Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn

Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn

Though Superman and his family have found a measure of peace in their adopted town of Hamilton, they’ve also sensed a sinister presence lurking beneath its idyllic rural façade—something, as a visiting Batman and Robin are about to discover, that is stripping young Jonathan Kent of his powers and pitting neighbor against neighbor, hero against hero, father against son.Soon...

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Title:Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn
Author:Peter J. Tomasi
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Edition Language:English

Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn Reviews

  • Will Robinson Jr.

    Without a doubt Tomasi & Gleason are writing one of the best comicbook series around. The bonds of the Kent family are tested as an old Superman for, Manchester Black returns to wreck the peaceful town of Hamilton. In this volume of Superman young Jon is tempted to see the life of being a hero differently than his father. I fondly remember being exposed to Manchester Black from the DC Animated film, Superman & the Elite. I never read the Superman and Justice League books that introduced

    Without a doubt Tomasi & Gleason are writing one of the best comicbook series around. The bonds of the Kent family are tested as an old Superman for, Manchester Black returns to wreck the peaceful town of Hamilton. In this volume of Superman young Jon is tempted to see the life of being a hero differently than his father. I fondly remember being exposed to Manchester Black from the DC Animated film, Superman & the Elite. I never read the Superman and Justice League books that introduced Black & the Elite. I did enjoy the concept of Superman confronting his ideology of trying not to kill an enemy versus the eye for eye code that Black follows. This story brings this battle of ideologies to a more personal conflict as Black tries to manipulate Superman's son into going to the dark side. There is a a lot of jaw dropping action moments in the book and the emotional moments are incredibly written and drawn. I can not express how much the family dynamic has made the Superman series both relevant and just a all around fun read. I am going to try to go back and read some of the earlier stories with Black. Superman continues to be one of the strongest series in the DC Rebirth era of DC comics.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are back with a vengeance in this volume of Superman, which brings a lot of the stories from the first year of the book into tight focus as Superman, Jon, and Lois are all tested to their fullest when a mysterious yet familiar threat emerges from the shadows.

    Black Dawn is a bit of a rehash of Whatever Happened To Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, but in a good way. It's reimagined nicely, and it brings Superboy along for the ride on the

    [Read as single issues]

    Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are back with a vengeance in this volume of Superman, which brings a lot of the stories from the first year of the book into tight focus as Superman, Jon, and Lois are all tested to their fullest when a mysterious yet familiar threat emerges from the shadows.

    Black Dawn is a bit of a rehash of Whatever Happened To Truth, Justice, and the American Way?, but in a good way. It's reimagined nicely, and it brings Superboy along for the ride on the next step of his character arc too. There are a few quick handwavey explanations about things, but it's a decent way to close down this chapter of the Kents' lives as they move away from Hamilton and back to Metropolis where they belong.

    Gleason is also back on art, with Doug Mahnke tag-teaming with him for certain issues, like the extra-sized #25 that tops off the story. They have a great visual synergy that means this is the most consistent the book has looked for a while, and that really helps sell the story overall.

    Strong character work as ever and a decent homage to a very famous story gives us a great volume of Superman adventures.

  • Rory Wilding

    Having read the initial three volumes of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s

    run, it’s been interesting to see how DC is retconning the Man of Steel throughout the Rebirth initiative. Although I have not read

    as well as the crossover event

    , based on this fourth volume, some things have changed (with a suit with a new belt buckle) and some haven’t (failing to maintain a normal family life in Hamilton County, USA).

  • Wayne McCoy

    With 'Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn,' Peter J. Tomasi continues a really great run on this title. It's one I always look forward to reading.

    The Kents have had a pretty idyllic existence in the farm town of Hamilton, but that is about to end. It's been hinted at in other story lines. It comes to a head here. Something is not right with how Jon's powers are developing and Batman shows up with Robin to investigate. What they uncover unleashes a secret that the town holds. When one of Superman's ol

    With 'Superman, Volume 4: Black Dawn,' Peter J. Tomasi continues a really great run on this title. It's one I always look forward to reading.

    The Kents have had a pretty idyllic existence in the farm town of Hamilton, but that is about to end. It's been hinted at in other story lines. It comes to a head here. Something is not right with how Jon's powers are developing and Batman shows up with Robin to investigate. What they uncover unleashes a secret that the town holds. When one of Superman's old enemies shows up, he tries to turn Superboy toward the darkness. Will a dark Superboy find new powers or will he be able to fight it off?

    It was only inevitable, I guess, that this perfect town would be hiding some secret. Part of me wishes that it hadn't been so, and there is a change to a couple characters that I wish hadn't been part of the conspiracy.

    Overall, I did enjoy the story, and, especially, the back up story that Clark teaching Jon about decisions and responsibility while having a flashback to an episode with his own father Jonathan.

