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The #1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang continues his first original series at DC with NEW SUPER-MAN VOL. 2! To uncover the truth behind his mother's murder, the New Super-Man must reawaken his full power under the tutelage of the mysterious I-Ching! But as training begins, Kong Kenan's ego isn't the only thing taking a beat The #1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang continues his first original series at DC with NEW SUPER-MAN VOL. 2! To uncover the truth behind his mother's murder, the New Super-Man must reawaken his full power under the tutelage of the mysterious I-Ching! But as training begins, Kong Kenan's ego isn't the only thing taking a beating! Plus, a shocking and deadly betrayal lurks in the shadows of the school that trained the New Bat-Man of China! Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, SUPERMAN) and on-the-rise art star Viktor Bogdanovic (BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT) continue their celebrated run on the hit new series NEW SUPER-MAN. Collects issues #7-12.


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The #1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang continues his first original series at DC with NEW SUPER-MAN VOL. 2! To uncover the truth behind his mother's murder, the New Super-Man must reawaken his full power under the tutelage of the mysterious I-Ching! But as training begins, Kong Kenan's ego isn't the only thing taking a beat The #1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang continues his first original series at DC with NEW SUPER-MAN VOL. 2! To uncover the truth behind his mother's murder, the New Super-Man must reawaken his full power under the tutelage of the mysterious I-Ching! But as training begins, Kong Kenan's ego isn't the only thing taking a beating! Plus, a shocking and deadly betrayal lurks in the shadows of the school that trained the New Bat-Man of China! Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, SUPERMAN) and on-the-rise art star Viktor Bogdanovic (BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT) continue their celebrated run on the hit new series NEW SUPER-MAN. Collects issues #7-12.

30 review for Coming to America - DC Universe Rebirth

  1. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    At one point Kenan goes "What the hell is actually happening here?" and that's how I felt a lot of the time reading this. New Super-man is basically about a boy who gets the powers similar to Superman but is located in China. Soon after he meets the Bat-man and Wonder Woman of China. They form the Justice League of China! Volume 2 goes into Bat-man's training and how he became who he is. Also his arch villain which is kind of tragic. We also get a little bit more about Wonder Woman and her twist At one point Kenan goes "What the hell is actually happening here?" and that's how I felt a lot of the time reading this. New Super-man is basically about a boy who gets the powers similar to Superman but is located in China. Soon after he meets the Bat-man and Wonder Woman of China. They form the Justice League of China! Volume 2 goes into Bat-man's training and how he became who he is. Also his arch villain which is kind of tragic. We also get a little bit more about Wonder Woman and her twist is a tad fucked up. Also Kenan begins his training to learn how to control and summon his powers. We also get Superman Zero? Which still confuses me but regardless he's like a villain/hero. What I liked: The art is still well done, with colorful scenes every page, and good emotion played out on each character. I thought Kenan remained fun, and still kind of a ass, but in all the right ways. Certain moments really worked like the racing of The Flash of China (even though she's American) and then Kenan using his powers again and also the ending was great. I also enjoyed Bat-man story and his twist ending to his villain. What I didn't like: The book is really confusing at points. Going very very mystical route can be a bit much. I also thought the pacing was oddly structure. Lots of stuff happens, then slow, very slow, then BIG fight out of nowhere. I also not sold on the "big bads" or "Shield" type hero/villain organization. Overall this was a tad wonkier than volume 1 and a bit more confusing. However, when it works, it has a lot of charm. I really enjoy the entire Justice League and their story and hope the story continues to build into something special.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    The book is a bit of a mess. A lot of it feels directionless with very little happening. The main character is a little too much douchey bro for me. I really didn't like how this ended in the middle of a story. The volumes could have been broken up better as it was two 2 issues stories and then a 2+ issue story with a revelation I saw coming back in volume 1. I do like that Yang brought in I-Ching. The art is really good. I liked that they are bringing Chinese mythology into the book. The series The book is a bit of a mess. A lot of it feels directionless with very little happening. The main character is a little too much douchey bro for me. I really didn't like how this ended in the middle of a story. The volumes could have been broken up better as it was two 2 issues stories and then a 2+ issue story with a revelation I saw coming back in volume 1. I do like that Yang brought in I-Ching. The art is really good. I liked that they are bringing Chinese mythology into the book. The series has the potential to be really good and bring something unique to the DC universe.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Still a mess of a book but some very interesting ideas that tickled my Chineseness. World: The art has been solid so far, good facial expressions but not a lot of sense of motion. But I do wish there was more detail in the character designs as sometimes they look a bit alike. The world building is the best thing and also the most frustrating thing about the book. The ideas of Tai Chi, the Chinese fable, and the Bagua and Qi aspects are fantastic. That's what I said in my last review, this part of Still a mess of a book but some very interesting ideas that tickled my Chineseness. World: The art has been solid so far, good facial expressions but not a lot of sense of motion. But I do wish there was more detail in the character designs as sometimes they look a bit alike. The world building is the best thing and also the most frustrating thing about the book. The ideas of Tai Chi, the Chinese fable, and the Bagua and Qi aspects are fantastic. That's what I said in my last review, this part of the DCU can't be the Chinese version of Western Superheroes, it has to be the Chinese portion if he DCU as there is already so much rich lore and things to pick from Chinese culture. I will say that I am still fairly iffy with the portrayal of the Chinese Government here as I find it a bit pandering and not at all giving us a realistic look at China, it's been sanitized. The worst part of the world building is also the off hand every now and then stereotypes about Chinese people that makes me feel that the writers has not actually lived in China for any real extended period of time and only has the stereotypes about a Chinese people to work with (yes I know he's Chinese). Story: Three stories that are fun and interesting in concept but really needs some editing. It's choppy it's tone is all over the place, it's not all written. It feels like there are a lot of great ideas there and they are all thrown at the wall to see what sticks. Are we going full Chinese or are we going Western wannabe Chinese. Just go all in with Chinese please. The story is all over the place and I can see Western readers being lost in the lore. Characters: Kenan is still very annoying. I don't mind flawed characters but I care about annoying characters and he's annoying. I liked the friends a lot. The reveal of Wonder Woman was great. I-Ching is good. I a, not a fan of how Luthor was portrayed here and also Superman Zero was stupid. This was a book of extremes. One side are these amazing Chinese ideas that are great. The other side is the bad writing, racial stereotypes and sanitization of China. Onward to the next book! *read single issues*

