DC Universe Presents #5

DC Universe Presents #5

Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Bernard Chang Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 18, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
7.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

It's the mind-blowing, metaphysical conclusion of Deadman's soul-searching quest to find meaning in his mission and salvation for the spirits of those he has possessed! Deadman thinks he finally has the upper hand on his boss, Rama, but he'll soon learn that when it comes to dealing with a god, there's no such thing. All that plus mobsters, terrorists and a bazooka!

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 23, 2012

    While Brand knows he can't "win", in as much as being free of Rama's grip, but at least he can alleviate some of the pressure before giving in to her control. Through a mildly complex series of connected ideas, Brand explains that gods feel no humility which means they could never think to ask one of the most simple, yet most important, questions mortals feel every day of their lives: "Why me?" Everyone has, at some point in their lives, felt victimized and that shared sentiment cannot be felt by those with no true humility. In a true 'thinker' piece, Jenkins crafts a damn near-perfect origin story for Deadman before letting him go to exist between the pages of other books until DC sees fit to give Brand his own ongoing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Jan 18, 2012

    The conclusion to this series' first arc packs a punch, making it the best of the lot. If the first four issues of this title seemed directionless to you, and you're thinking of saving a shilling or two by skipping DC Universe Presents #5, resist that urge. This issue is great, and it really validates what's come before it. With a new storyline and new protagonists on the horizon, it's tough to say what the future of this title will be. The first story wraps up nicely here, though, and, for the time being, that's all that matters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 19, 2012

    It's a shame, because it takes all the thoughtfulness out of this book, with all the ingredients for a smart ending being twisted into something shallow and inorganic. Perhaps that's why I have such a bad taste in my mouth " this was an interesting premise of redemption that becomes its own worst enemy. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 24, 2012

    Beyond the flaws of the story and the unflattering portrayal of the character, I want to alert DC to the misuse of the title's format, which now seems better suited to one-shots or two-issue arcs. At least if the story's a dud, you can get over it quicker. Read Full Review

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