Title: Superman (2018-) #1
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Ivan Reis
Inks: Joe Prado
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes…with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!
So, quite a lot happened in the recent Man of Steel run; Superman (2018-) #1 focuses on Superman’s reaction to said events and kicks off one of the most anticipated new series of the year with success.
Brian Michael Bendis successfully utilized his short-run on Man of Steel to test the waters and to see which directions and subplots would resonate most with readers; if that wasn’t his intention or purpose, it certainly felt that way to this reader in particular. The stage-setting that Bendis did in Man of Steel is worth noting here since this issues is centered around the fallout from, and Clark Kent’s reaction to, the events that transpired (in Man of Steel) just before the start of this new series. Despite successfully setting said stage, Superman (2018-) #1 felt more like a continuation of Man of Steel rather than a clean jumping-on point for readers ready to start enjoying what promises to be the exciting new age of an iconic character.
Regardless of whether Superman (2018-) #1 is a clean jumping-on point for new readers, it’s a damn good comic book. Thanks to Bandis’ genuine humor and as-always authentic dialogue, Superman (2018-) #1 successfully ushers readers, new and long-time alike, into the new age of Superman with, what feels like, relative ease. And, in addition to the book’s tight yet witty script, Ivan Reis’ artwork was superbe.
The beautiful panels and pages in Superman (2018-) #1 were laid out with care and ultimately added to Bendis’ script while also remaining strong enough to stand on their own regardless of the words sitting atop them. Pay special attention to the Fortress of Solitude…
I could continue to nitpick, but doing so would mean providing a sort of undeserved disservice to the creative team that worked on this title. Superman (2018-) #1 is an exciting read that leaves readers yearning for more Superman-goodness.
The Bottom Line:
Brian Michael Bendis’ genuine humor and authentic dialogue make for a pleasurable reading experience that works to usher readers into the new age of Superman.