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Library Ladies

    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) It’s been awhile, but we’re diving back into graphic novels. I neglected to check back in on the “New Super-Man” stories by Gene Luen Yang for a long time, and by the time I did there were two volumes out, much to my excitement (and guilt that I’d waited so long). I know that while I am a DC Fan Girl I tend to come down on them when it comes to their Rebirth on going series, but “New Super-Man” is one that I’ve greatly enjoyed with little to no co (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com ) It’s been awhile, but we’re diving back into graphic novels. I neglected to check back in on the “New Super-Man” stories by Gene Luen Yang for a long time, and by the time I did there were two volumes out, much to my excitement (and guilt that I’d waited so long). I know that while I am a DC Fan Girl I tend to come down on them when it comes to their Rebirth on going series, but “New Super-Man” is one that I’ve greatly enjoyed with little to no complaints. I chalk that up to Gene Luen Yang being excellent, but also to DC being willing to give him the room and trust to tell the story he wants to tell in the way he wants to tell it. When we last saw our flawed but intrepid hero Kong Kenan, China’s answer to Superman in the Justice League of China, has lost his father, and wants to know who killed his parents (as he was told his mother died in a plane crash years before). I was definitely anxious to see where Yang was going to take his characters, as not only are we following Kenan, but also Wang Baixi (Bat-Man), and Peng Delian (Wonder-Woman), both of whom I had grown QUITE fond of. I don’t know what took me so damn long to get back to this series, because the moment I picked up “New Super-Man (Vol.2): Coming to America” I was yanked right back into this creative and deeply engrossing world that Yang has created. Kenan remains incredibly flawed, which is a really intriguing counterpart to the original Superman, as Clark is basically a boy scout. Now he’s driven by grief and the need to find out who has destroyed his family, and his impulsiveness is more understandable, but also amped up. What I think is MOST interesting about Kenan as a protagonist is that he isn’t terribly likable, but you root for him anyway, and you get to see him evolve into a better person. In this series he has to tamper down his impulsiveness and start to train to try and tap into all of his powers, and his impatience is in direct conflict with that training. It’s going to be quite the journey for him. Especially since he’s going to learn some disturbing and hard truths about what ACTUALLY happened to his mother, and then later his father. We ended on a HUGE cliffhanger in this regard, and it will be VERY interesting to see where this is going to go from here. We also get to see some new information about Baixi and how he became Bat-Man. Turns out, he was part of an extensive training program, as he was picked the best choice from a number of candidates who were also training. Going back to that group proves to be a bit more confrontational that Baixi anticipated. I really enjoyed learning more about his home life, especially about his relationship with his little sister Jiali, who serves as a foil that I am REALLY hoping we see more of. But it’s Delian’s story that reiterates the uniqueness of this series. A fair amount of Delian’s background, like Diana’s, is based in folklore and mythology (though this time Chinese as opposed to Greek). I don’t really want to spoil it, but what I will say is that it takes influence from the Legend of the White Snake. The parallels of origins for Delian to her counterpart was a really neat surprise, given that Kenan and Baixi have very different origins to theirs, and it made her feel all the more special as a character. Using this myth is just one of the ways that Yang brings forth and showcases the Chinese culture, bringing a voice and representation to readers who have grown up within it. At the same time he makes this culture and experience accessible and relatable to those who have not grown up within it, and does it by blending it in with a somewhat familiar superhero story. That is why to me “New Super-Man” is one of the most important titles that DC has going on right now, because lord knows comics need more representation. On top of the original content, in this collection The Justice League of China finds itself intermingling with familiar faces and places. That’s right, mega businessman and always shady Lex Luthor has entered into the picture, cozying up to The Justice League of China and taking advantage of Kenan’s vulnerable emotional state. God that Lex is such a bastard but I’m always SO happy to see him. And not only that. We go to Metropolis, which means we get a cameo from Superman himself!!! Seeing Clark and Kenan interact was such a joy, as Kenan is a total fan boy and Clark is ever so kind and patient. “New Super-Man: Coming to America” keeps this unique and compelling series on a steady and satisfying path, and if you haven’t already checked it out I implore you to do so. Gene Luen Yang is a treasure and this series needs to be spared from hasty decisions that DC tends to make with the titles that I find most important.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam Spanos

