Warning: This post contains spoilers.
Disclaimer: This post is solely my opinion. Superman, Superboy, Lois Lane, Mxy and Oz are all properties of DC Comics/ Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Publisher: DC Comics
Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Christian Alamy,
Trever Scott & Will Quintana
Letters by: Rob Leigh
It has been a long and wild ride but after a month of mayhem the Superman Reborn event finally reaches its conclusion. Now the only question is does the end of the story satisfy, or leave readers wanting?
The issue starts off with Mxy accusing Superman and co of being cheaters, meanwhile Jon is happy to see his parents again until he realizes that they no longer recognize or have any memory of him. Mxy tells Jon that is because all he did was redo the damage that the mysterious force that has been manipulating the universe had done. Superman begins to fight with Mxy and meanwhile two blue energy orbs float towards Jon. Realizing these contain the essence of his versions of Lois and Clark he uses their power to help fight off the evil imp and then tries his best to get Lois and Clark to remember him. Because of this the blue energy representing Jons parents and the red energy representing the Nu52 era of Superman and Lois are able to merge into one fixing the damage done to the timeline and restoring Jon’s parents to him. Meanwhile in another place far away the mysterious Oz watches the event and seems to be pleased by it, he is happy that the two sides of Superman were able to merge with one another and help reconcile his fractured timeline, though he wonders how long the mysterious force that fractured the DC Universe’s timeline in the first place will allow this to stand.
In terms of story the fourth and final part of Superman Reborn is indeed a satisfying end to the story, giving us some fast paced action like in parts one and three but still managing to fit enough story in to satisfy the reader. Having the two halves of Superman that represent the Pre-Flashpoint and Nu52 timelines act as a call back to the electric red and blue Superman stories from the late 90’s is a nice touch and using that to help reconcile and Merge all of Superman’s history together into one single incarnation was pretty solid move and from a narrative standpoint was probably the most logical way to go in terms of satisfying fans of both the classic and modern incarnations of the character. The dialogue is also spot on and it was nice to finally see Oz again at the end. If I did have any negative critiques it would be that I wish such an important story had given us more answers to the greater mystery of Rebirth as opposed to just more teases, but for what we got it was a satisfying read overall and has me eager to see what Jurgens current run on Action has in store for us in the future.
In terms of art Mahnke’s work remains solid overall with only a couple of awkward facial expressions here and there and Quintana’s colors give the book that classic meets modern feel the Rebirth tiles are going for. The inks do feel a bit too light or too heavy at times but this by no means takes away from the art or story as a whole.
Overall part four of Superman Reborn is a satisfying end to an event that kept readers on their toes the entire time, even if some parts were more enjoyable than others.
Story: 8 out of 10
Art 7.5 out of 10
Overall: 8 out of 10