Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn

Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn

Though Superman and his family have found a measure of peace in their adopted town of Hamilton, they’ve also sensed a sinister presence lurking beneath its idyllic rural façade—something, as a visiting Batman and Robin are about to discover, that is stripping young Jonathan Kent of his powers and pitting neighbor against neighbor, hero against hero, father against son.Soon...

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Title:Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn
Author:Peter J. Tomasi
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Edition Language:English

Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn Reviews

  • James DeSantis

    Another really strong volume. I'm reading these so slow because I really don't want Peter J. Tomasi to leave this title (even though he already has).

    So we begin our story here in a semi-dark way. The town Superman and his family live in is becoming unhinged. Something isn't right in our little farm-town and things are going wrong. Before that Batman and Damien show up and Bruce tells Clark that Jon has untapped potential. In fact, Batman is convinced he should be stronger than he is already. Th

    Another really strong volume. I'm reading these so slow because I really don't want Peter J. Tomasi to leave this title (even though he already has).

    So we begin our story here in a semi-dark way. The town Superman and his family live in is becoming unhinged. Something isn't right in our little farm-town and things are going wrong. Before that Batman and Damien show up and Bruce tells Clark that Jon has untapped potential. In fact, Batman is convinced he should be stronger than he is already. That's when the town begins to collapse on itself and a new evil arises, one you might not expect. When friends become foes, and secrets begin to show themselves, will our heroes make it out okay?

    Good: The dynamic of family is still strong here. Clark and Lois are both caring parents and Jon is growing quick and dealing with life situations. I really love that Peter makes Lois a fucking badass without trying. She is able to handle herself in this series, and more than once comes to the rescue. I thought the villain here was a great choice to counter Clark's views on saving people and fighting villains and the twist of the town was cool.

    Bad: The last issue, while cute, was a little overdone. Having Clark relive his days with his Pa to share the same storyline with Jon felt a bit cliche. I also will be sad to see them leave the farm.

    Overall this was a great volume. I really am loving Peter's run. I think he did wonders for the character if you ask me. A 4 out of 5.

  • Scott S.

    Rebounding quite nicely from the blah

    , Vol. 4 finally explains some of the oddness that has been percolating under the crust of Hamilton County since the arrival of Clark, Lois and Jon. Also, Lois has a true deus ex machina moment ("Now we're talking!" exclaims Lois . . . and the reader), courtesy of an unexpected visit to the farm from Gotham's dynamic duo, that I wished would've lasted longer than three pages. With said visit we get the amusing dialogue many other reviews

    Rebounding quite nicely from the blah

    , Vol. 4 finally explains some of the oddness that has been percolating under the crust of Hamilton County since the arrival of Clark, Lois and Jon. Also, Lois has a true deus ex machina moment ("Now we're talking!" exclaims Lois . . . and the reader), courtesy of an unexpected visit to the farm from Gotham's dynamic duo, that I wished would've lasted longer than three pages. With said visit we get the amusing dialogue many other reviews have commented on - "Batman doesn't eat pie" - during dessert with our superheroes.

    Though the epilogue chapter seems sort of tacked-on, this was an otherwise

    good volume that seems to get things back on track. DC's doing something right with this

    title.

  • Chad

    Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke deliver yet another knockout punch with this entry into the Superman mythos. All of the oddness in Hamilton County is finally explained. Something of a redux of

    for the next generation. My one complaint would be too many inkers on a few of the issues. You can definitely see a distinct shift in the quality of the art and style. Fantastic art, fantastic story.

  • Wing Kee

    Not my favorite choice by Tomasi and Gleason.

    World: The art is good, I've always liked Gleason art, it's full of character and bits and pieces. The world building is okay but it is a bit wonky and out of left field. I don't really like what they did with the town of Hamilton and I don't agree with it.

    Story: The pacing is fine and so is the tone and the dialog. The issue I had with this arc was the fact that it exists. I like Kathy and Farmer Cobb and I did not like what they did with these cha

    Not my favorite choice by Tomasi and Gleason.

    World: The art is good, I've always liked Gleason art, it's full of character and bits and pieces. The world building is okay but it is a bit wonky and out of left field. I don't really like what they did with the town of Hamilton and I don't agree with it.

    Story: The pacing is fine and so is the tone and the dialog. The issue I had with this arc was the fact that it exists. I like Kathy and Farmer Cobb and I did not like what they did with these characters. Why could there not just been this little beautiful slice of Americana in Hamilton. The villain also annoyed and the fight in the end contrived and far easily dealt with. Not a big fan of this arc at all.

    Characters: This is probably the first step in Rebirth that I don't agree with this creative team. I don't need a dark sinister thing brewing beneath a wholesome town. I don't need it. Kathy was a great character for Jon to be friends with and the town was a good place for Jon to learn to love humans and people and life. This was unnecessary. The villain was stupid zzz.

    Not my favorite arc.

    Onward to the next book!

  • Artemy

    What kind of a sick sadistic fuck is Peter Tomasi? Not only did he introduce the character of Jon in his first volume of Superman by murdering a cat, not only does he keep rubbing it in every chance he gets (see also Super Sons), but now there's also this?

    Why do you hate cats so much, Tomasi? If you don't like them, just don't include them in your stories, you asshole.

    But anyway. This huge 6-part story is a continuation/rehash of Joe Kelly's famous Action Comics one-shot

    What kind of a sick sadistic fuck is Peter Tomasi? Not only did he introduce the character of Jon in his first volume of Superman by murdering a cat, not only does he keep rubbing it in every chance he gets (see also Super Sons), but now there's also this?

    Why do you hate cats so much, Tomasi? If you don't like them, just don't include them in your stories, you asshole.

    But anyway. This huge 6-part story is a continuation/rehash of Joe Kelly's famous Action Comics one-shot

    , and it's shit. The idea of The Elite as a one-off team of crazies worked fine for an issue just to make the point that Kelly was trying to make, but to base an entire story arc around that same premise only shows how little life there is in this concept beyond its original intent. Manchester Black is a pastiche character who just doesn't work on his own, his beliefs are comically wrong and villainous, and honestly, we don't need yet another story to explain how Superman is still actually a good and relevant character. The guy's got 1000 issues under his belt and trunks, of course he's still relevant! Now go and do something useful with him instead of torturing that poor cat's soul even more, Peter Tomasi YOU SICK FUCK.

    The volume is capped off with an issue written by Michael Moreci, and it's honestly even worse than Tomasi's story. It's a one-shot about Clark parenting Jon, and it undermines everything we've learned about Jon to date by depicting him as an insufferable ill-mannered brat more akin to Damian Wayne, who never listens to his father and does everything backwards. Looks like the only thing Michael Moreci knew about the character before writing this issue is that Jon is a teenager. Sorry, dude, but he's not THAT kind of teenager.

    Just as I was ready to give Tomasi another chance at redeeming himself as a writer in my eyes, he goes and does shit like Black Dawn. A useless, derivative story that desperately tries to say something meaningful about an 80-year-old character by rehashing a story that is almost 20 years old. I'm so glad that Bendis is replacing this hack, he can't possibly be worse than this.

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