Superman: American Alien #5

Superman: American Alien #5

Writer: Max Landis Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 22
9.2Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

Now regularly patrolling the skies of Metropolis as an anonymous figure known to some as the flying man, 24 year old Clark Kent has become a local celebrity. But when he overhears a report on his police scanner about a 20-foot-tall purple monstrosity thats tearing the city apart...Clark encounters real power for the first time.

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Mar 16, 2016

    Superman: American Alien #5 works so beautifully becauseit's precisely the kind of Superman comic that should be on shelves each and every week — only it feels more precious than that. At its heart, this issue exemplifies the motivations, desires, and fears of Clark Kent, Lois Lane (who, by the way, hasn't been this wonderful and brassy in ages), and Lex Luthor in such a way that if you had accidentally picked this book up at random with no prior knowledge of what it was setting out to do, you'd swear that Superman had the coolest comic in the world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 16, 2016

    Superman: American Alien is a fantastic Superman story anyone can read. With each issue, I love this series more and more. Each issue is an excellent example as to how great of a character Superman is. Max Landis is doing a remarkable job and Francis Manapul's art is top notch. Some of the moments in Superman's life told here might not completely jive with everything we know or have seen before, but it's been a joy to read. We need more Superman stories like this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 16, 2016

    This is one of the most satisfying comics I've read in a long, long time.  Every single DC fan upset with the current state of Superman affairs needs to read this issue and series right away to know that it can be better.  This book isn't just better, it's damn near perfect! Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Guest Author Mar 17, 2016

    Simply put: I love this series. I look forward to it every month and read it at least twice before even thinking about a review. Each issue leaves me with a smile on my face and a reminder of why I like comic books. I like that Landis has set restrictions on his Superman. His Superman isn't a genius, and he even bleeds! Luthor through a two page lecture is able to shake Clark's whole foundation, making him feel like a legitimate threat. This is the Superman I never knew I wanted but really needed. At this point if you're not reading "American Alien," I can't imagine why, but seriously go pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Mopeymac Mar 17, 2016

    Simply put: I love this series. I look forward to it every month and read it at least twice before even thinking about a review. Each issue leaves me with a smile on my face and a reminder of why I like comic books. I like that Landis has set restrictions on his Superman. His Superman isn't a genius, and he even bleeds! Luthor through a two page lecture is able to shake Clark's whole foundation, making him feel like a legitimate threat. This is the Superman I never knew I wanted but really needed. At this point if you're not reading "American Alien," I can't imagine why, but seriously go pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Mar 17, 2016

    When I first reviewed this series I said it was pretty great, but needed to do more to set it itself apart. Over the last few issues, Landis has done just that.American Alienshould be used as a benchmark upon which modern Superman stories are written. Landis has shown that Clark Kent isn't just a “big blue boyscout” or a “boring overpowered character”, he's a layered, complex, fascinating individual who will always see the best in people and try to do what's right. Even if his methods are naive, he'll always strive to succeed and not let it get him down.American Alienis the perfect Superman story, Landis may even have succeeded in his claim to make this “All-Star Clark Kent”, because in my opinion, this series is up there withAll-Star Supermanin terms of quality. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Kyle King Mar 20, 2016

    Max Landis and Francis Manapul have produced an outstanding issue that confirms that this is the best Superman series in a decade. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 21, 2016

    "Superman: American Alien" #5 is a perfect issue, something that Landis and Manapul should be exceptionally proud of. With a wonderful script, gorgeous art and understated colors, what more is there to ask for? I realize Landis and Manapul have many other projects ahead of them, but -- if there was a way for them to be reunited on another comic -- it would be a bestseller. Landis and Manapul have set the bar very high for what a Superman comic should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 16, 2016

    Without question the best Superman comic you can read today, this month and probably this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Tarik Cummings Apr 2, 2016

    If you're not up to date on AMERICAN ALIEN, head to your local comic store and correct that immediately, and if you're a fan of the series, let us know in the comments what you thought of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Mar 16, 2016

    After five issues Landis still amazes me with fresh, natural ways to approach these concepts. I'm not even going to pull any punches this month – just buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Wednesday Comics - Marvin Salguero Mar 20, 2016

    Though not a perfect issue in this series, Max Landis is continuing to create a great Superman story for our generation. Each issue continues to be a showcase of great artists that are elevating the already great work from Landis. Landis knows what makes Superman such a great character and this story is something Superman fans, or critics, really need to be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Mar 19, 2016

    That Clark takes for himself the moniker of Superman following this conversation with Lex is not a denial of the flawed human nature that led to this failed confrontation, or even a declaration that hed since then surpassed such shortcomings, but rather a deliberate subversion of Luthors misanthropy. It is his affirmation that he is a super Man. It is through his appropriation of the term that Clark seeks for Superman to overcome the Overman of Nietzsche, the Nazis, and Luthor. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 16, 2016

    This series continues to impress me, and is easily the best Superman comic on the market right now. It has rarely faltered and kept me entertained while exploring the character. Such a fantastic series and I'm looking forward to the final two issues and see where Landis takes us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Mar 18, 2016

    It turns out that when Max Landis isn't trying so hard to be controversial and edgy, he writes a perfectly decent book. Who knew? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Mar 18, 2016

    For better or worse, Superman: American Alien is not your typical Superman story. Max Landis fluently shares his millennial vision of the Man of Steel, and brings in a wealth of artistic talent with him in each new installment. This issue stands out as the best so far, putting to rest some of the titles previous shortcomings. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown May 21, 2016

    "Eagle" is a great read if you treat it as what it is"an coming of age issue. Here we have Clark still trying to identify himself with something"he's still trying to attach himself to an ideal and we see him struggle with it in this issue. Landis and Manapul do a great job of showing us Clark's humanity in some pages, and his ego in others. However if you're a real Superman fan you'll especially love the exchange between Clark and Lex in the end, it really shows you perfectly how the rivalry between the two will start and exactly where each man stands in his beliefs. Enough of me telling you about American Alien #5" read it for yourself! Read Full Review

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