Like many people here I genuinely loved the Superman book from Pete Tomasi and Pat Gleason. #1 - 25 (along with the Annual & the Rebirth special), by Tomasi, Gleason, Doug Mahnke, and Jorge Jimenez, is right up there with my favourite Superman runs of all time. I had a few qualms with it here or there, but overall, the whimsical tone of the book, its focus on family, the town of Hamilton, and the ongoing Rebirth mystery were quite brilliant.
However, after #25 (the end of vol 4 in tpb), the series seemed to lose its way. There was no core theme running throughout. There were a lot of fill ins. The overall quality of artwork took a nosedive. I actually dropped it after the anti-climatic ending to “Super Sons of Tomorrow”.
I came back to read Tomasi & Gleason’s final story arc on the book (Superman #42 - 45), and I’m really glad that I did. It was one final “hurrah!” from this creative team, and encapsulated everything I loved about the book in its first year. Beautiful art; fun family dynamics; and a lot of heart. There were a few bits in the last issue that got me right there - “It’s hard to say good-bye, but it’s a great feeling knowing we have been part of something special here.”
I look forward to seeing what Bendis does with the Super-books, but I’m going to be eternally grateful to Jurgens and Tomasi/ Gleason for bringing back my Superman.
Btw, I usually dislike buying variant covers, but I made an exception this time. The Bizarro version of #1’s cover was too cute: