In order to appreciate the comic known as Superman: Rebirth #1 by Peter J. Tomasi, we have to understand the history of what happened prior to this. In the world of the new 52, Superman probably faced the most changes compared to the Superman that we knew and loved from the classic days. People are always saying that Superman needed some form of change, but how do you change an icon like him? Well, for starters they removed the relationship between him and Lois Lane, and replaced it with a relationship with Wonder Woman. Many of his supporting cast was fully removed or killed off. Fans revolted over these changes and again DC chose to make some giant changes to the character. The changes that were given to us was in the form of Lois Lane "outing" superman's identity to the world(to technically save him from himself),but, these were changes that were going to be fully impossible to outdo. Dan Jurgins returned to the world of DC and brought with him the classic Superman that we remembered from before "Flashpoint" and even though that comic had pros and cons, it was still seen as a positive fresh of breath air compared to what was happening in the regular Superman books at the time. To combat all of this, DC decided that the best course of action was to kill Superman off in a 8-part set that will go down as one of the most confusing and poorly written sagas in Superman history. Now, who will take the role of Superman? None other then Superman from the pre-Flashpoint reality.
Much of what we get in this issue is meant to bring us back to the world of the classic Superman. In actuality, nothing at all really happens in this comic that we didn't know already about. But, that's not always a bad thing. Superman from the pre-Flashpoint world knows what it's like to die, and we enter this comic while he's dealing with the final 2 stages of grief. First, comes the bargaining stage for him. He remembers himself what it was like to die at the hands of Doomsday and he also remembers what it was like to return from the dead. So, if he could come back from the dead, why can't this worlds Superman? This is essentially the story of this comic. But, by the end we hit the acceptance stage of grief, as we learn that this Superman is not coming back and instead we have the original back in the red and blue. Tomasi and Gleason have really written a 22-page prologue for the upcoming series that still carries the hope of the world on Superman's shoulders. The story beautifully retells the Death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday in 1992 and what the intent of the New 52 Superman will be upon his hopeful return. Only this time, we don't have to worry about a world without Superman because we have the Post Crisis Superman to help out as much as he can. Now what will happen with Jonathan and Lois as they adapt to the being in the public eye in this world. In the end Superman Rebirth does a fantastic job summing up all you need to know for both new and returning readers, although those that have stayed in the know in recent times may want to give it a miss. Rebirth already seems to be delivering on its promises of bringing DC continuity back to the fore, with a returning, married Superman carrying on the legacy of the fallen. I eagerly await next week's release of Action Comics with our favorite Machiavellian foe, Lex Luthor, taking on the cape as his own version of Man of Steel and the continuing chronicle of Superman the week after. I give this issue a 8 out of 10.