Superman Reborn is in the bag and now we are on to the next story arc in Superman #20 with “Black Dawn”. Of course, we see Superman donning the slightly altered outfit and it looks great here. Opening up the book with things seemingly back to normal, with The Kents back on the farm and the world adoring Superman again. There is even a cute nod to Superman Red/Blue in the opening spread with two birds flying next to Superman.
With everything being back to normal naturally, Batman and Robin swing by to talk. Batman is concerned about Jon, being a Human-Kryptonian hybrid, he should be much stronger at this point. In fact, Batman claims Superboy should be more powerful than Superman on his best day. Being the detective Batman begins to question everything, with Superman being optimistic to a fault. It’s your classic Batman/Superman fight. Eventually, they uncover a lead and Batman investigates, of course ending with a cliffhanger, which was a neat little twist on someone we already have met.
Gleason and Tomasi do such a great job at depicting The Kent’s and the Bat family’s interactions. Wavering back and forth between playful fun and quite serious moments with ease. How can you go wrong with lines like “Batman doesn’t eat pie”. The banter between Jon and Damian is another highlight here, with them bickering in the background while their fathers do the same. Characterization is always on point in this title and I just love seeing where they take the cast each time.
What is there to say about Gleason, Gray, and Kalisz that I haven’t said yet? This art team is phenomenal, really bringing the brightness and color that works so well with Superman. Not to mention how they can shift gears and depict Batman in the shadows brooding with ease. They are at the top of their game and each issue is a pleasure to read.
With this being the beginning of a new arc in Superman, now is a good time to pick this title up if you haven’t. I can’t recommend both Superman and Action Comics enough, both teams are doing such a good job right now.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Written by Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh
Published by DC
Release Date: April 5th, 2017