Barbalien: Red Planet #5

Writer: Tate Brombal, Jeff Lemire Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: March 24, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 5
9.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

In this blood-chilling finale, the martian hero Barbalien faces age-old hatred from Mars and Earth as he clashes with the bounty hunter after his head-and tensions finally boil over between his two lives as a police officer and hero, leaving the young man he's come to love in the dangerous crossfire of an inevitable riot.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Apr 5, 2021

    Barbalien: Red Planet #5 is a powerful conclusion to Lemire and Brombal's brilliant story. While all of Jeff Lemire's Black Hammer books have been great, this series stands out as something special. This series served as a great introduction to Tate Brombal's writing. I will definitely have to check out his other projects. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - James Ferguson Mar 31, 2021

    The Black Hammer Universe always delivers and Barbalien: Red Planet is one of the most impressive entries in the line. This is an amazing character study about finding yourself shown through the lens of an alien from two worlds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Mar 24, 2021

    This tale has left me speechless plenty of times before, and I get that sense more than ever now. While the Black Hammer universe has already deconstructed the superhero world as we know it, Barbalien is a book that upsets the status quo, and this issue, in particular, is entirely the perfect example of that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Mar 26, 2021

    Not just an excellent comic, but one that deserves a reread. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 24, 2021

    The Barbalien series probably wasn't what most people would have expected it to be in a general sense but I really enjoyed its working through the 80s period and all that it entails. There are a number of distinctive storylines working throughout here but it covers some really good material, highlights things that still aren't talked about a lot, and makes it clear what some of the real evils of the day were. It's something that I hope finds an even bigger audience in trade form down the line as people get to sink their teeth into it as a whole work and what it represents. It's not just another spinoff book with our Martian character doing superheroes and it's a strong work because of that. Read Full Review

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