Here’s my review for Superman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke!
The Book Itself
This is an absolutely gorgeous oversized hardcover book with a dust jacket. The art on the dust jacket is different from the art on the hardcover itself, which is a nice perk. The dust jacket design is in the same style as the rest of the Rebirth Deluxe Edition line, keeping the blue and white spine. The book has a top quality sewn binding. Furthermore we get some sketch galleries and variant cover galleries as extras in the back!
For me, these books represent the pinnacle of comic collecting. If my entire comic collection could be in this format, I’d do it. These are such a nicer and better product than single issues, than Trade Paperbacks, and due to ease of handling and carrying, and durability, even better than Omnibus Editions.
Patrick Gleason‘s art in this book is fabulous. He really draws a great Superman. And he has a great touch doing Jonathan Kent, Superboy as well. The exuberance and spontaneity of childhood is well captured by his pencilwork.
Doug Mahnke also puts in some work in this book. I really love his style as well. His is less cartoony, more hard edges. His Superman looks a bit younger and more macho. It’s hard to pick a favorite between the two. Luckily I don’t have to, they’re both great!
This book collects Superman: Rebirth One-Shot and Superman #1-13. The first arc is called Son of Superman. We get to see an old Superman foe make a return, The Eradicator. This time he’s targeting Superman’s son! This is a fun story and we get to see a little bit of what Superboy can do as he helps his dad fend off the Eradicator.
Next up we get a couple of quirky arcs including a trip to a town fair for the Kent family, a detour to a mysterious Dinosaur Island, and a run-in with Frankenstein himself.
Closing out the book is my favorite arc, In the Name of the Father. Here we have Batman and Superman putting their sons through a teamwork training exercise, against their wishes! This is a fun story of Batman and Superman as Dads trying to teach their sons a lesson. And we get to see the beginnings of the relationship between Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent, which of course will be continued and developed a lot in the Super Sons series.
Superman Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1 is an excellent book. I love this new paradigm of Superman as a husband and father. It is one of the best books of DC Rebirth. It really feels like this is the way Superman should have always been written. His character of being a true boy scout lends itself to these fatherly scenarios. This is a great book and I think this whole run will be work collecting for sure!
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