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

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are back with a vengeance in this volume of Superman, which brings a lot of the stories from the first year of the book into tight focus as Superman, Jon, and Lois are all tested to their fullest when a mysterious yet familiar threat emerges from the shadows.

    Black Dawn is a bit of a rehash of Whatever Happened To Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, but in a good way. It's reimagined nicely, and it brings Superboy along for the ride on the

    [Read as single issues]

    Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are back with a vengeance in this volume of Superman, which brings a lot of the stories from the first year of the book into tight focus as Superman, Jon, and Lois are all tested to their fullest when a mysterious yet familiar threat emerges from the shadows.

    Black Dawn is a bit of a rehash of Whatever Happened To Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, but in a good way. It's reimagined nicely, and it brings Superboy along for the ride on the next step of his character arc too. There are a few quick handwavey explanations about things, but it's a decent way to close down this chapter of the Kents' lives as they move away from Hamilton and back to Metropolis where they belong.

    Gleason is also back on art, with Doug Mahnke tag-teaming with him for certain issues, like the extra-sized #25 that tops off the story. They have a great visual synergy that means this is the most consistent the book has looked for a while, and that really helps sell the story overall.

    Strong character work as ever and a decent homage to a very famous story gives us a great volume of Superman adventures.

  • Rory Wilding

    Having read the initial three volumes of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s

    run, it’s been interesting to see how DC is retconning the Man of Steel throughout the Rebirth initiative. Although I have not read

    as well as the crossover event

    , based on this fourth volume, some things have changed (with a suit with a new belt buckle) and some haven’t (failing to maintain a normal family life in Hamilton County, USA).

  • Scott

    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!

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