Three new Supermen come to Earth in Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1.
This is the debut of writer and artist Neal Adams’ 6 issue mini-series based on Superman and the New Gods.
Where to read Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1:
- Hardcover collected edition of issues #1-6 – (my review here)
- Digital comics – available on Kindle and Comixology
As a fan of the New Gods and Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, this issue was a fun introduction to Adams’ story. Their mythology constantly crosses over with Superman’s, so this is a natural fit.
There are of New Gods Easter eggs as well as major characters and concepts included in the story. Within the first couple pages, we see things like WGBS, Kalibak, and Parademons.
The issue starts with three mysterious new beings landing on Earth. Each of them appears to have the same powers as Superman and is dressed in a similar outfit to them.
At the same time, Kalibak and a group of Parademons have arrived through a boom tube to invade the Earth yet again. Superman also takes in an orphan who was all alone in Africa. He was forced to take him in by a new and mysterious figure.
Adams is doing his best to give a classic feel to these characters and it is working so far. Kalibak, in particular, seems to act and speak exactly as you would expect him to.
I’m curious to see how this mini-series comes together and what Adams’ plans are for the new Supermen and the New Gods characters. Can these new Supermen be trusted? And why are they dressed like the Man of Steel?
Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen all have supporting roles in this issue. I’m eager to see what their roles our going forward. Lois was responsible for much of the exposition in this episode.
I was impressed with the artwork on the first issue. Adams wanted a look of the classic versions of these characters and it mostly works well. And if you are a fan of Superman’s red briefs on the outside, you will certainly be pleased.
Overall, issue #1 did it’s job. As a fan of both Superman and the New Gods, I’m very interested in what has been set up so far. I’m glad to pickup any story that has these character’s mythologies crossing paths and this is no different.
Up next – Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #2