With all of the DC Rebirth titles that have come out this book has a lot to live up to already. Rebirth has been a return to form for DC, with characters acting more like themselves and a lot of fun being introduced back into the world. This book is no exception, it is a through and through fun read and it never feels like it’s piggybacking on Superman.
Our main character Kenan is nothing like Clark Kent and that’s a good thing. I don’t want to see Chinese Clark Kent, I don’t need a copy in a new city. Instead, we have a whole new character with flaws and some good in him. Luen manages to give quite a bit of background on Kenan’s tragic history without it ever feeling slow.
We get an honest to goodness origin story in this first issue, with a decent amount of character development and a supporting cast. Luen does a masterful job here, never making it feel too tropey or pushed. After reading the first issue I really feel for Kenan and that is a feat in itself.
Bgodanovi (pencils) and Friend (inks) do an amazing job with art on this title, keeping pace with Luen’s story and fleshing everything out. Throw in some very nice full page panels and there is a lot to like here.
Having read most of the DC Rebirth titles out there, I have to say this is contention for my favorite title out right now. I can’t wait to see where this goes, plus the cliffhanger at the end has me foaming at the mouth to see what happens next.
8 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya New Super-Man #1 Written by Gene Luen Yang Art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend Published by DC Release Date: July 13th, 2016