Superman #5 Review

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Posted August 17, 2016 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: Peter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason

Art by: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza & Wil Quintana

Publisher: DC Comics

When I saw the Eradicator on the cover of Superman #5, I groaned. Audibly. It was a loud groan. My face contorted into a cringe. These are real things that happened. You see, I think that the last issue of Superman was completely ruined by the Eradicator, and the issue prior certainly wasn’t helped by his presence. In this issue, however, Tomasi and Gleason manage to roll the character relations back into the story. There are extended sequences without the Eradicator (and Superman, for that matter), and on the whole, this issue comes close to reaching the heights of the first two.

As I hinted at in the previous paragraph (like my set up there?), this issue is centered around Lois and Jonathon. Superman gets his moments, and they’re all really solid. The same goes for Jonathon – he has some of his best lines yet in this issue. That being said, Lois is the character that steals this issue. She’s definitely been a background character in the book so far, but she gets to step up to the plate in a big way here and it’s awesome. Talking about the specifics would involve spoilers, but man. She gets some really great scenes. Plus, she makes a Star Wars reference, which I loved.

For the first time, I also found myself caring about the plot. Not the whole thing because, like I said, I really don’t like the Eradicator. But Tomasi and Gleason are really hitting home with the elements about Jonathon’s heritage. This ties into Lois’ role, so it’s no surprise that I was able to really get into it here. Oh, and all of this is done with minimal internal monologue, so that’s a huge plus in my book. My… comic book. Ok, yeah, that was bad. Hopefully an editor deletes it.

Oh, and if you thought the book couldn’t get any better, it has Doug Mahnke on art. I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve seen his work, but it’s just as incredible as ever here. Sure, it’s the Dc house style, but it may be the best of the house style. There are actually a couple panels that I think are evocative of Alex Ross, which is also incredibly awesome. The entire art team does great work here actually. The book is an absolute delight to look at, and the writers know when to not insert any text at all.

Superman #5 is probably the best DC book this week, and by a fairly wide margin. After the stumble of the last issue, nearly all of its former glory has been restored. So much so, in fact, that this may be my second favorite issue of the book thus far. It’s really good, and I’m back to being excited for the next issue of this book to come out. I’m really happy the turnaround on that was this quick.


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Jean-Luc Botbyl

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