In the newest issue of the re-launched DC Comics Rebirth Superman title, Lois, Clark and Jon take in the last day of the Hamilton County fair, and with Superman having helped all his friends (The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Batman) out with their recent conflicts, it's time to spend a little time off with the family (with no super-heroing). Superman never gets a day off though, as there's always wrongs to right and bad guys to thwart, but that doesn't mean he can't have some fun with the family at the same time.
Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi keep the tone light, but the serious fun heavy as Clark and the family spend some normal time off together. Jon reunites with his new neighbor friend and Lois and Clark slowly integrate themselves into the Hamilton County community. While it's a quite different take on the "superhero in the city" status quo that we usually expect with a Superman story, the change of pace is fun. Clark being portrayed as a hayseed in the midst of other hayseeds actually suits the character as for the longest time Clark's hayseed act distinguished him from his cosmopolitan peers at The Daily Planet, and the joke got old. Jon is getting a good country up-bringing, much like Clark himself had, but I suspect that Lois and Clark will eventually make it back to Metropolis once their identities are inevitably re-established. For now though, it's fun to watch them raise their son away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Jorge Jimenez takes the artistic reigns this issue once again and does a great job conveying the lightheartedness of the tale through his funny yet sharply descriptive facial expressions and comical physical kinetics. He just as sharply portrays some powerful superheroic action and poses as well though, like in the first few pages where Superman helps out his superfriends with some of their super battles. Overall, the effect is both iconic and joyous making for a fun and enlightened read.
I am still loving the return of the Post-Crisis Superman to the DCU. The Superman family of titles are fun and exciting reads once again. Let's hope that DC Comics keeps this new take on the old Superman the hard and fast status quo.