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Superman 2023 Annual #1

85
Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 18 critic ratings.

Lois Lane is now editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, but at heart she’ll always be an investigative reporter. And lately Metropolis has had a whole new set of secrets she must uncover. Even if it means investigating her own husband…Superman!

Featuring Livewire, Parasite, and Mercy, this special issue is your next big puzzle piece leading to a massive Superman crossover in 2024! Don’t miss out!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
40 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CBQHJ3L3

28%
72%
18 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    AIPT

    As the issue comes to be a strong collaboration of artists, it continues to set up the future of Superman and the villains to come as the issue ends with the return of a maniacal genius and a gruff bounty hunter. It becomes clear to understand that Williamson is continuing his streak of taking inspiration from the ’90s to ‘2000s as his series feels like a cross between the Triangle Era and the Buisek/Johns era. All around, Williamson and co. craft a strong and charming story with the start of a major conflict.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    As the issue comes to be a strong collaboration of artists, it continues to set up the future of Superman and the villains to come as the issue ends with the return of a maniacal genius and a gruff bounty hunter. It becomes clear to understand that Williamson is continuing his streak of taking inspiration from the ’90s to ‘2000s as his series feels like a cross between the Triangle Era and the Buisek/Johns era. All around, Williamson and co. craft a strong and charming story with the start of a major conflict.

  • 100

    SuperHeroHype

    All in all, the 2023 Superman Annual is everything a good comics annual should be. It is an introduction to the series’ status quo and a continuation of the current story. This issue will also give readers a new appreciation for Superman’s underrated supporting cast.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    This is an annual that I would recommend to anyone now getting into “Superman” as one of the cool things about this is how it’s basically a love letter for fans who have been with the title since it launched. Joshua Willaimson once again brings style and grace to his writing as he continues to flesh out the characters we’ve grown accustomed to while forging new paths for them to take (The Parasite is by far the biggest shocker). Seeing Superman fend off a giant Toyman robot and Lois Lane conducting an interview with Livewire only for her to be in battle with The Red Cloud (A forgotten villain from Brian Michael Bendis’ run. Fortunately, Willaimson handles her better than Bendis did); The city of Metropolis truly comes alive thanks to the sharp writing which in turn made this annual an absolute classic and another reason why fans old AND new should invest their time on the Superman titles if they need a series that puts the “super” in superheroes.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I outright loved this book. It was joyous and raucous and sad between the covers. Brilliant.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    There are a lot of very intriguing moments in this issue, with characters like Chief Kekoa making a return for the first time since the first issue. Williamson also seems to have more compassion for the series’ villains than most writers do, continuing the storyarc of Parasite’s redemption arc thanks to the intervention of Supercorp. The same goes for Livewire, the chaotic shock jock turned supervillain who becomes Lois’ unlikely savior when a jailhouse interview is interrupted by vengeful villain Red Cloud. Red Cloud was a major player in the Bendis run but has been forgotten since, and it’s interesting to see how many deep cuts Williamson is going for. Characters like Marilyn Moonlight come in and out of the story, and Lois uncovers a massive Daily Planet conspiracy going back decades. Combined with Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s Superman family book, this is a top era for the character.

  • 90

    Henchman-4-Hire

    The creativity that’s been fueling this entire Superman comic is kicked up a notch with this annual issue, which has a lot of fun with some supporting characters, while setting up even greater and niftier stories to come.

  • 90

    Nerd Initiative

    Taking the spotlight away from the Man of Steel and placing it on the Daily Planet team proved for an enjoyable read. Williamson and the teams present a grounded story recapping previous stories while setting the foundation for another go-around that simply can’t be missed.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    It’s no secret that Superman has quickly become one of my favorite series. Not just at DC Comics either, but in all of comics. It’s probably no surprise then that I wholeheartedly recommend the Superman Annual 2023 #1, and one of its biggest strengths is in how the comic serves both new fans and those who have been with the series since day one. Superman Annual 2023 #1 is a step forward for the series thanks to stepping further into its world and exploring the extended cast, and yet, the issue also showcases all of the elements that have helped the series become in many ways a modern classic. 2023 is truly shaping up to be the year of Superman, and the Superman Annual is a perfect example as to why.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Superman 2023 Annual is a great break from the focus on the Man of Steel himself, opting to focus on worldbuilding and establishing more of the supporting cast. This issue is a rare occasion when using a variety of artists actually works. The reveals are big and bombastic, yet the odd choice of release date means that many people may accidentally miss out on this one.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I’ve always been hit or miss in my opinion about annuals, but Williamson crafts a good one with this issue. I loved seeing Lois as the focal point and how she utilizes her staff to uncover more about the secrets being revealed in the series. The story has some great moments for the characters and succeeds in making me more interested in them. I also really liked the final moments and what they mean for Superman going forward.

    The Art: The artists deliver some great imagery throughout the issue and the action is brilliantly thrilling.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Superman Annual 2023 is arguably the best issue Joshua Williamson has written since Dawn of DC started. Lois Lane and the staff of the Daily Planet are given strong presentations they’ve had. It’s so well done that once Superman Annual 2023 ends it leaves you believing a Daily Planet series should definitely be in the plans for the franchise. That is a sign of a successful comic book.

  • 80

    The Fandom Post

    With a number of artists working on this to tell the smaller stories that make up the whole, there is a cohesive side to the annual but it’s also a book that feels like it’s an anthology of short stories more than anything else. The tales that are here are interesting but they come across as a bit undercooked in a way I can’t quite pin down when they should have been more organically grown in the main series. It just feels rushed when you get down to it. There are a lot of characters at play here and a lot of smaller plots and it all just becomes a bit too much across the forty pages that it runs. There are plenty of pieces to like but also a lot of awkward framing and moments as well.

  • 80

    COMICON

    There’s a lot of fun to be had in this special issue. The story is fun, the art is gorgeous and I had a hell of a lot of fun reading it.

  • 75

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    Quite surprised there was not a lot Superman in an annual with his name in the title. That said this World of Metropolis was quite engaging as the characters are compelling. Solid art through eclectic art teams. Those last few pages have huge consequences going forward.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Superman Annual (2023) #1 delivers a mildly amusing collection of Daily Planet news assignments to bring updates on an assortment of characters, presumably heading back to Superman post-Knight Terrors. Each assignment has a certain entertaining charm, but a Superman Annual with barely any Superman seems a letdown, and the large artist pool results in inconsistent art. As a positive, the final page tease spells big things for Big Blue soon.

  • 70

    Derby Comics

    One thing I did want to mention related to this issue is the truly bizarre timing of it’s release. I have no idea why DC thought it was a good idea to release an annual for one of their most popular superheroes during their “Knight Terrors” event when almost every other major title has taken a two-month hiatus. Superman himself is caught up in the event’s plot and the stories in this annual are happening completely separate from it. Not the end of the world in the grand scheme of things, but a real head-scratcher considering how poorly “Knight Terrors” seems to be unfolding.

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