The threads left dangling in DC Rebirth are being picked up in Superman #18, written by Peter Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray. It's the first part of "Superman Reborn," a crossover running through Superman and Action Comics, and it sees the return of Mr. Oz, the mysterious figure who's been meddling in the DC Universe and kidnapping people who seem to have something to do with the pre-Flashpoint timeline.
One of the weirder quirks of DC's Rebirth era is that Superman and Batman are both fathers. With Jon Kent and Damian Wayne both running around the universe, it was only a matter of time before the World's Finest Dads got together to spend some quality time with their kids.
In next week's Superman #10, it's finally happening as Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Mick Gray kick off "In The Name of the Father." I just don't think anyone expected it to involve a psychedelic moose. Check out an exclusive preview!
Superman and the Eradicator have an epic fight on and around the moon in Superman #6, by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Mick Gray. Superboy --- that is, Superman's son Jonathon Kent -- is also on hand, although he wisely gets out of the Eradicator's way, and Lois Lane is there too, but this is the Lois that's Superman's wife and Jon's mom, not the one who became Superwoman. Mind you, she does have some Batman armor that enables her to survive in space. There's a lot going on here, clearly.
It’s been noted by more than a few people that the current storyline running through the Superman family of books strongly represents the classic “Reign of the Supermen” event from the mid-'90s, where four new Supermen rose up to attempt to fill the absence left by The Man of Steel following his death fighting the monster Doomsday.
Currently, we have Lex Luthor, Kenan Kong, Lois Lane and the original Pre-Flashpoint Superman, plus his son Jonathan, all now operating under the Superman banner, as well as Supergirl, Steel and the Cyborg Superman. DC isn’t done there though, as this week’s Superman #2 by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray and John Kalisz saw the return of another would-be Superman straight from the '90s.
Imagine, for a moment, that you are the son of Batman. This shouldn't be difficult, because if you're anything like me, you're already doing this constantly already. You most likely have what could charitably be described as a strained relationship, because he has always put his one-man war against crime first, with family coming in at a distant second, but you've been able to come to terms with that, and maybe you've actually made some progress in your relationship.
And then you see that dude build a gigantic friggin' playground and handing out hugs for everybody else's kids, and all the sudden you're mad about it all over again.
That, friends, is exactly what's happening in the pages of Robin: Son of Batman #9, and if you can't wait to see the emotional toll that can result from a slide made out of a robot dinosaur, check out an exclusive preview!
Q: Who is the closest DC equivalent to Jessica Jones? -- @charlotteofoz
A: For what I suspect is a pretty obvious reason, this is a question that seems to be going around a lot this week, and it's an interesting one. As much as DC has experimented with it, the publisher has never had a lot of lasting success with street-level looks at how its universe functions. And really, that makes sense when you consider that its most famously gritty urban vigilante is also a billionaire who drives around in a rocket car and hangs out with his friends on the moon.
But there is a pretty good answer, and while I can't take the credit for thinking it up myself, it's definitely one that I agree with. If you're looking for a character to fill that role in the DC Universe, then you're looking for Cameron Chase --- and not just because they both have those alliterative initials.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.