Lois: "This genie isn't going back in the bottle."
Jon: "It doesn't matter mom, Superman is for everybody."
The first six issues of Superman Rebirth have been a love story for the history of the Superman. I don't mean that it retreads all the lore or that doesn't tell a new story. Quite the opposite, in fact. What I mean to say is that it gets the "feel" of Superman back. Back before his first death, back before there were any "Crisis-es", maybe even back to the Golden Age. He may not be blowing out a star anytime soon, but we get a fantastical, shlocky, and a slightly less jingoistic Superman from that era.
It's a good thing.
This is usually where the spoiler warning sits.
I'll say this now: Go out and collect these issues and read them for yourself. Instead of totally spoiling a comic, as I often do, I will instead just talk about the overarching narrative and direction of this comic while displaying some of the amazing art.
Superman to his son: "Truth. Justice... Family... I want you to make that 'S' on your chest your own."
This series, as I have said before, is more about Jonathan than it is about Superman. That's not to say that there isn't plenty of Lois, Clark, and even the rest of the Justice League. It isn't all leading to the re-introduction of Superman and letting the world know he's back. It's about introducing a new Superboy to the reader.
The series may have pitted Superman, Lois (Bat-Mom), Krypto, and Jon against a super-powerful new villain; but this is a Superman comic, and we know how it's going to turn out. The stage was set for the reader to have his heart fill with pride every time a patriotic panel splashed before our eyes.
Speaking of the panels, the art consistently amazes me. Patrick Gleason captures so many iconic moments in this issue and delivers with such amazing consistency that I found myself staring at pages for longer than I normally would when reading a comic for review. I then found myself going back and staring. Then making desktop wallpapers. It's that good.
The story arc that Gleason and Tomasi tell is as heartfelt as almost any comic I can think of in recent memory. It conveys subtlety when it needs to, but this is a Superman comic and Tomasi knows that isn't what it should be about ... yet. Superman of old was rather Manichean ... a black and white sort of morality that left little in the way of nuance. He is father now and this seems all the more fitting. As a parent of a small boy myself, I find myself imparting "truth" to him in similar binary ways though I know the world is a whole lot more complex and real life tends to be lived in the gray. Superman knows this too and I look forward to the day Superboy learns this lesson as well.
As a new series begins and we get to see Jon and Damian team up and the new Trinity come together, I would like to take a moment to say a heartfelt "thank you" to Tomasi, Gleason, Gray, and all of DC Rebirth. This has been great. I look forward to the future. You have rekindled my love of SUPERMAN.