    New Super-Man Volume 2 (New Super-Man - Rebirth) collects issues #7-12 of this series, and although there are Amazon listings for issues up to #16, there is no sign of a collected volume 3… This excellent volume continues the storylines from the first volume, with Kong Kenan still trying to develop his powers, this time with the help of I-Ching (the old character who helped Diana Prince back in the day when she was unpowered). We see more of the back-stories of the Chinese Bat-Man and Wonder Woma New Super-Man Volume 2 (New Super-Man - Rebirth) collects issues #7-12 of this series, and although there are Amazon listings for issues up to #16, there is no sign of a collected volume 3… This excellent volume continues the storylines from the first volume, with Kong Kenan still trying to develop his powers, this time with the help of I-Ching (the old character who helped Diana Prince back in the day when she was unpowered). We see more of the back-stories of the Chinese Bat-Man and Wonder Woman, and Lex Luthor pays a visit to Shanghai, leading to a field-trip to Metropolis… There are mysteries revealed and secrets uncovered, a cliff-hanger ending, and a villain who was on the cover of Detective Comics #1! This is just an out-and-out entertaining comic, with a lout as its main lead character. This volume has a good story, excellent art and scripting, and interesting and entertaining characters. I do hope that it continues.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Better than the first but still not a great book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    So I'm still enjoying this one. Kenan is a kid, but a more believably human kid who actually acts like a teenager as opposed to a kid who is morally extraordinary as are most of the DC teen characters. I mean honestly, forget the brains, incredible athleticism, etc. how many kids as teen agers have the moral compass and strength of character to act like Tim Drake, and Dick Grayson, and so many of these characters do? They're idealized. And it works. I like most of them, REALLY like a lot of them So I'm still enjoying this one. Kenan is a kid, but a more believably human kid who actually acts like a teenager as opposed to a kid who is morally extraordinary as are most of the DC teen characters. I mean honestly, forget the brains, incredible athleticism, etc. how many kids as teen agers have the moral compass and strength of character to act like Tim Drake, and Dick Grayson, and so many of these characters do? They're idealized. And it works. I like most of them, REALLY like a lot of them. But I also appreciate the fact that most teens wouldn't take the Peter Parker route and decide that with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, or to be more appropriately DC, to grow up Superman and not, oh, I don't know, try to take over the high school. That said, the fact that Kenan isn't always immediately heroic is a nice change. The fact that he spends most of his time acting like a bit of a punk--which is how most real teenagers with any ability a bit above average (and even more without [or who believe they're without] any abilities above average) behave--works for me. So I like the character, and Yang does a good job of growing the plot from the characters. Even when they are having stuff happen to them that isn't a product of who/what they are or what they're doing, the characterization makes the events about what's happening to them, rather than just random events that need punching. I like the similarities and the clear differences between these characters and their namesakes as well. I hope that continues. I like that they're not just clones of the American equivalents.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    The pacing in this second volume of New Super-Man is a bit off, but that's pretty typical of the genre. There's mystery, betrayal, and backstory in these pages! The most interesting bit deals with where Wonder Woman came from... definitely an interesting mythical story that is completely different from the original Wondy. Batman has his own unique, tragic backstory playing out as well, and it's interesting to see Yang have this one feature a living family. We also meet Chinese Flash and I must a The pacing in this second volume of New Super-Man is a bit off, but that's pretty typical of the genre. There's mystery, betrayal, and backstory in these pages! The most interesting bit deals with where Wonder Woman came from... definitely an interesting mythical story that is completely different from the original Wondy. Batman has his own unique, tragic backstory playing out as well, and it's interesting to see Yang have this one feature a living family. We also meet Chinese Flash and I must admit I rather love her already! All in all, tonnes of stuff is happening, American heroes and villains are jumping into the mix, and this remains a rather novel book from DC. If you are not a superhero comic fan, this is not going to win you over, but for people into the singles and whatnot, this is a nice edition to the offerings from one of the big two publishers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    I admit that as much as I've grown to enjoy and appreciate graphic novels, sometimes the format still confuses me. (Am I reading the panels in the correct sequence? Did I read the dialogue in the proper order?) That happened to me a few times with this volume. And there was just too many things happening that I almost got whiplash trying to make sense of sequences and events! But, I love what Gene Yang is doing with the series. I can't imagine how much more amazing the series could be if certain I admit that as much as I've grown to enjoy and appreciate graphic novels, sometimes the format still confuses me. (Am I reading the panels in the correct sequence? Did I read the dialogue in the proper order?) That happened to me a few times with this volume. And there was just too many things happening that I almost got whiplash trying to make sense of sequences and events! But, I love what Gene Yang is doing with the series. I can't imagine how much more amazing the series could be if certain plotlines were explained better!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Well, I’m confused re: the ISBN and Goodreads records. But this was a fun issue and having Kenan meet not only a new training master but his idol once more was entertaining. Likewise, having a rival of sorts in Avery (who might be my new favorite) added another dimension to the Justice League of China. Will definitely continue, but that was an irksome cliffhanger!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Florida

