needed, but more importantly, he’s the hero we still need, and that central idea is at the heart of what makes Superman #1 soar.

  • 100

    Henchman-4-Hire

    Joshua Williamson and especially Jamal Campbell deliver a knockout first issue of their new Superman series. Everything from story to characters to especially the artwork is a true masterclass in simple, enjoyable superhero storytelling.

  • 100

    Geek Dad

    It’s really rare that I give a 10 out of 10 to one of DC’s ongoing series—that usually goes to the prestige format specialty projects—but it’s rare that a book comes along that’s as instantly engaging as Williamson and Campbell’s Superman. It’s been a long time since Superman had a truly defining in-continuity run—Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s run is fantastic, but it’s defined by a story that was extremely out of the norm for the character, with Superman isolated on Warworld for a year. This first issue, though, is firmly set in Metropolis, with Superman’s supporting cast and old foes front and center. And for the first time since Dan Jurgens’ extended run in the 1990s, Superman’s world feels truly alive and organic.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    It’s a true return to greatness for The Man of Steel as this new series introduces the “Dawn of DC” and I got to say- This issue is simply BRILLIANT!! seeing The Daily Planet in all its glory as well as Lois Lane being the paper’s new editor-in-chief is just amazing. Lexcorp, in the meanwhile, gets transformed into “Supercorp” much to the dismay of Superman himself I might add; Joshua Williamson has given us a Superman title that not only brings back the classic elements that we love about the character but also brings a lighthearted feel to this title that hasn’t been seen since the Peter J. Tomasi/Patrick Gleason era but also making this premier issue enjoyable as a jump-on point for new readers. Jamal Campbell’s art shines on every page will cement him as one of the most celebrated Superman artists of this generation. Anyone who wants a perfect superhero story that excels in excitement and thrills then put on the John Williams theme and prepare to be thrilled by a new era for the Last Son of Krypton that will remind us why he’s the most popular superhero of all time.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Superman #1 is the best way to kick off a new comic. It’s fun and full of interesting plotlines. Williamson gives readers a little bit of everything, setting up everything to keep readers hooked. Campbell is the best Superman artist in a long time. His art is beautiful, and there’s no other way to describe it. Superman is in good hands.

  • 95

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Superman #1 is the return to form Superman fans have been waiting for. The visuals are bright and hopeful, all the characters feel like the classic/best versions of themselves, and enough status quo changes are revealed to give you the feeling the Man of Steel is moving forward into a better tomorrow.

  • 95

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    A dynamic and action-packed issue with equal helpings of emotion and character moments. An intrigued by the premise of the new series that Superman must fight Lex Luthor’s foes or at least protect Metropolis and the world from them. Supercorp as a name has some growing to do on me. The art was also equal to the epic story. A really well done kick off issue with none of the slowness that can happen with debut issue in terms of set-up that tends to be more exposition based nowadays across comic book companies. An entertaining, satisfying and intriguing read. This book gets my highest recommendation. I don’t usually give 10’s, but this is the closest I can give.

  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Joshua Williamson and Jamal Campbell accomplish everything you want from a first issue with Superman #1. The foundation is set for Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor’s new status quo. There is a re-establishment of what Metropolis is. Then we have a renewed focus on developing Superman’s rogues’ gallery. It’s all here to build excitement for what Williamson and Campbell have planned for their Superman run and you can’t help but be all in.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Superman #1 lays the groundwork for a new era in the Man of Steel’s career as he faces off against new foes while still continuing to fight for truth, justice, and a better tomorrow. Anyone complaining that there aren’t any great Superman stories should pick this issue up, because it’ll definitely change their tune.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Superman #1 delivers on being one of the best jumping on points in comics for not only the Dawn of DC, but more importantly for Superman fans new and old. Readers get to see Superman being Superman, helping people, saving lives, interacting with his supporting cast, and facing familiar supervillains while setting up new ones. The writing from Joshua Williams is on point with the characters, dialogue, and pacing, and Jamal Campbell’s art truly shines and makes this comic book come alive on every page in the action, talking, and intense interactions between Superman and his villains. It’s not perfect, but it’s wholesome, fun, humorous, dynamic, and really captures the spirit of not only Superman himself, but what a Superman comic book should be. Strong recommend for Superman fans old and new alike.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Superman #1 lays the groundwork for a new era in the Man of Steel’s career as he faces off against new foes while still continuing to fight for truth, justice, and a better tomorrow. Anyone complaining that there aren’t any great Superman stories should pick this issue up, because it’ll definitely change their tune.

