Superman, Volume 4 by Peter J. Tomasi

Superman, Volume 4

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 the time will come for Jonathan to choose: Will he follow his father ...

Details Superman, Volume 4

TitleSuperman, Volume 4
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Superman, Comic Book

Reviews Superman, Volume 4

  • 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 Superman - What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way? (Action Comics #775) 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 t...
  • Artemy
    What kind of a sick sadistic fuck is Peter Tomasi? Not only did he introduce the character of Jon in his first volume of Superman by murdering a cat, not only does he keep rubbing it in every chance he gets (see also Super Sons), but now there's also this?Why do you hate cats so much, Tomasi? If you don't like them, just don't include them in your stories, you asshole.But anyway. This huge 6-part story is a continuation/rehash of Joe Kelly's famo...
  • Scott
    Rebounding quite nicely from the blah Vol. 3: Multiplicity, 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 vis...
  • Rory Wilding
    Having read the initial three volumes of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Superman run, it’s been interesting to see how DC is retconning the Man of Steel throughout the Rebirth initiative. Although I have not read Action Comics as well as the crossover event Superman Reborn, 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 ...
  • 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 Co...
  • Travis Duke
    (3.5?) I am really enjoying this superman series, I think mainly because of the strong family story they got going on. After a sidestep with volume 3, volume 4 gets back into the flow with a good twist about the town Hamilton that the Kent family has made home. We also get a great villain cameo that I wont spoil. Like I mentioned I really enjoy the family aspect that Tomasi is writing. The father and son relationship with Jon and Clark is heart w...
  • 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...
  • Adam Spanos
    The main six-part story here is an epic Superman family story that, despite being set in and around the farm and (under) the local town, is epic, as a villain from the ‘wrong’ timeline makes his reappearance (I had to read the Wikipedia page for his back-story), reveals the secrets of those strange neighbours, their cow, the haunted house, and even the whereabouts of Mr & (”Ex.”) Mrs Frankenstein.Despite the presence of Batman & Robin, Lo...
  • 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 a...
  • 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...
  • 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 sec...
  • 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 ...
  • L. (Super Easy. Barely An Inconvenience.)
    I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway.I'm not a big fan of this kind of artwork. On practically page one I've got a nitpick. They go out of their way to show the Kents now live on a farm way out in the boondocks, yet Lois takes the trashcan out to the curb. When you live in the county you haul your own trash off. Ain't no truck gonna come pick this up. But as I said, that's just nitpicking.My true complaints contain spoilers so Spoile...
  • Charity Tinnin
    (Read as Single Issues) In a darker, more cynical age, it is perhaps more important than ever that Big Blue Boy Scouts remain so ... for they really do have the power to change the world.
  • Adam Graham
    This book collects Issues 20-26 of Superman.The six-part Black Dawn story brings the Kent family's time in Hamilton County as mysteries are unfurled that have been raised throughout the run. The story features the return of an old enemy and also features highlights like Batman and Robin sitting around the dinner table where we learn that Batman doesn't like pie Also, Lois Lane drives the Batmobile. As usual, there's a lot of cool art in the book ...
  • Koen
    Quite liked this story! The ending was rather dull/sappy though :/
  • David
    In the fourth volume of Tomasi and Gleason's run on Superman a lot of the plot threads they had been building up are finally paid off. It begins with relative calm, as Clark and his family enjoy a pleasant evening. Then Batman shows up Damien, questioning why Superboy's powers have not developed further. Because of his unique Kryptonian/human physiology, Batman believes that Jon should be on his way to becoming even more powerful then his father,...
  • M
    Peter J. Tomasi and a crew of artists continue the Rebirth era of Superman with their fourth volume of the Man of Steel. The Kents are enjoying the quiet life of the small town of Hamilton. That peace is shattered after a visit from the Dynamic Duo, who have come to check up on young Jon's growing power set. Concerned over the lack of abilities shown by the boy, Batman goes to investigate - and promptly disappears. This leads the Super Sons to ge...
  • Mark