    I'm a huge Gene Luen Yang and will enjoy anything he writes. This has been fun. I'm a huge Gene Luen Yang and will enjoy anything he writes. This has been fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    As if it wasn't bad enough that there's a knock off, Chinese Superman, now there's a knock off, Chinese Justice League. It's shameless pandering to the Asian markets is what this is. The only redeeming feature of the book is the whale of a twist at the end of it. As if it wasn't bad enough that there's a knock off, Chinese Superman, now there's a knock off, Chinese Justice League. It's shameless pandering to the Asian markets is what this is. The only redeeming feature of the book is the whale of a twist at the end of it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    This review covers all four volumes of New Super-Man, since I read them all in quick succession. Kong Kenan is probably the most unlikeable protagonist since Amazing Spider-Man's Alpha. For the first five or so issues of the series, he's an insufferable git, and I did wonder if I was going to enjoy the book. But his superhero origin really kicks into gear, and the metamorphosis is both subtle and drastic. The shift in his demeanour, in the way he deals with his situations, goes through such a cha This review covers all four volumes of New Super-Man, since I read them all in quick succession. Kong Kenan is probably the most unlikeable protagonist since Amazing Spider-Man's Alpha. For the first five or so issues of the series, he's an insufferable git, and I did wonder if I was going to enjoy the book. But his superhero origin really kicks into gear, and the metamorphosis is both subtle and drastic. The shift in his demeanour, in the way he deals with his situations, goes through such a change that's very well executed by writer Gene Luen Yang, so that by the time the book ended, I was really invested in Kenan's story. The story itself expands well as it goes on. From humble(ish) beginnings, Kenan's journey from asshole to true superhero, as well as the expansion of the Justice League of China, and the revelations surrounding Kenan's parents, all feel like proper stepping stones for a new superhero, and the stakes get gradually higher without losing the personal connection to Kenan specifically. There are some nice Rebirth links, including some stuff from the end of the New 52 era like The Final Days Of Superman, as well as a Superman Reborn tie-in issue, and the addition of Avery Ho (from Flash's Rebirth title) as the Flash for the JLC helps ensure that Kenan is a part of the DC Universe, rather than just sitting off to the side. And Superman himself shows up a few times, as well as the JLA. The first 18 issues feel like one big origin story, and then the final trade is like a new beginning, building off of the first three and striking out in a new direction as the JLC tries to establish itself alone. I feel like there were a lot more stories to be told here, but the way Yang manages to wrap everything up by the end of issue 24 is satisfying enough that I didn't feel like we'd been left out to dry. I really enjoyed how Yang crafted the world of New Super-Man - we learn a little about how China is set-up, and the politics surrounding its superhero community, as well as some insights into Chinese culture too. It's undoubtably there, and it gives the book a unique feel, but it's not so thrust in your face that it detracts from the superheroics at all - so you can learn things, and have them explode too! Yang also has Kenan's powers work in a different way to Superman's, tying them into his heritage and a traditional Chinese way of thinking that I think helps him continue to grow over all 24 issues - just when he thinks he's got a handle on it, some new wrinkle appears that keeps Kenan learning. The book begins with art by Viktor Bogdanovic, or Greg Capullo-lite, which establishes a gritty side to the book. Billy Tan draws the majority of volumes 2 and 3 though, and his art is much sleeker, and actually seems to suit the book more. Brent Peeples takes the book over the finish line though, with some more standard superheroic visuals, but I definitely think Tan was the most impressive of the bunch by a mile. New Super-Man was a surprisingly fun book; the main character feels fully formed and interesting, going through a real metamorphosis, and the world that he inhabits feels as much a part of the DCU as it does its own thing. The art's fairly consistent although better at certain points than others, which is to be expected across 24 issues. I do hope we continue to see Kenan, and characters like him, across the DCU in the future, especially if they're pulled off this well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    This is the second volume of a fun series in which this volume collects issues 7 through 12. One of the big reason why I enjoyed this series is because this is different than the typical Superman: While the writing of this book is in English this New Superman is ethnically Chinese. I love the Asian cultural flavor to the story; it is unique in a stimulating way while not being so Chinese or Asian where non-Chinese readers would not understand what is going on or turned off. I thought this reflec This is the second volume of a fun series in which this volume collects issues 7 through 12. One of the big reason why I enjoyed this series is because this is different than the typical Superman: While the writing of this book is in English this New Superman is ethnically Chinese. I love the Asian cultural flavor to the story; it is unique in a stimulating way while not being so Chinese or Asian where non-Chinese readers would not understand what is going on or turned off. I thought this reflected the skill of the author Gene Yang a Chinese American computer science teacher turn