DC Comics relaunch: Superman #1

Somehow, I missed the release of DC Comics Superman #1 last week and didn’t discover that the issue was available until the weekend. But having discovered it, I acquired an electronic copy and on Saturday evening, I read it, my second comic ever.

I liked it. Once again, I thought the art was considerably better than the writing, but the story line was interesting and certainly more understandable than the story line for Action Comics #1. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything here; I got what was going on; it all made sense. I particularly liked the little hint of recursion inserted into the story: the Daily Planet is being relaunched as part of a larger news network. That relaunch certainly echoes the relaunch of DC Comics.

Another thing I liked was that the comic was a self-contained story, in a larger story arc. Superman had to face and defeat some strange fire being. He met the challenge and eventually defeated the creature. There wasn’t a cliff-hanger ending and I don’t think there always needs to be one. It is satisfying to get a complete story in a single issue.

One thing I don’t get–and perhaps long-time comic gurus can help me out: how does the Superman comic related to the Action Comics comic, or the Justice League? Are these alternate universes with alternate Supermans? Are they supposed to take place in different times in Superman’s life? Do things that happen in one comic carry through to the other? How, exactly, are these comics related?

I’m already looking forward to Action Comics #2 and Superman #2.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

1 thought on “DC Comics relaunch: Superman #1

  1. Jamie, you can always ask me questions about Superman.

    Before the reboot, Action and Superman took place around the same time, although they told different stories. In the current reboot, Action takes place early in Superman’s career; Superman the book takes place “today”; and the Superman in the current Justice League appears to be in a time between the two. In theory, they’re all set in the same, current, consistent universe.

    Let me know if you want more information on how the books fit together in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. 🙂

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