Title: Superman #5
Writers: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Artist: Doug Mahnke
Inker: Jaime Mendoza
Colorist: Wil Quintana
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 17, 2016
He might not have been the first superhero, but he is the most recognizable. Superman for nearly 80 years has been the moral compass of the DC Universe, even when taking on racketeers and throwing them around like a rag doll. Thanks to Rebirth and blending of the New 52 into this current world, the Superman from Lois and Clark have filled the void left by the other Superman.
However, the more things change, the more they stay the same and the Eradicator continues to chase the super family as the Man of Steel takes the fight to the moon and hides out in the Bat-Space-Crater…I really need to become a billionaire.
Either way, the Eradicator finds Superman, swallows him whole then goes after Jon to purge him of his humanity. Jon, like his dad, goes fists and heat-vision first while Lois finds one of Batman’s Hellbat suits that was designed as a back up to fight with Superman in case he went rogue. Once in the belly of the best, Superman communicates with the souls of the lost Kryptonians who the Eradicator has swallowed whole. They agree to help Superman by giving their essence to him in order to defeat the monster, which leaves us waiting for the final results in the next issue of Superman.
Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza work perfectly together to create this version of Superman and Wil Quintana’s colors give a feel of peril. The thing is, as good as Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are, it feels that this story arc is just a long set up for the upcoming series Super Sons that will team-up Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. Lois even mentions that Jon needs to be trained instead of babied as he will eventually become Superman once he’s an adult.
I am more looking forward to issue seven instead of six, only because we will have a new arc and hopefully will focus on this Superman’s relationship to this earth’s world and the relationships it will bring.
- Story - 8/108/10
- Art - 9/109/10
I lover Superman as a character. The team of Tomasi and Gleason are great writers, but this feels like a very long set up to get us to Super Sons and not just continuing the legacy of Superman.