comic book writer. He is among my top five favorite comic book writer. Volume two picks up the story left off in volume one. Here the new superman is a young man name Kong Kenan. In the beginning of the volume Kong has just been recognized for his heroism along with two other superheroes but during the ceremony his mind wanders off as he wonder about the whereabouts of his mom and dad who at various times in volume one Kong is led to believe that they are not dead but still alive. There are several things going on in this volume, with Kong’s question about his parents being a dominating theme in Kong’s mind while the ministry of self-reliance sends Kong and his teammates on various assignments or have their own battles to face. Among the adventures in this volume include a trip to America, and a battle back in China against a large beast (I don’t want to give too much away in this review, hence the Wikipedia styled summary). I thought this second volume was able to explore the characters more than the first volume was able to accomplish. Kong Kenan is a character that at times is uncertain about himself while also suffering from the folly of youth such as arrogance, impatience and the overall need of wisdom. Kong has also another disadvantage than the regular superman in that his power comes and goes and he still hasn’t figured out how to have certain traditional traits of Superman such as the ability to fly and retaining superhuman strength. I thought these deficiencies added to the strength of the volume in that the writer gives us a human superman, one who is more interesting. At certain times though Kong gets a little too immature. But in general he is a likeable character. Earlier in volume one we are introduced to the Bat-Man and the Wonder Woman of China and here in volume two readers learn more of their background, how they joined the ministry of self-reliance and their struggles. That was fun to read. I appreciated that Yang is able to tell the story without resorting to profanities, excessive violence or sexual immorality. I thought the writer Gene Yang was able to make readers be conscious of this when the real superman shows up in the story and talks to Kong and Kong was amazed that Superman either passed up on an opportunity to make a possible improper joke or it didn’t even occurred to him. I really appreciate that of Yang, in that he is able to tell a good story without having to make it “dark.” Again that is a refreshing contrast to the direction of many comics and series. Volume two ends with a great cliff hanger and revelation that definitely makes me look forward to volume three.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints New Super-Man #7-12 (March 2017-August 2017). There is something evil in the Ministry of Self-Reliance and Kenan Kong is out to find out what. With Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman working with him to uncover who destroyed his family, Kenan must begin learning how to unlock his abilities with the help of a trainer named I-Ching. With Lex Luthor taking an extreme interest in Kenan, Kenan finds himself on an international trip…but the truth about his parents could be revealed! Written by Gene Luen Reprints New Super-Man #7-12 (March 2017-August 2017). There is something evil in the Ministry of Self-Reliance and Kenan Kong is out to find out what. With Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman working with him to uncover who destroyed his family, Kenan must begin learning how to unlock his abilities with the help of a trainer named I-Ching. With Lex Luthor taking an extreme interest in Kenan, Kenan finds himself on an international trip…but the truth about his parents could be revealed! Written by Gene Luen Yang, New Super-Man Volume 2: Coming to America is a DC Comics Rebirth title. Following New Super-Man Volume 1: Made in China, the collection features art by Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic. I was excited about New Super-Man. Not only does the title make sense (having superheroes would essentially be an arms race between countries), but the character of Kenan is different than many “heroes”. While starting out completely unlikable, New Super-Man is trying to create a hero from scratch. The story feels a bit more like old comic books than some of the other books on the market. The stories are broken into two issue storylines with major plots that run the course of the series. With more comics going for less individual issues and greater “big stories”, it is nice to have more of these quick building-block type stories. The second nice thing about New Super-Man is the parallels. Because it is rooted in the DC Universe, it doesn’t feel like a knock-off of the Superman character so much. Kenan is very different from Clark Kent on the surface, but there are similarities and it is interesting to see how a different culture might explore the idea of Superman (aka Kenan’s ties to I-Ching and finding his chi instead of “training” to be hero in the Western superhero mode). I also like that New Super-Man isn’t afraid to go into stereotypes, legends, and myths of China with an honest approach. You have the classically racist Chin Lung as a player but the racism is explained and the character is expanded upon to put it in context. The same is true with I-Ching, and they are both done in a way that doesn’t feel like they are dishonoring the original comics or the culture. New Super-Man is by no means a perfect comic, but it is a fun comic. I like that DC is trying something different with it and that it is an honest attempt to try to give the readers something new. With a semi “bombshell” at the end (it was easy for the reader to see coming even if Kenan didn’t), it is worth seeking out the next volume. New Super-Man 2: Coming to America is followed by New Super-Man 3: Equilibrium.

