Superman Vol. 4: Black Dawn by Peter J. Tomasi

Superman Vol. 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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Superman Vol. 4: Black Dawn Reviews

  • 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!

  • Will Robinson Jr.

    Without a doubt Tomasi & Gleason are writing one of the best comicbook series around. The bonds of the Kent family are tested as an old Superman for, Manchester Black returns to wreck the peaceful town of Hamilton. In this volume of Superman young Jon is tempted to see the life of being a hero differently than his father. I fondly remember being exposed to Manchester Black from the DC Animated film, Superman & the Elite. I never read the Superman and Justice League books that introduced

    Without a doubt Tomasi & Gleason are writing one of the best comicbook series around. The bonds of the Kent family are tested as an old Superman for, Manchester Black returns to wreck the peaceful town of Hamilton. In this volume of Superman young Jon is tempted to see the life of being a hero differently than his father. I fondly remember being exposed to Manchester Black from the DC Animated film, Superman & the Elite. I never read the Superman and Justice League books that introduced Black & the Elite. I did enjoy the concept of Superman confronting his ideology of trying not to kill an enemy versus the eye for eye code that Black follows. This story brings this battle of ideologies to a more personal conflict as Black tries to manipulate Superman's son into going to the dark side. There is a a lot of jaw dropping action moments in the book and the emotional moments are incredibly written and drawn. I can not express how much the family dynamic has made the Superman series both relevant and just a all around fun read. I am going to try to go back and read some of the earlier stories with Black. Superman continues to be one of the strongest series in the DC Rebirth era of DC comics.

  • Koen

    Quite liked this story! The ending was rather dull/sappy though :/

  • Charity Tinnin

    (Read as Single Issues) In a darker, more cynical age, it is perhaps more important than ever that Big Blue Boy Scouts remain so ... for they really do have the power to change the world.

  • 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.

  • Steve Quinn

    Superman’s been one of the better Rebirth titles so far, for me. I’m definitely enjoying superboy, seeing the Kent’s go to the fair, and suchlike things. This volume though was a bit of a letdown. Manchester Black? Whodahell? I remember him from the New 52 Titans, but beyond that I don’t know his history. Seems pretty formidable, but they never really explained his powers. At all. I had to Wikipedia him.

    Well, so things in this book got all confusing after he showed up. The townspeople are all s

    Superman’s been one of the better Rebirth titles so far, for me. I’m definitely enjoying superboy, seeing the Kent’s go to the fair, and suchlike things. This volume though was a bit of a letdown. Manchester Black? Whodahell? I remember him from the New 52 Titans, but beyond that I don’t know his history. Seems pretty formidable, but they never really explained his powers. At all. I had to Wikipedia him.

    Well, so things in this book got all confusing after he showed up. The townspeople are all super powered aliens who believe in killing? Superboy may be okay with this? What just happened to Lois’ leg? Ok just about every page I was pretty damn turned around as to what was going on and why.

    Manchester Black took down Supes and Batman pretty easily, and then...someone got really angry and beat him? And now the aliens are going to fix the town, and Superman just lets them off the hook? And did superboy lose his powers? Or not?

    I thought the art was good, and I still like the Kent family, and watching Damien and Jon interact. That’s still lots of fun, but the main story got in the way, which was a shame.

    Thanks to DC for giving me a review copy in exchange for a review!

  • 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).

  • L.   (Slay the meaty ones!)

    I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway.

    I'm not a big fan of this kind of artwork. On practically page one I've got a nitpick. They go out of their way to show the Kents now live on a farm way out in the boondocks, yet Lois takes the trashcan out to the curb. When you live in the county you haul your own trash off. Ain't no truck gonna come pick this up. But as I said, that's just nitpicking.

    My true complaints contain spoilers so

    .

    Batman and Robin stop by to chit chat a

    I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway.

    I'm not a big fan of this kind of artwork. On practically page one I've got a nitpick. They go out of their way to show the Kents now live on a farm way out in the boondocks, yet Lois takes the trashcan out to the curb. When you live in the county you haul your own trash off. Ain't no truck gonna come pick this up. But as I said, that's just nitpicking.

    My true complaints contain spoilers so

    .

    Batman and Robin stop by to chit chat about Superboy. Immediately Robin gets on my nerves with his constant pshaw noises. Batman disappears early on and frankly has nothing to do with the story at all. Even at the end with the big boss battle he's barely in two or three panels. Heck, the Batmobile did more. Why was the Dynamic Duo even here? They were unnecessary.

    Another complaint has to do with Lois being severely injured during a fight scene. She's hurt bad enough for Superman to leave the fight to fly her to the hospital. Yet at the very end she shows up at the battle, her body intact, and we're given a throwaway line to explain it all away. It just pissed me off. I would have been more interested in seeing how the family dealt with her injury than be told, "Oh, it was all an illusion."

  • Fraser Sherman

    The good thing about this TPB is the way it portrays Superman, Jonathan Kent and Lois. It's old-school nice-guy non-edgy Superman and family, and I like that. And I thought the reveal of what's really going on in Hamilton was going to be interesting ... only it wasn't. Manchester Black was a memorable character when he showed up as a Superman villain but his arc ended well. Reviving him as once again a hardcore You Need Me On That Wall type (and a lot less well executed than in his earlier stori

    The good thing about this TPB is the way it portrays Superman, Jonathan Kent and Lois. It's old-school nice-guy non-edgy Superman and family, and I like that. And I thought the reveal of what's really going on in Hamilton was going to be interesting ... only it wasn't. Manchester Black was a memorable character when he showed up as a Superman villain but his arc ended well. Reviving him as once again a hardcore You Need Me On That Wall type (and a lot less well executed than in his earlier stories) is just a waste. This would get maybe 1.5 stars, but the Super-family stuff is still pretty winning.

  • Mark

    I’m still trying to get used to the whole DC Rebirth line going on. It feels like if you miss an issue or collection though that you’ll find yourself lost trying to figure out the changes that have been made which makes it difficult to follow along with the story being told.

    This time around Superman and Lois are now living in a town called Hamilton. There they are raising their son Jon, the new Superboy. With new powers changing from time to time it concerns Batman and he arrives with his own so

    I’m still trying to get used to the whole DC Rebirth line going on. It feels like if you miss an issue or collection though that you’ll find yourself lost trying to figure out the changes that have been made which makes it difficult to follow along with the story being told.

    This time around Superman and Lois are now living in a town called Hamilton. There they are raising their son Jon, the new Superboy. With new powers changing from time to time it concerns Batman and he arrives with his own son Damian in tow. Of course the two young boys don’t see eye to eye and are not quite the same friendly pair that Batman and Superman were decades ago.

    Batman begins to investigate the town and strange things occurring there he disappears. As Superman tries to find out what happened a giant squid invades the town and wreaks havoc along with a black formless goo. An old foe of Superman has returned with evil intentions for Jon. Whether he can achieve this goal or not will depend on Jon as much as it does the other heroes.

    The change of location from Metropolis of Smallville took a bit of getting used to for me but I got there eventually. The town of Hamilton itself becomes an integral part of the story. The artwork here is among the better of the DC Rebirth titles going on. In the end it was entertaining, well thought out, well drawn and enough to hold my interest. Rebirth fans will want to add this one to their collection.


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