Superman #39 Review

Superman #39

Written by: Patrick Gleason & Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Barry Kitson
Inks: Scott Hanna & Barry Kitson
Colored by: Gabe Eltaeb


This issue is an all-ages story that begins with a group of villains, the Demolition Guys, attacking Superman. He dispatches the villains and thereby keeps the children safe. The children are all living in a cancer center. After the bad guys are dispatched, Superman meets with the children’s parents who thank Superman for keeping their children safe.  

While Superman is talking to the parents, a child in a wheelchair goes to tell the other children that Superman is in the hospital. Superman comes back with the Green Lantern and the children get to meet their heroes and a lot more!  The children are invited to go with the Green Lantern and Superman to the Justice League’s command center orbiting the earth. During the transport, the children ask Superman a lot of questions. The plane enters  space and the lack of gravity causes the children to float.  The children who are impacted by significant health problems,  float and have a lot of fun.

Superman supports the children who are worried about those who were not able to participate. The children are surprised and excited when they meet the rest of the Justice League!  The children split up and spend time with the heroes. The Flash pushes a boy in a wheelchair at super speed.  Wonder Woman let’s a child wear her wrist bands and then shows them her lasso .  Batman shows some children his Bat-tech and his equipment.  Aquaman takes a group on a tour underwater.  Cyborg shows a child his tech-gear.  Superman takes several children for a flight on his back.  

Following this, the children go on a scavenger hunt with the heroes.  The children have a blast finding the items that are connected to the superheroes in appearance, for example, Cyborg’s arm and Wonder Woman’s lasso.  Superman gives smartphones to every child who take pictures of the heroes.  Superman takes the children to the moon, and they put their names on rocks as a memory.  The issue ends with Superman and the children looking at the earth.


This all-ages book is beautifully drawn and the colors brighten this already inspiring story. For a child who has a health condition, or, is faced with a problem that is larger than life, this book is for them. To cynical adults this story will be a throw away because it does not connect to Rebirth or a larger plot. However, it could be enlightening for any adult to put themselves in the place of a child who feels helpless and then to read this story and allow yourself to feel what it might be like to have hope.

Out of 10
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Tom Zimm
I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist that works with children. I've been interested in comic book heroes since I was a young child. However, it's been in the last 3-4 years that I've been making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list. DC's Rebirth really won me over, especially Geoff Johns' 80-page book. My favorite properties include The Flash and The Incredible Hulk. My criteria for a good comic book include taking stupid and fun seriously while remaining self-aware.