  • 89

    Comic Watch

    Superman #1 is a delight from start to finish. Williamson and Campbell completely stuff this issue with content, making it worth every cent. The art is mostly gorgeous and the new, but familiar, status quo sets up an engaging story to come.

  • 87

    Graphic Policy

    Superman #1 is a lot of fun that throws in a lot of new aspects for readers. It delivers the positive flavor one would expect from the series delivering action as well as the heart in the middle of it all. A super start for Superman.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A unique and interesting adventure for the man of steel. There are some elements of this story that caught me by surprise and have gotten me more interested in the world that Williamson is creating for Superman. I think the Supercorp angle is intriguing and am interested is seeing how Lex worming his way into Superman’s life will impact his adventures going forward. The plot is definitely engaging and has some interesting twists within it.

    The Art: Jama Campbell is an amazing artists and his style is perfect for Superman and his world. Campbell brings big, bold visual moments throughout the issue and every page has something to capture the eye and the imagination.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Williamson clearly is having fun here. He has a good feel for the characters and their voices as everyone sounds right. The pacing is right with action mixed in between the story to keep momentum up. (…) Jamal Campbell’s art is always lush and beautiful. He really shines here. In particular, the quieter, character moments are filled with such emotion and heart. The art adds so much that it all explodes. I hope there has been enough lead time that Campbell can keep up the pace. (…) Anyways, I thought this was a very good issue. I like this creative team and there was a lot to like here. But since I don’t think I quite comprehend what Lex wants, and as that is the spine this run is being built on, it isn’t a home run.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    While the book opens on Live Wire, it wraps up with the start of another fight as Parasite is brought in for him to contend with. Lex is whispering his style of approach to dealing with him in Superman’s ear once again and that layer of corruptive influence is throughout the book. It’s interesting to see it applied in a few different forms like this as the corruption of Superman is always a good story – depending on how far it goes. Part of the appeal of the character is the struggle against things like that and the darker forces in life by being what he represents. The slipper slope can definitely misunderstand the character but it’s too early to tell from this issue where Williamson is going to go with this, if that’s even the full path. It’s a solid opening that’s as busy as you’d expect a first issue to be but it left me wishing for more quiet time to show off more of who both Superman and Clark is. The brief time with Lois was welcome as was the wedding sequence he officiates. The book needs more of both of these things.

  • 80

    AIPT

    It feels cliche to say an issue is a return to form, but in Superman #1’s case it earns that expression. Both casual readers and Super-fans will feel right at home here with an issue that provides what readers want while also adding fresh twists. The quality artwork and clear collaboration between writer and artist on display makes this issue well worth checking out. The final tease did undercut part of my experience with this issue, but that aside, I remain cautiously optimistic this series will retain its current approach rather than turning into just an extended lead-in to yet another event.

  • 80

    COMICON

    I really enjoyed this issue. The creative team came together to create something special. It’s not perfect, but it is very good. It’s a great reentry point for lapsed fans and starting point for anyone new.

  • 80

    Zona Negativa

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    When it comes to one of the flagship characters of DC Comics, Superman can be a difficult sell. From the power to overcome most obstacles to being larger than life in general, the balance with making him feel in danger of as though he has difficulties can be hard. Thankfully, Joshua Williamson is more than up to the task in “Superman” #1. His interpretation of the Big Blue Boy Scout has a lot of heart, putting the essential kindness of Superman against the anger or manipulations of some Metropolis-based villains. In particular, Williamson examines his relationships on a positive angle with Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and various relatively normal people of Metropolis, and on a negative angle with Lex Luthor and his manipulations. At his core, Superman aims to help people, and Williamson shows this in ways both big and small without making him appear overly naive in the process. (…) Campbell’s illustrations are amazing, but his colors bring the enterprise to another level entirely. The sun shines brightly in Metropolis, but the colors make it feel all the warmer, to a degree that the villains cannot hope to stand in the way of Superman. Inside, the lighting is natural but shaded in a way that feels welcoming, even as it is not quite as joyous as the outdoors.

    Kindness, rather than shows of power, help begin this run on “Superman.”

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