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New Super-Man, Vol. 1: Made in China

(New Super-Man #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  818 ratings  ·  167 reviews
#1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang continues his work at DC with New Super-Man, Volume 1, a part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. As the government creates their own Superman, wi
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
This Chinese Superman book was one of the few Rebirth titles that genuinely intrigued me, not least because it featured the only original new character in the entire line - I know that’s deliberate though, that Rebirth is about bringing back classic characters/timelines, etc. So it’s disappointing that New Super-Man follows the Rebirth trend of being unreadable drek.

Kong Kenan is a bully who throws a drinks can at the first of many shitty Chinese villains he happens across. This one incident s
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
** received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this!

This is such an interesting take on Superman!

Kong Kenan is not your typical Clark Kent type because he’s kind of an ass. He starts this book bullying one of his classmates. Of course, we find out later that there’s a little more to why he singled out that classmate in particular but he’s not a nice guy. He’s arrogant, he doesn’t seem to listen to anyone and he’s rude. Yet, when Lixin, the kid he’s bullyi
Stewart Tame
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Kong Kenan lives in Shanghai with his auto mechanic father. He’s hardly hero material, something of a bully even. But, in a chance encounter in which he stands up to a super-villain brings him to the attention of Dr. Omen, a woman bent on creating her own team of heroes. She puts him through a procedure to give him powers, and the New Super-Man is born. But figuring out who the real heroes and villains are isn't easy ...

This was a fun debut. If nothing else, it's nice to read a volume 1 that act
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, comics
Many of my GR buddies hated this book, but I actually thought it was alright. Yes, the concept is derivative, but that is the entire point, and I thought that Gene Yang managed to add enough of a twist to make it feel like an original enough creation. Also, like many others I was bothered by the fact that this Chinese Superman is a kid who's a bully and a dumbass, but by the end of this volume he starts to change, and I think there is enough room for him to improve and develop into an interestin ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kong Kenan is picking on a schoolmate when a supervillain shows up. For whatever reason Kong throws a can of soda at him, knocking the villain senseless. The event is caught on video and he becomes an overnight sensation. This puts him in the sight of Dr. Omen who decides to make him the New Super-Man. So then Kong teams up with the Chinese version of Bat-Man and Wonder Woman to form the Justice League of China. They fight the Freedom Fighters of China repeatedly throughout the first arc. Who re ...more
James DeSantis
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is def one of my fave DC Rebirth titles. Okay so what did I like about it? Let's hit the positives.

The main character is great. He's funny, charming, good (somewhat) and a nice contrast between this Super-man and our Superman.

The chemistry between the main trio (the justice league of china, it's amazing, go with it) is near perfect. Especially by the end you feel these guys are friends, and it's a nice way of building through issue 1-6.

The twist at the end is actually something that caug
Wing Kee
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok

This book rubbed me the wrong way.

World: The art is okay, it's a bit inconsistent but overall it's okay. There's not a lot of motion and the character designs are a bit similar. The world building here...where do I start. I like the idea of an Asian Supes (props for DC to represent and have a Chinese writer on it). The setting is different, and you can tell very much that DC wanted to set this book apart from the Superman norm. However, the world, especially the politics, political climate,
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
What if Superman's origin was that he was a real jerk? That's the case with new Super-man. He is in the process of bullying one of his classmates when he accidentally becomes a hero by saving that same student from a super villain. I really like that the relationships of Super-man get more complex as the story develops, and he has to ask himself who the heroes really are. Where the story falls down is when a group of freedom fighters who want to bring democracy to China betray their ideals to fi ...more
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Part of the DC Rebirth series, featuring a Chinese super-hero and written by Gene Luen Yang!

Tbh, I wasn't super impressed with this, mostly because I didn't like Kenan at all. He was an immature bully and only kinda changed for the better, but not really. I didn't really understand why he was chosen to be the new Superman—particularly if anyone had a single conversation with him—although teasers at the end hint to why he would have been selected. I also wanted more character development with Bat
I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Very corny, and I'm not sure of the "why" of the plot. Just weird, overall, and not in a good way.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, comics

This was better towards the end

May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The premise of this was intriguing, but sadly it did not live up to my expectations. I was excited to read this, since it is a series dedicated to a new and foreign hero with Superman’s powers. However, I was disappointed from the very beginning: the hero, Kenan Kong, was a bully with very little redeeming qualities. They tried to explain why he was a bully much later, but not convincingly. I don’t think this sends out a great message to younger readers either, seeing as a bully receives the gif ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
The worst Rebirth comic that I've read so far. Which is a damn shame, because the premise intrigued me. Superman as a character is very much a product of where and when he landed, and I love the idea of exploring what he would be like if he'd grown up somewhere else. See Superman: Red Son for an excellent take on that very concept. So I was really into the idea of a modern Chinese version of Superman, who couldn't help but be different from middle American Superman. Instead, I get a blandly unli ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: Chinese characters and setting

starting today the three of us have our own protocol Just Fuck Me Up
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally awesome! A whole new super-character with a whole new origin story. Gene Luen Yang is one of my favourite graphic novelists and though his run on the original Superman disappointed me, this new Super-Man of China totally rocks. A fantastic backstory with government and dissident organizations working behind the scenes and members of three new teams whose classification as superheroes or villains is blurry until the end. A spectacular job of introducing an army of new characters but espec ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was really a tough one to review.

