Review: Superman #5

SM_Cv5_dsThe Eradicator is unstoppable and it has forced Superman to leave Earth behind to keep his son from harm.

In Superman #5, it’s become clearer to me we’re getting a horror-infused story which isn’t something I don’t normally think of when I think Superman. Writers Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi have put together a story which takes so much from the horror genre, and it’s this issue where it’s super apparent.

Superman has turned tail and run to protect Lois and Jon from the Eradicator who they had been fighting at the Fortress of Solitude. Now held up in a secret moonbase of Batman’s, the Eradicator is in pursuit and catches up. This is the killer stalking his victims in a remote location. Hell, there’s even scenes that one can say is the slow shuffle of the evil killer chasing down his victims. An iconic scene that you’ll find in so many horror classics. It’s a cool mix of genre and works so well.

On top of that horror, we get a lot of superheroics. Lois and Jon step up in awesome ways. the comic is especially important in that it emphasizes this isn’t a Lois who’s a damsel in distress. She’s smart and knows when to take it to the enemy and when she’s overmatched. Here she’s kicking a lot of ass in a Ripley versus Alien sort of way. Lois even gets a “get away from her” moment that’s really cool and unexpected.

The art by Jaime Mendoza and Doug Mahnke is solid. The previous issue had the art team of Gleason and Mick Gray and the transition from that issue to this one is pretty seamless. I didn’t notice much difference at all making this a prime example of a rotating art team that could work and work well. That’s not to say there isn’t differences, I just didn’t notice it as much as I have in othe rcomics. The action is solid and there’s some really solid moments that play out in art and writing. Gleason and Tomasi have “hits” in the issue and Mendoza and Mahnke deliver on those.

The only reason I’m recommending this as a “read” instead of a “buy” is because it’s a bit into this particular story arc and new readers may not dig it as much. Folks who have been reading Superman will be pleased. For those who don’t, go out and pick up the back issues and find out what you’ve been missing.

Superman once again actually feels super.

Story: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art: Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.05 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review