  16. 4 out of 5

    M

    Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan continue the saga of the New Super-Man with their second volume. With the onset of the Lunar New Year, the Justice League of China gets an opportunity for some quality down time. Kong Kenan heads to America with Lex Luthor to determine a way to fully restore his erratic powers. Along with new sensei I-Ching, Kenan discovers a gateway to the underworld that holds a Superman-like power. While Luthor looks to exploit that power, a terrorist cell called China White arriv Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan continue the saga of the New Super-Man with their second volume. With the onset of the Lunar New Year, the Justice League of China gets an opportunity for some quality down time. Kong Kenan heads to America with Lex Luthor to determine a way to fully restore his erratic powers. Along with new sensei I-Ching, Kenan discovers a gateway to the underworld that holds a Superman-like power. While Luthor looks to exploit that power, a terrorist cell called China White arrives to sabotage the entire event. When Super-Man returns home, with a new Flash in tow, the JLC must contend with an invading beast, Wonder-Woman's true origins, and the secret prototype dubbed Super-Man Zero. Gene Luen Yang begins to add some depth to his new characters with this second collection. Kenan becomes more tempered, Bat-Man shows a hidden strength, and a brand-new Flash adds some much-needed humor to the cast. However, the book feels at its best when focusing on the entire team as opposed to the titular character. The art from Billy Tan is also hit-or-miss; the comical, almost rubbery faces detract from the attempts to create a well-rounded story with engaging characters. New Super-Man: Coming to America is felling less like a Chinese import and more like a DC superhero book proper.

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.