Within the first few pages, it’s pretty obvious that Kenan, our protagonist, is a straight up jerk. I accepted that and continued hoping for the turn to occur sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, his redemption came really late in the game, which means the reader is subjected to a longer-than-necessary arc of him delivering corny lines, insults, being a jack ass, arrogant, hitting on anything that’s female with two legs, and charging headlong into troubl
Primo S.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A really great series so far, the main character is funny and charming, he's very different than the Superman we're familiar with, while the side characters (Wonder Woman of China and Bat-man of China) are not as developed, I think we'll get more of them in the later arcs so I'm fine with that. The plot itself has some twists but it's nothing spectacular, so is the art.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story. I was skeptical after 1 issue, but intrigued after 2. I'm not quite hooked yet but I will check out volume 2.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yo. This is one of the best titles in Rebirth. I don't care what anybody says, ITS ONE OF THE BEST.

Gene's writing in this was so funny, vibrant, and realistic. Kenan felt like a child, he acted exactly how you would expect a teenager to act if he were given superpowers and it was great. This trade is lighthearted and fun, has action, and heart.

Kenan is far from being Clark Kent, and that's what makes him such a great character. Honestly he's more Tony Stark than he is Clark Kent. He has Clark'
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
A cute book - more like Superboy than Superman. It was nice to see non-American characters but the story is fairly conventional. Powers are granted to kids who are not ready for it but over the story overcome their basic selfishness to save the day. The real charm of this book is the interaction between the New Justice League of China. The three kids are very cute together. Not necessarily funny as the humour didn’t land for me all the time but I was smiling.

I liked the art mostly but not sure t
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting title from probably the most decorated writer in comics today and a clear departure from traditional super hero comics. Yang takes some real chances here and for the bulk of this collection I wasn't sure it was going to work. This isn't a Chinese re-imagining of Superman ala Red Son. Instead we have a story about the Chinese government building their own Superman and the unlikely young man chosen to have an S on his chest. Yang is interested in asking questions about right ...more
Tom Brennan
As the title says, this new Super-Man comes from China, and is, in fact, created by the Chinese government in its quest for its own Justice League. And to be honest, I was disappointed in the way the story initially unfolded but got on board once things were explained more. In fact, the setting plays an important part in the story, and produced some interesting plot points. So I would give it a two star rating when I first started, but by the time I finished the book, it had earned its five star ...more
Thomas Maluck
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc
3.5 stars, but the art+colors pushed this over the edge.
"Hey, you said the art in Justice League Rebirth Vol. 3 was eye-popping and that only got 3 stars, what's the difference?"
Gene Luen Yang's story is better executed.
Go read both anyway!
4.5 stars

Thought Kenan was an asshole at first. Hopefully he will become nicer. Seemed like he was starting to be. RIP Kenan's father. Is Dr. Omen Kenan's mom?

Can't wait to read All New Superman volume 2!!!!
Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was not a life-changing book, but it was definitely fun!
A light run with fun characters and interesting twists, I couldn't ask for more.
It did remind me of Invincible in a good way.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Page 7. That's where I realized this was going to be something special. Chinese versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman team up to stop a team of supervillains from bringing down the Ministry of Self-Reliance. But who are the actual bad guys?

Gene Luen Yang did something really cool here -- he took all the tropes of Superman (the "LL" characters were an especially nice touch) and he created something that maintains the previous tone while still feeling new and exciting. In short, he wrote a
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a real good series
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best work I've read by Gene Luen Yang since American Born Chinese , and it's almost as complex. Kong Kenan is a thoroughly dislikable character at the beginning, but his growth, minimal as it is over six issues, is part of the story. No one is exactly who we think they are as we learn more over the course of the story, except seemingly for Peng Deilan (Wonder-Woman), easily the most likeable character here, and Wang Baixi (Bat-Man), who are idealistic teens with nothing more hinte ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Repetitive and rambling, with a convoluted plot. Art style ok, but speech placement seemed awkward and misplaced.
Adam Spanos
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
New Super-Man – Made in China collects the first six issues of this new (and actually non-Rebirthed) series.

This book has very little to do with anything in the main DC continuity, as such. It is in the DC universe, and it involves a secretive Chinese organisation that is out to create a Chinese Justice League.

It is played as a comedy, or at least as a fairly light-hearted story (with dark undertones), like a number of current titles, from Marvel moreso than DC, but again, that is not a problem.
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Gene Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. In 1997, he received the Xeric Grant, a prestigious comics industry grant, for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult. He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including Duncan's Kingdom (with art by Derek Kirk Kim) and The Rosary Comic Book. American Born Chinese received National Book Award.


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