Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

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 Superman (2016-) Vol. 1: Son of SupermanSuperman (2016-) Vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter Tomasi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as single issue comics; collection contains issues #1-6 and the SUPERMAN: REBIRTH one-shot.

I’ve really been enjoying the Rebirth relaunch of the DC line; and the Superman books have been particularly interesting to me as it has brought back into play the previous continuities Superman.

This first volume pits Superman, Lois, and their son Jonathan against the Eradicator. A strange machine bent on protecting the purity of the Kryptonian genome that has somehow allowed it to travel through time and space to find the Kent family. Of corse it’s not very happy to find out about Jonathan’s mixed heritage.

The story has the nuances of modern comic storytelling but also channels a bit of old Silver Age wackadoodle. The hidden Batcave on the Moon was golden; and I’m ok with Krypto showing up anytime.

If this volume suffers from anything it’s some slight inconsistencies in the artwork. I personally don’t find any of the art so jarringly different though, as to take you out of the story.

An art sample from issue #2.  I really liked the starry sky background here.

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And one from issue #3.  I really like the feel of this as being a family story.  It’s a dynamic that’s been missing for too long.

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Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol.3: Casualties of War

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of WarSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke (Illustrations), Jaime Mendoza (Illustrations)begins with a flashback to Wonder Woman and Superman’s first meeting in the pages of Justice League, then slips into the present time as Clark is attempting to create a written memorial to those that they were not able to save. Clark’s endeavors are cut short by Diana though as it’s date night and she wants to get a move on.

In typical superhero fashion, date night doesn’t even really get started because they are pulled away to an emergency and there they encounter an unknown metahuman calling himself Wonderstar. Who is he, and what is his ultimate purpose? Follow Superman and Wonder Woman’s adventure as they unravel the history of Wonderstar. Features a New 52 Origin Story from a character probably best remembered from the pages of Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

I feel like the story aspects of this volume are it’s biggest selling points. It contains a complete story with a clear beginning and end, making this a good jumping on point, or gift volume for the approaching holiday season. Peter J. Tomasi’s story is a solid read, and explores the theme of superheros seeing past the big picture to how their actions might have impacts on individual lives. I would like to say a little more but I can’t without giving away the mystery of the story and spoiling it for you.

I’m somewhat torn about the artwork. The illustrations are dynamic, vibrantly colored, and have good overall composition; but those with a discerning eye will note weaknesses in the facial work. This can sometimes be off-putting as we have a tendency to first look at characters facial expressions before we notice the larger aspects of the artwork. More attention should have been given to maintaining a congruent look throughout the panels. So, I can’t in honesty say it’s all good, but it’s far, far from being all bad.
The first page of the story is action packed:

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Wonder Woman being modest about her fight prowess.

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The date night that wasn’t.  If you look at the panels of Diana’s face here you will see some of the facial inconsistencies I referenced.  Note the distance between her hairline and brow line is different in each panel, causing it to look skewered?

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And here is Wonderstar.  I like the costume and the matching metallic highlights in his hair.

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I received a review copy of this work via NetGalley.

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