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  • Author's Saving Throw: There were a lot of fans of Superman that were disappointed in the New 52 Superman, especially in how he treated and was treated by Lois Lane, and how his primary relationship was with Wonder Woman. This comic not only brings back the pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois, but shows their deep love for one another, as well as their love for their son, Jonathan.
  • Broken Base: Issues 27 and 28 were the subjects of debate among fans for its patriotic Anvilicious tone. The issues were either a fun and thought-provoking examination of the values Superman attempts to represent in the rapidly changing 21st century or a pointless, boring diversion mired in politics and divisive patriotism. How Lois honored deceased veterans was particularly polarizing due to her backstory as a Military Brat raised by a Jerkass dad.
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    • Fans have been clamoring for Swamp Thing, who appeared once in the Annual issue, to return to the title due to his excellent dialogue with Superman.
    • The Bizarro arc introduce several Darkhorses on its own, but the most popular has to be Bizarro Robin (Damian Wayne) for his hilarious Casanova Wannabe behavior.
  • Fan Nickname: The ending of issue #25 had fans referring to the ending as "Moochester Black".
  • Funny Moments: At the end of the "Black Dawn" storyline, there's an epilogue where a group of psychically controlled teenagers offer Manchester Black — now inhabiting a cow — a cigarette and a light. It's actually played quite sinisterly, suggesting the comatose Black's powers are slowly returning... until the teens shake it off, he loses control of the cow, and they proceed to tip him, complete with a pathetic "moo".
  • Signature Scene:
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    • Jon standing over Krypto's fallen cape after the dog got absorbed by the Eradicator in Superman #3 before falling to his knees, followed by steeling himself, getting to his feet, and readying his Heat Vision while his tears of mourning become Berserker Tears.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Superman #27 features Jon watching a bumper sticker with symbols that represent different religions and faiths. Lois explains that in America, everyone has the right to profess their own faith regardless of difference and that religious freedom is in the Bill of Rights. Given the issue's patriotic tone and the current times of religious intolerance, the message actually works.
  • Tearjerker: Issue #39 has Superman taking terminally ill kids to the Moon to write their names in the moon dust.
    Lateef: This is so cool! Our names will be here forever, right?
    Superman: And ever, Lateef.
    Girl: Can we stay here a little longer, Superman?
    Superman: ... absolutely, kiddo...
    • Earlier, Lateef regrets that his friend Gail died the week before and wasn't around to experience the fun he and the others were having. Superman reassures him "Gail's seeing and doing it through you, Lateef. Through your eyes and heart."
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  • Win Back the Crowd: The Superman books went from one of the lower selling titles (Superman #49 was ranked #44 in monthly sales) to one of the highest selling titles (Rebirth Superman #2 and #3 were ranked #15 and #18 on the monthly sales). The Superman title itself is also considered by many fans and critics to be one of the best books of DC Rebirth, a 180 from The New 52, when it was considered one of the worst. It's clear that the people who didn't enjoy the New 52 depiction of Superman came back in droves for the return of the pre-Flashpoint Superman and his family.


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