REVIEW – Superman: Heroes #1

Superman: Heroes #1 - DC Comics

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction & Greg Rucka

Art by Kevin Maguire, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber, Mike Norton & Scott Godlewski

Colors by Paul Mounts, Gabe Eltaeb, Andy Troy & Nathan Fairbairn

Letters by Troy Peteri, Clayton Cowles & Simon Bowland

Cover by Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair

"Clark Kent is a mild mannered reporter..."  How many times have we heard that?  Those glasses, the change in demeanor, think about how many different versions of that we saw either on the page or on the screen.  Now that's all about to change after a reveal that I personally never saw coming.  It's time for Clark Kent to reveal to the world that he is Superman.

While this issue is broken into three parts, it's also quite linear.  Obviously part of this story is Clark coming to terms with and dealing with the decision to reveal his secret identity.  We see how it effects everyday citizens, members of the Justice League and even his own family.  There is also a trip down memory lane or two that I won't spoil for you.  Going into any real detail will spoil the issue, but there are a few specific moments that will make any Superman fan smile.  The ending also sets up the next chapter in the aftermath of this decision, and it's about to change things even more.

Sometimes there are moments that remind you why you love a character.  They don't happen all of the time, but this issue actually had more than one.  Given what this issue deals with, I can't say that I'm surprised.  There is also a moment that doesn't deal with Clark directly, but it's also something that needed to be addressed and said.  It was a smart inclusion, in my opinion.  There is also a danger that, when you're dealing with a large group of artists and colorists, that things will seem out of place.  If you're reading all of the individual runs that deal with some of these characters, it will seem more natural, but even if you don't it's still not a big deal.  It helps that they all happen to be very good.  When you put it all together, this is a feel good issue that opens more than one door.  It's hard to say just how big this particular issue will be right now.  Over time, I think we will definitely get that answer, but that also depends on what happens next.  Until then, just enjoy.

RATING:  4/5

(If Supes is your favorite character, you'll appreciate this issue more than most.  Even if he isn't, I think you'll find that moments that are meant to be impactful don't disappoint.)