You know what's most impressive about the first issue of Superman's Rebirth?
The fact that it made Convergence make sense for existing, outside of Shazam!
Welcome to Spoiler country, critters!
So, New 52 Superman, you know the one where Clark's parents are long dead, is actually dead. Let me try and get this right, our current Superman is the pre-New 52 one!
Convergence basically exists to give us reasoning for this post-crisis-pre-New 52 one, from the now erased timeline, to exist. Brainiac started doming cities and just happened to catch this version of Clark and Lois while in Gotham from another timeline.
They had a kid during this time and baboom, here we are. Also, the dome world was apparently a couple of years back in time so that would explain why Jonathan, Lois and Clark's son, is like approaching mid-elementary school levels.
I need to add the line, there is something so satisfying for a comic book fan when an intricate storyline, built over a year of Easter eggs and hints comes together so smoothly and works out.
That's what we have here with Superman: Rebirth #1.
Fans of 1990s Superman rejoice as their pre-Flashpoint hero, who we thought was a pile of dust after a battle with Doomsday in 1992's Issue No. 75, but daddy's back! We covered all the past stuff in quick, concise and insightful DC fashion and moved on to the meat and taters at a comfortable pace.
The all-star cast of Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza and Wil Quintana rocked it. We've drooled over the writing, so far, so let's give the art some love.
Lana Lang and new Supes are the focus of this issue driven by dialog, backstory and deep looks into each character's personality. Because, heck, the current storyline is digging up New 52's body and transporting it to Smallville, Kansas.
It's dark, but the colors, brightness and contrast of Lang and Clark's conversation deep beneath the surface just scream hopeful optimism. The way light shines off of the Big Memorial S, the way their faces light up as they remember a friend but, yet, still have the wherewithal to take everything in.
Seriously, the trip inside the Fortress of Solitude is enchanting. You feel the awkwardness the characters feel as they dig through New 52's digs looking for any hope of resurrection.
What we learn, though, is that there is no resurrection in store for New 53 Superman, at least for now.
Rating: 8/10 For Superman, any strong issue is good news. What a heck of a start for Rebirth. There hasn't been this much hopeful optimism surrounding this character for as long as I can remember. This grade would be higher if DC has been a little more tight-lipped with its solicitations.