    The New Super-Man continues to be one of my favorite series in the DC Rebirth line-up. Not only is he one of the few Asian heroes headlining his own title, but Gene Yang does a great job of pulling Chinese mythology and culture into his story lines. In this volume Kenan learns to expand on his powers by activating his Chi. He has a brush (thanks to Lex Luthor) with the Chinese Spiritual Underworld. And we learn about the Chinese Wonder Woman's background, and how she's essentially a character out The New Super-Man continues to be one of my favorite series in the DC Rebirth line-up. Not only is he one of the few Asian heroes headlining his own title, but Gene Yang does a great job of pulling Chinese mythology and culture into his story lines. In this volume Kenan learns to expand on his powers by activating his Chi. He has a brush (thanks to Lex Luthor) with the Chinese Spiritual Underworld. And we learn about the Chinese Wonder Woman's background, and how she's essentially a character out of a Chinese fable. On top of that, Chinese-American Avery Ho joins the Justice League of China as The Flash. She's a fun daredevil like character who rivals Kenan in recklessness. I really enjoy the story that Yang is telling here and how he has woven Chinese mythology so seamlessly into a superhero saga. I can't wait to see what comes next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    The time has come for Kenan to embrace his nature as Super-Man and gain all his abilities. To do that, he must learn to harness his Qi, and that means getting a trainer. Master I-Ching offers to help, and accompanies Kenan on his first trip to America. Lex Luthor needs his help to open gates to a hellish realm, but this power play will ultimately be stopped when Superman gets involved. Unlocking his super hearing, X-Ray vision and Super Speed helps (especially when trying to race the JLC's Flash) The time has come for Kenan to embrace his nature as Super-Man and gain all his abilities. To do that, he must learn to harness his Qi, and that means getting a trainer. Master I-Ching offers to help, and accompanies Kenan on his first trip to America. Lex Luthor needs his help to open gates to a hellish realm, but this power play will ultimately be stopped when Superman gets involved. Unlocking his super hearing, X-Ray vision and Super Speed helps (especially when trying to race the JLC's Flash) but how will Kenan come out against the China White Triad, a sorceror-turned- Kaiju, and Super-Man Zero? Secrets end the Volume. Wonder Woman is not what she ssssssssssseemsssssss.... and Dr. Omen is Kenan's mom!??! Much greater Volume than the last. Hope it continues on this upward spiral. Recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ElphaReads

    Gene Luen Yang continues to his creative and engaging New Super-Man story in volume 2! I love so much about this series, from our flawed protagonist Kong Kenan to his friends and colleagues Wang Baixi (Bat-Man) and Wonder-Woman (Peng Deilan), to the mythology that Yang has centered within his version of Shanghai. In this volume we get a little more background on both Baixi and Deilan, and explore the dynamics of the Qi as it is related to how Kenan and his friends tap into their powers. It's one Gene Luen Yang continues to his creative and engaging New Super-Man story in volume 2! I love so much about this series, from our flawed protagonist Kong Kenan to his friends and colleagues Wang Baixi (Bat-Man) and Wonder-Woman (Peng Deilan), to the mythology that Yang has centered within his version of Shanghai. In this volume we get a little more background on both Baixi and Deilan, and explore the dynamics of the Qi as it is related to how Kenan and his friends tap into their powers. It's one of the most unique takes on superheroes that DC is putting out there right now, and I expected nothing less of Gene Luen Yang, to be honest. There are also special cameos from both Lex Luthor and Superman himself! I cannot wait to pick up the next one, as Yang is effortlessly laying out his mythology and story at the perfect pace.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mouse

    What a weird book!?!? I'm still not sure what the Hell I read?!?! This seems to have come out of nowhere? Chinese Superman? Chinese Batman? Chinese Wonder Woman? Chinese Flash? Then they form the Justice League of China? Can't the regular Justice League sue them? Lol Then there's another Chinese Superman, but he's Superman Zero, but he becomes Emperor Superman? And Chinese Wonder Woman is a giant snake? And Chinese Batman is 3rd rate and not even the best in his class and he's fat??? Chinese Sup What a weird book!?!? I'm still not sure what the Hell I read?!?! This seems to have come out of nowhere? Chinese Superman? Chinese Batman? Chinese Wonder Woman? Chinese Flash? Then they form the Justice League of China? Can't the regular Justice League sue them? Lol Then there's another Chinese Superman, but he's Superman Zero, but he becomes Emperor Superman? And Chinese Wonder Woman is a giant snake? And Chinese Batman is 3rd rate and not even the best in his class and he's fat??? Chinese Superman actually calls him "tubby" at some point? Then there's I-Ching who is one of the worst, most confusing, and sort of racist characters ever created. How does any of this seem like a good idea? Well...the art is good...so there's that!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Kong Kenan and the new Justice League of China have some more adventures that mostly amount to team building. Kenan goes to America and has an adventure involving the original Superman and Lex Luthor, recruits a Flash to the JLC, and learns the true origin of his teammate Wonder-Woman. But, it turns out there was another Super-Man before Kenan, and Kenan has to still unlock many of his powers with the help of his new sensei I-Ching. I rather like this series. It's fun, not too serious, and starte Kong Kenan and the new Justice League of China have some more adventures that mostly amount to team building. Kenan goes to America and has an adventure involving the original Superman and Lex Luthor, recruits a Flash to the JLC, and learns the true origin of his teammate Wonder-Woman. But, it turns out there was another Super-Man before Kenan, and Kenan has to still unlock many of his powers with the help of his new sensei I-Ching. I rather like this series. It's fun, not too serious, and started delving deep into Chinese mysticism and mythology. It's different as a result, but still very familiar.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Giving this series a second chance after hating the first volume. My biggest problem was there was that I absolutely hated Kenan. I still don't like him, but he's become slightly less than completely awful here. I'm also starting to like the supporting cast. Bringing in Chinese mythology and folklore was an excellent choice, but the book overall still feels kind of disjointed and unfocused. When it works, it's really good. When it doesn't, it's confused at best. Giving this series a second chance after hating the first volume. My biggest problem was there was that I absolutely hated Kenan. I still don't like him, but he's become slightly less than completely awful here. I'm also starting to like the supporting cast. Bringing in Chinese mythology and folklore was an excellent choice, but the book overall still feels kind of disjointed and unfocused. When it works, it's really good. When it doesn't, it's confused at best.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Will Brown

