The Superman that was gone for a long time since DC’s 2011 New 52 installment, is now back with full force and with phenomenal first 2 issues. After working together for Batman and Robin, Gleason and Tomasi work together again to build masterpiece after masterpiece to make a true rebirth of Superman which. has been around for most of the century.
First of all, Jonathan Kent sounds more like a character which is maturing with his body developments other than the last issue which sounds more like a parent’s point-of-view whiney kid. Jonathan Kent gets to see the magnificent father/Superman in action saving sailors from an octopus and he uses his laser beams to kill the octopus with Superman consulting him. Tomasi puts a great deal of emotion between Clark and Jon which reveals Clark’s paternal side and his parenting style.
Gleason and Tomasi focuses not on Superman himself, but more importantly on Superman’s developing son, Jon Kent, with Lois Lane. Tomasi and Gleason’s execution of plots and their pacing is remarkable, many writers say that they weave many plots together so that as one subplot ends, an another one begins as the main focus. They do that flawlessly by showing the big picture of Superman then they peel it one piece at a time to further the subplots which builds the foundation for this book.
Straight from the beginning, Tomasi solves the cliffhanger from the earlier issue and starts a new subplot to solve in future issues dealing with the Eradicator. There is a drawback, though, with the death of the family’s cat from the first issue and just removed from the storyline. It is definitely shown that Jon had no intention of killing the cat, but we don’t see any advancement when he confesses to Superman that he killed the cat by using his powers.
Gleason uses the “show, do not tell” method which made it odd to close up the subplot, but he did make a great full paged scene with the Kent’s hugging each other. With a joint effort, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz make Superman finally super by providing explosive action and complex emotions. Gray assembles the issue through his inking as a foundation to Kalisz’s colors which makes Gleason’s pencils intensifying. The art team really sets a high standard for the future Superman’s to come because moments in this issue whether it is big or small they do not waver and keep on impressing readers. They make emotional moments stand out even with the saving and action by synchronizing panels across the pages that are easily read.
Tomasi and Gleason especially set up the future issues to come with putting in the Eradicator into this storyline. The Eradicator is confusing and his history is intricate, but adding him as the foil of Superman in the storyline sets up a future unknown for future issues. The idea of the Eradicator using Clark’s glasses as a reason for the visor he has is very clever and one of my favorite scenes in this comic issue.
After plenty of revamps in the past, Superman finally gets a true rebirth ( Pun is intended ) and the Superman we used to know and love is back better than ever. Tomasi and Gleason puts in the hard work to make perfect supporting cast with a clear concept of Jonathan's struggles with his everyday life and his superhero life. The multiple sub-plots with one big plot makes this comic more intriguing and lays more foundation to Superman's personal life. Although this comic book seems like the whole team is testing out the dynamics of the Kent family, they still make a family with a lot of heart and a lot of bonding moments. Also, I got the sense that Lois was left in the dust by Tomasi trying to wrap some of the conflicts prevailed neatly but it only left a character stranded in a story where there wasn't much closure. All in all, this comic issue is a masterpiece with a few errors that is masked by the superior teamwork of Tomasi, Gleason, Gray, and Kalisz.