    I’m still trying to get used to the whole DC Rebirth line going on. It feels like if you miss an issue or collection though that you’ll find yourself lost trying to figure out the changes that have been made which makes it difficult to follow along with the story being told.This time around Superman and Lois are now living in a town called Hamilton. There they are raising their son Jon, the new Superboy. With new powers changing from time to ...
  • Chris
    "This Superman doesn't work in this day and age. The kids outgrew you. You're a much better example as a living embarrassment."Peter Tomasi continues to write a really interesting family for Clark, Lois and Jon. There's a real sense of belonging for these characters. They are exactly where they're supposed to be.I know by next volume they'll be in Metropolis and Hamilton County will be a distant memory, but it's not the location, it's the dynamic...
  • Scott Lee
    This one was pretty good. A four in most aspects. However, there was clearly a past here that I didn't understand. I've been reading comics for a long time, and although I haven't read all that much Superman in that time, I'm pretty familiar with DC and have been actively following DC at least equally with--and at times more than--Marvel for the past fifteen or so. That said, I have never heard of Manchester Black. And Clearly he's some big deal,...
  • Adam Fisher
    Since moving to Hamilton, the Kents have enjoyed a much more peaceful existence. Yet, they still continue to sense something below the surface, something sinister that will show its face before too long. They are right.... but before they begin to investigate, Batman and Robin show up, wanting to discuss the potential future threat of Superboy's growing powers. Not long after the meeting, Batman disappears...Robin vanishes...Jon's friend Kathy ap...
  • Theediscerning
    He's always been a source of trouble, has Superbrat - able to diminish generations of comics history by being, well, shit. But here he is a different kind of trouble, as is a panoply of oddsville characters that aren't what they seem, and a weird Venom-styled gloop. It's a hokum story, padded out to an inordinate six episodes, and still managing to leave some bits of key explanation on the cutting room floor. You'll like as not have to look for a...
  • Sarah
    Seriously... wow. Jon Kent is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, and this volume had him right at it's center. I love the familial themes that inherently come with him, as well as the foils created whenever he's teamed up with Robin (Damian). And this comic was grounded in both of those elements. I also really enjoyed that call-back to (I believe) the iconic story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?" (I haven...
  • Norman Cook
    It's tough to come up with real threats to Superman, and this one isn't an exception, so instead we get more emphasis on Superman's relationships. This volume is an interesting look at Clark Kent's family and how Superman will do anything to keep them safe. The weird townspeople and Kent neighbors aren't what they seem to be, and put Lois and Jon into some real danger. When the big-bad finally appears, it's a mixed bag: on the one hand, he is pow...
  • Jason Stanley
    This was a solid and enjoyable read. It reintroduces the Manchester Black character, who turns out to have a greater role in what has been happening to the Kent family in the Rebirth series. Black intends to corrupt Jon (Superboy) as he had intended to do to Superman. Clark was able to resist Black's persuasive powers. But will Superboy? Batman and Robin come to the Kent Farm because Batman is convinced something is out of order. Which is classic...
  • Nick D
    The humble small town of Hamilton that the Kent's call home turn out to be a sinister ruse full of powerful beings from another dimension. Young Jonathan's powers have been dampened by Kent's neighbor Cobb, who captures Frankenstein and his bride, Batman, Damian, and finally Jon. It's revealed these beings are being manipulated by Manchester Black, a telepath that is dedicated to bringing out the darkness in everything. Manchester is trying to tu...
  • Veronica
    ARC via Netgalley. The art feels a little less polished in this volume -- I can't tell if they changed artists, there's so many people credited on this series, but I missed the beautiful lines from the first two volumes. The storyline is still kind of the kitchen sink of plots and I wish it had focused more on Jon, Damian and Kathy, because that seemed like a really cute story unfolding... maybe there will be another Superboy & Robin teamup in ou...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    I'm really not feeling this run at all. There seems to be more Superboy here than Superman which is getting old. Damien, of course, shows up for quite some time too. I don't like this crossing of the Bat and Supe families. So the story, the bad guys go after John so they can turn him to the dark side and help them in their cause. New found friends turn out to be enemy spies and boy and father end up having to fight each other. Not feeling it. Giv...