    I wish they stayed a little more consistent with character designs, but otherwise the art is still great and I think this volume does a much better job than the last volume establishing the world and exploring the rest of the cast. The book also does a great job expanding on Kenans powers and how they work in the context of Chinese mythology. If your looking for a different flavored superhero book this is the title to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    While it's really hard for Kong Kenan to live up to all of Clark Kent's glory, I do like this story. I'm really interested in where the mystery is going with his parents, and I love seeing the differences between the heroes here and the ones we're used to. Mythology isn't unheard of in mainstream comics, but it's really great to see lesser-represented cultures take the front seat. I do hope we see more of Kenan and the JLC in the future. While it's really hard for Kong Kenan to live up to all of Clark Kent's glory, I do like this story. I'm really interested in where the mystery is going with his parents, and I love seeing the differences between the heroes here and the ones we're used to. Mythology isn't unheard of in mainstream comics, but it's really great to see lesser-represented cultures take the front seat. I do hope we see more of Kenan and the JLC in the future.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    This continues to be a fun read. Familiar names with different faces seems to be a good catch when its tied into a compelling story, and interesting characters to follow. Oh, and the light mysteries. You don't need to scratch your head to figure out what's going on, and as much as I love complicated storylines, New Super-Man's simplicity is one of its strengths. This continues to be a fun read. Familiar names with different faces seems to be a good catch when its tied into a compelling story, and interesting characters to follow. Oh, and the light mysteries. You don't need to scratch your head to figure out what's going on, and as much as I love complicated storylines, New Super-Man's simplicity is one of its strengths.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kian

    Quite enjoyable as a "Chinese" version of Super-Man. Inventive re-imagining of other heroes like Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman as well. RobinBot is especially amusing. The cleverly inserted Chinese philosophical and mythical elements might fly over the heads of non-Chinese though. Quite enjoyable as a "Chinese" version of Super-Man. Inventive re-imagining of other heroes like Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman as well. RobinBot is especially amusing. The cleverly inserted Chinese philosophical and mythical elements might fly over the heads of non-Chinese though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Solid continuation of the series with enough variation on the main familiar main characters to keep it interesting in the new cultural setting without overly relying on established figures to carry the storytelling load.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I like this series. It's got some interesting ideas going on, and it's fun. I haven't actually talked myself into buying the monthly book on a regular basis, but I'll likely pick up more of it (in trades or back issues) if I see it on sale. I like this series. It's got some interesting ideas going on, and it's fun. I haven't actually talked myself into buying the monthly book on a regular basis, but I'll likely pick up more of it (in trades or back issues) if I see it on sale.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Kazimer

    In order for this series to really mean anything, the author had to do one thing. And what is that thing? Avoiding main-stay Justice League characters and villains. And did he do that? Absolutely not. So much for creating unique and original characters. Overall, a 1/5.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    Gene Luen Yang's handling of the DC Universe is excellent. Superman meets Superman as Lex Luthor enters the picture, secrets are revealed, and the Batman of China finds out the hard way about gaining an arch enemy. This was really cool stuff. Gene Luen Yang's handling of the DC Universe is excellent. Superman meets Superman as Lex Luthor enters the picture, secrets are revealed, and the Batman of China finds out the hard way about gaining an arch enemy. This was really cool stuff.

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