Post-Crisis Superman Returns in Superman Rebirth #1
By Andy Frisk
June 5, 2016 - 19:35
Writer(s): Peter J. Tomasi adn Patrick Gleason
Penciller(s): Doug Mahnke
Inker(s): Jaime Mendoza
Colourist(s): Wil Quintana
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): Manhnke, Mendoza, and Quintana
"Superman books sell 20% more than they did before The New 52 launched! Not that that's the only thing that matters." exclaimed one of my local comic shop owners who never liked Superman because he "and pretty much everyone" just can't relate to him. "He's too powerful." "He's a god." "I can relate to Spider-Man. Not Superman." So, a middle aged comic shop owner (and by implication) millions of other adults with expendable income who buy comic books (who are also middle aged or at least post-college age and working with expendable income) can relate more to a teenager than a fellow middle aged (or at least approaching middle age) superhero with a full time job, a wife, and now a son? Hmm...I must be the odd one, because I don't relate to Spidey at all, at least not anymore.
It's horribly egotistical of me to suggest that I was the one who, even incrementally, helped prod the bean counters at DC Comics to hard reboot Superman, but it's definitely possible that I contributed to the conversation with my heavy coverage of Superman titles about 8 or 9 years ago here at ComicBookBin. The articles were well read and well received, and when Geoff Johns soft rebooted Superman's origin story with Superman Secret Origin, I hailed it as the potential beginning of a new era in comics:
-from my review of Superman: Secret Origin #1 (of 6)
It appears that too many people missed the Post-Crisis/Gen X Superman character so much that in this case, both Sattler and myself were proven wrong. The New 52 Superman failed to gain traction because his story wiped away the legacy of the great stories that involved the Post-Crisis/Gen X Superman, AND because, as a character himself, The New 52 Superman just wasn't what readers (at least this reader) wanted out of their Superman and his stories. Story AND character (of the main hero himself) were equally unappealing. Now, The New 52 Superman is dead. Long live the Post-Post Crisis/Gen X Superman. It appears both story, supporting characters, and the character of the main man himself all three need to contribute to making a great Superman story.
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