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DC Rebirth Superman

The Superman and His Rebirth! 

Superman in black flying

Superman in his DC Rebirth graphic novel consisting of Action Comics and Superman, crossover well. They make one narrative, well worthy of praise, but, like with all graphic novel collections, there're the dull bits!

Superman comic art

Going on what we saw with the rebirth arc for Wonder woman, the writers, acquired a love for superhero tradition, and not even the big man himself could escape it. 'Put them red pants back on!' 

Clark Kent and Louis Lane had lost everything, and went into hiding. After surving on an alien planet during the convergence event they finally arrived on the New 52 version of earth. Yet another parallel world. It had it's own Superman and Clark decided to remain in the shadows, focusing on his family but being ready to assist if needed. 

Cartoon drawing of superman

It can be a confusing story, especially after reading the New 52 death of Superman (which is a must read). However, those Iconic red trunks and all that old school hero
get-up eventually return, in the end—a nod to the character's rich historical legacy. In fact, he was there throughout the whole New 52, watching. Then, he became a committed family man. 

The artwork is a real pleasure from the onset, and it's a cracking read, with vivid colors that vitalise the dynamic angles in various action scenes, and there is that feeling of height when he takes off. Sadly there is more than just the one artist. I did collect and read all of them, though. 

Cover art of superman, his son Jon and wife Lois.

The introduction of Mr. Oz was a bit of DC sneakery. He was huge a misdirection from the upcoming Watchmen event that overshadowed every Rebirth publication. This mysterious mass manipulator from behind the scenes, was indeed, family. Although he ramped up the intrigue, it did become make it clear to me that the rebirth of Superman was the sole purpose of the DC Rebirth initiative. 

Superman and Superboy flying at altitude.

Of course critics complained about Superman's diluted character, however, in comparison, Green Lantern's New 52 and Rebirth make this Superman look astounding! Traditionally, the man of steel is depicted as a beacon of hope and an unwavering strength who inspires the people. This Clark Kent, (in hiding as Clark White), is plagued by doubt after Convergence and witnessing the death of that worlds version of Superman; insecurity understandebly haunted him after super criminals came for his son, this all shows his human side. Relatability.

If classic Superman is the fully restored optimal version of himself, Clark White is not quite restored for much of the story. He's had to learn why his kryptonian qualities had weakened so much, and so, this gives rise to his family priorities. I tell you, I would love those powers, even though they're weaker than usual. I think he's at Homelanders level.

Clark and Lois embracing with a kiss

Bearded Clark the husband, the dad, son and friend is a richer character than the action figure he has been before. Nothing is more ideally suited than family for the Superman; that iconic and unwavering beacon of hope we saw (which still tastes a little bit like Christopher Reeves) took a back seat and found himself in these superb graphic novels. 


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