Superman #36 Review

Posted December 7, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

Art by: Doug Manhke

Published by: DC Comics

The first major Apokolips story of Rebirth era comes to thunderous conclusion!

Tomasi and Gleason finish this arc by tying up certain threads and cleaning up loose ends. With the final pages it also thrusts the Superman storyline into a brand new direction. It is going to be quite interesting to see where the story will go from there.

As evident throughout this entire run, when Tomasi and Gleason are writing Superman, the complexity of the character gets taken to a different level. The best part of these books–as much as they do cover some important and even-handed themes such as betrayal, war, etc–is that it finds a way to remain fun and not get drowned in darkness. Jon with the dogs of Apokolips are a prime example of mixing superhero fun with real danger. He acts like a kid even during the fight, and it is what makes this book as endearing as ever.

The New Gods are portrayed in this final chapter with care and completely, especially Granny Goodness who acts exactly how she should: an evil grouchy grandmother to overgrown children at times.

The art here represents what this conflict is all about very well. More than that, however, it focuses on character emotions and emotions of the world as a whole which allows for quite a bit of world building.

Manhke knows when the book needs to be more serious and when it can have fun with these characters and bring the humor to the pages. None of it looks too jarring and out of place which is expected as Manhke was working on Superman for quite some time before Rebirth even started.

Superman under the guidance of Tomasi and Gleason continues to be the shining beacon of Rebirth line up, which is now being rebranded to DC Universe! It is nice to see that Superman and Batman continue to have strong books as they were always a linchpin and a backbone of DC Comics together with Wonder Woman.


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