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The Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Superman returns! After the tragic events of more than 30 years ago, when Superman met his end at the hands of Doomsday, Metropolis mourned the loss of their greatest hero and soon turned their attention to the search for his successor. Four Supermen rose to the challenge: Superboy, Steel, Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses, they fought in honor of the original Man of Steel. Little did they know, his return was just around the corner! To celebrate the Reign of the Supermen and Return of Superman, DC has brought back the original creative teams for new stories set in the wake of Superman’s death. It all begins with new Daily Planet editor-in-chief Lois Lane discovering Perry White’s journals from the time and the secrets he kept as he searched for who could be the next Superman. What could this discovery mean for our present? Find out in this special that’s sure to be a classic in the future!

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Kindle Edition
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87 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Superman Homepage

    Overall, I loved this special. It was a much more personal experience compared to “The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special” from last year. I’m not suggesting that one was better than the other. They’re just two very different books. In the Death special there was a main story and three back-ups, which was a lot of fun and got the creative band back together. This special had separate chapters by most of the creative teams from 1993 (with Jerry Ordway stepping in for Roger Stern and Jackson Guice) but those chapters were part of an overall story that was mainly told from the perspective of Perry White. Ron Troupe had his own section, but for the most part it was Perry White’s journal that carried the narration.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This issue had a few more hiccups than the Death of issue did, but it’s still an amazing tribute to an era of comics that I remember very fondly. I also think it works really well as a tribute to Perry White, who is still in the hospital at the time this story is being told but is getting ready to embark on a bold new step in his career in Josh Williamson’s Superman. And above all else, it’s great to see Dan Jurgens—arguably the defining Superman creator of a generation—still killing it on new stories.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 elegantly recreates one of the most well known times in comics, delivering what feels like a celebration mixed with retrospective commentary.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    The Return of Superman came out thirty years ago that featured four different Supermen ready and willing to take on the mantle of The Man of Steel so it’s only natural that DC is celebrating this event with an oversized special (DC LOVES pricing them at $9.99) that serves as the ultimate nostalgia trip for anyone who enjoyed these characters and their stories from the 90s. Bringing back the creators (sans Roger Stern and Butch Guice-although the latter did provide a pin-up) Steel, The Eradicator, Superboy, and The Cyborg Superman all get their moment to shine thanks in part to the creative teams (I do think that Dan Jurgens is a master when it comes to further fleshing out Cyborg Superman). While this issue took us back to a forgotten era, Superman fans will enjoy this and maybe they will be able to show their kids this special. Crazier things have happened.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Story 1: Legacy – I really enjoyed this part of the story and how it not only connects all of the other stories together, but also how it brings everything to a great conclusion.

    Story 2: Speed! – An entertaining short story that does a great job of singling out Steel as a character and giving him the opportunity to tell his story. The art is beautifully detailed and visually engaging.

    Story 3: He Had me Thinking he was Superman – An interesting short that conveys some great character moments for Perry as well as showcasing how dark the Eradicator is. I love the art and how it takes me back to the time the story is set in.

    Story 4: The Metropolis Kid – A fun and entertaining short story filled with great character moments and charm. The art is fantastic and draws you in.

    Story 5: Betrayal – A darker toned story, but one that delivers great moments and history for the characters. I loved the art a lot.

  • 85


    Creative talent from the Return of Superman era return to show some fun glimpses back in Return of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1. They show that the magic of that era is alive and can be revived at any time. Excellent add-ons to the Supermen’s first appearances and a great reflection on one of the worst stories the Daily Planet ever ran.

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    When it all is said and done, there is a nice sentiment to the story, a reminder that the real Superman is the standard other try to live up to.

    This was pretty pricey but I gobbled it up.

  • 80

    It’s been thirty years since we witnessed the “Death of Superman” and the arrival of four new Metropolis guardians all looking to take the title of the Man of Steel. Bringing back all the original creators that weaved the stories of Steel, Superboy, the Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman is no small feat in itself, and luckily, this issue is the perfect nostalgia trip for those aiming to revisit this Metropolis era. “Return of Superman”‘s anniversary isn’t a perfect comic book, but it’s one that is able to take us back to an era of 90s comics in the DC Universe. This issue is a celebration of a bygone era, and whether you’re a fan of that time period or not, it’s worth your time to pick up this Anniversary Special.

  • 70

    Derby Comics

    A collection of A-List creative talent returns (pun intended) for five short stories featuring characters they wrote for during the “Return of Superman” era. This is a wonderful tribute to early 90s comics that is the perfect taste of nostalgia for those looking for a trip back to a simpler time. It’s an easy and exciting read that reminds readers how great this era looked on the page, but does little else to justify the $9.99 cover price.

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