    I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  • Scott

    Rebounding quite nicely from the blah

    , Vol. 4 finally explains some of the oddness that has been percolating under the crust of Hamilton County since the arrival of Clark, Lois and Jon. Also, Lois has a true deus ex machina moment ("Now we're talking!" exclaims Lois . . . and the reader), courtesy of an unexpected visit to the farm from Gotham's dynamic duo, that I wished would've lasted longer than three pages. With said visit we get the amusing dialogue many other reviews

    Rebounding quite nicely from the blah

    , Vol. 4 finally explains some of the oddness that has been percolating under the crust of Hamilton County since the arrival of Clark, Lois and Jon. Also, Lois has a true deus ex machina moment ("Now we're talking!" exclaims Lois . . . and the reader), courtesy of an unexpected visit to the farm from Gotham's dynamic duo, that I wished would've lasted longer than three pages. With said visit we get the amusing dialogue many other reviews have commented on - "Batman doesn't eat pie" - during dessert with our superheroes.

    Though the epilogue chapter seems sort of tacked-on, this was an otherwise

    good volume that seems to get things back on track. DC's doing something right with this

    title.

  • Chad

    Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, and Doug Mahnke deliver yet another knockout punch with this entry into the Superman mythos. All of the oddness in Hamilton County is finally explained. Something of a redux of

    for the next generation. My one complaint would be too many inkers on a few of the issues. You can definitely see a distinct shift in the quality of the art and style. Fantastic art, fantastic story.

  • Steve Quinn

    Superman’s been one of the better Rebirth titles so far, for me. I’m definitely enjoying superboy, seeing the Kent’s go to the fair, and suchlike things. This volume though was a bit of a letdown. Manchester Black? Whodahell? I remember him from the New 52 Titans, but beyond that I don’t know his history. Seems pretty formidable, but they never really explained his powers. At all. I had to Wikipedia him.

    Well, so things in this book got all confusing after he showed up. The townspeople are all s

    Superman’s been one of the better Rebirth titles so far, for me. I’m definitely enjoying superboy, seeing the Kent’s go to the fair, and suchlike things. This volume though was a bit of a letdown. Manchester Black? Whodahell? I remember him from the New 52 Titans, but beyond that I don’t know his history. Seems pretty formidable, but they never really explained his powers. At all. I had to Wikipedia him.

    Well, so things in this book got all confusing after he showed up. The townspeople are all super powered aliens who believe in killing? Superboy may be okay with this? What just happened to Lois’ leg? Ok just about every page I was pretty damn turned around as to what was going on and why.

    Manchester Black took down Supes and Batman pretty easily, and then...someone got really angry and beat him? And now the aliens are going to fix the town, and Superman just lets them off the hook? And did superboy lose his powers? Or not?

    I thought the art was good, and I still like the Kent family, and watching Damien and Jon interact. That’s still lots of fun, but the main story got in the way, which was a shame.

    Thanks to DC for giving me a review copy in exchange for a review!

  • Fraser Sherman

    The good thing about this TPB is the way it portrays Superman, Jonathan Kent and Lois. It's old-school nice-guy non-edgy Superman and family, and I like that. And I thought the reveal of what's really going on in Hamilton was going to be interesting ... only it wasn't. Manchester Black was a memorable character when he showed up as a Superman villain but his arc ended well. Reviving him as once again a hardcore You Need Me On That Wall type (and a lot less well executed than in his earlier stori

    The good thing about this TPB is the way it portrays Superman, Jonathan Kent and Lois. It's old-school nice-guy non-edgy Superman and family, and I like that. And I thought the reveal of what's really going on in Hamilton was going to be interesting ... only it wasn't. Manchester Black was a memorable character when he showed up as a Superman villain but his arc ended well. Reviving him as once again a hardcore You Need Me On That Wall type (and a lot less well executed than in his earlier stories) is just a waste. This would get maybe 1.5 stars, but the Super-family stuff is still pretty winning.

  • Wing Kee

    Not my favorite choice by Tomasi and Gleason.

    World: The art is good, I've always liked Gleason art, it's full of character and bits and pieces. The world building is okay but it is a bit wonky and out of left field. I don't really like what they did with the town of Hamilton and I don't agree with it.

    Story: The pacing is fine and so is the tone and the dialog. The issue I had with this arc was the fact that it exists. I like Kathy and Farmer Cobb and I did not like what they did with these cha

    Not my favorite choice by Tomasi and Gleason.

    World: The art is good, I've always liked Gleason art, it's full of character and bits and pieces. The world building is okay but it is a bit wonky and out of left field. I don't really like what they did with the town of Hamilton and I don't agree with it.

    Story: The pacing is fine and so is the tone and the dialog. The issue I had with this arc was the fact that it exists. I like Kathy and Farmer Cobb and I did not like what they did with these characters. Why could there not just been this little beautiful slice of Americana in Hamilton. The villain also annoyed and the fight in the end contrived and far easily dealt with. Not a big fan of this arc at all.

    Characters: This is probably the first step in Rebirth that I don't agree with this creative team. I don't need a dark sinister thing brewing beneath a wholesome town. I don't need it. Kathy was a great character for Jon to be friends with and the town was a good place for Jon to learn to love humans and people and life. This was unnecessary. The villain was stupid zzz.

    Not my favorite arc.

    Onward to the next book!

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