Batman/Superman #5

Batman/Superman #5

Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 4
6.3Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

When the new Toymaster uses a secret, potentially deadly element in his new video game, the characters created by players manifest in real life! The ultimate fighting game resultsand a world-wide network of players must team up to create the most powerful, skilled Super Heroes imaginable with one goal: To kill Batman. Can Superman come to the rescue before the game claims its victim? Find out in this amazing issue thats printed in a special horizontal storytelling format.

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 6, 2013

    This is a great issue, and is a throwback to what we loved about Worlds' Finest of yesteryear.  We get the fun banter between these two power houses, that seemed to be missing in the first four issues.  Everything in this issue was great, Greg Pak delivers a satisfying Sci Fi story, and even though its been seen before, it feels fresh with our favorite superheroes.  Also Brett Booth is a perfect fit for this title, and I hope he continues to be on this creative team for a long time.  Go out and get this title, and have a fun time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 6, 2013

    Going from this issue from the last arc is somewhat of a culture shock. The visual style and tone have changed completely, but nevertheless, this issue was very entertaining in it's own way. This reminded me a lot of what the old Superman/Batman book used to be, just sort of weird out there stories, but this time around, they're actually in continuity. Unfortunately, the continuity is where a few of my hang-ups on the issue can be found, be it Bruce and Clark's interaction, or the lack of any acknowledgement of the stressed relationship between Bruce and Dick. Those minor problems aside, the issue was still fun, in a popcorn sort of way, and that's what matters most, ultimately.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 6, 2013

    Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund join Greg Pak and bring Batman and Superman closer to the current continuity (compared to the first arc). Without having to go into detail, Pak shows us what makes them so different yet illustrates the friendship they've formed. We get an interesting change of pace in the story and having it in a horizontal format allows for the art to appear larger, thus giving us more detail to see. Although it also results in less panels overall. If you're looking for some old fashioned fun Superman/Batman story, this is shaping up to be another interesting story arc for the two. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Nov 7, 2013

    We didn't leave Bruce in a very good way at the ending. Of course him and his sassy-self would get shot in defense of someone else. Will best-friend-forever Clark get there in time? I hope so, and with a huge 'I told you so!' to boot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 13, 2013

    This isn't the slick, dream-like first arc which I thought was superb. It seems to be a sillier action piece with the nice wrinkle of the video game players being put into the mix. The art and sideways presentation and story all complement each other nicely. I suppose I would like this issue more if I wasn't comparing it to the heady brew of the last arc which was just spectacular. This is a fine comic book, a fun action-packed diversion. But it isn't the strong character piece of the earlier issues. And that's okay. Not every arc needs to be some deep delve into the characters. Sometimes I need to see some cars thrown around as range weapons. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Nov 8, 2013

    I've mentioned before I'm not the biggest fan of the Man of Steel, but this is definitely the kind of book I think I could keep on reading, you probably should too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 20, 2014

    Judging by the stark shift from the abstract to the technical, one might assume DC editorial is forcing Pak's hand. What changes may come, the characters are the important thing, and Batman Superman #5 seems to lose that. The title seems to be in a state of finding itself, and if the balance keeps changing without ever righting itself, readers might find themselves pulling the issue in want of sticking to the character's individual titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Nov 7, 2013

    Batman/Supermanhas had its ups and downs in its first five issues, but there is still enough strong material and ingenuity to keep it relevant. If you like either of these titular characters, definitely try this series. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 6, 2013

    Part of the selling point on this issue is the "widescreen" format, with a more horizontal approach to storytelling. Unfortunately, Brett Booth rarely takes advantage of the format shift, and many pages could just as easily be split in half and presented as normal. Booth's wonky, Jim Lee-meets-Rob Liefeld approach to character design doesn't really do the book any favors either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Nov 6, 2013

    Batman/Superman #5 takes a sharp dip in quality. The tone established by Booth is hard to get behind, and the series is extremely frustrating because of it. Fans will be better off sitting out this arc, and picking up Action Comics until there is a new artist on the project. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 7, 2013

    I would describe it as only “mildly entertaining.” It was a very middle-of-the-road issue for me and I didn't find anything to be terribly engaging but I also didn't find anything all that bad either. The cliffhanger only left me slightly curious about what's to come in the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Nov 8, 2013

    Brett Booth is excellent at what he does; what he does just doesn't fit the same tonal area as what Lee does. This, visually, no longer is set apart from the usual New 52 scrum, and suffers greatly. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 10, 2013

    It takes a bit of effort to get a handle on what the story's even about, much less whether it's any good, and the art is ill-suited to convey its dramatic weight. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 8, 2013

    "Batman/Superman" #5 is unfortunately the weakest issue in the series to date. It looks like the next issue holds some more promise, but for now this feels like a real fumble after a strong opening storyline with Jae Lee on board for the art. It's not at a "call it quits" level of disappointment, but I'll be a little more wary when "Batman/Superman" #6 hits stores next week. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We The Nerdy - Mario Miranda Nov 11, 2013

    Overall a disappointment after such a great introductory arc to this series, hopefully this is not an indication of things to come and Pak is able to bring this around. If not, hopefully he'll be able to recapture some of the magic when Jae Lee returns in the next story arc. Read Full Review

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