Superman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition

Tomasi, Peter J. & Doug Mahnke & others (illus.). DC. (Rebirth). Oct. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781401271558. $34.99; ebk. ISBN 9781401282141. SUPERHERO
For those familiar with the Superman story lines of DC's "New 52" reboot, this collection may initially confuse. The "Rebirth" series, launching off the end of the "New 52" books, restores the Superman who is married to Lois Lane. Early on in this deluxe edition, which collects Superman Issues 1–13 and the stand-alone Superman: Rebirth, the "new" Superman lives north of Metropolis on a farm with Lois and their young son Jon. Jon knows his father's secret identity and struggles with the use of his own emerging powers. Over several episodes, a battle ensues against the Eradicator, a sort of artificial Superman construct. The Eradicator houses the dead souls of Krypton and is bent on destroying young Jon because of his mixed heritage. Other issues feature a visit to Dinosaur Island and a contentious and humorous yet ultimately friendly and rewarding team-up with Damian Wayne, Batman's son.
VERDICT Tomasi (Light Brigade), Gleason (Batman and Robin), Mahnke (The Mask), and a host of other artists ably bring these colorful stories to life. The focus on family dynamics, small-town life, a few cameos, and interactions with superheroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman make these rebooted tales inviting and fun. Recommended.
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