Adventure Comics #5

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Sterling Gates, Bob Wiacek, Geoff Johns Artist: Jerry Ordway Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 9, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 4
5.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Concluding the 2-part BLACKEST NIGHT tale of Superboy-Prime! The Black Lanterns have forced Prime to face his deepest and darkest fears, but what - and who - are they? And how will Superboy-Prime strike back after this devastating attack?Plus, Conner Kent faces off with Superman's greatest enemy in an exciting co-feature by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul. That's right: Superboy confronts Lex Luthor!

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Dec 12, 2009

    I also would love to Conner meet up with Prime again. Prime could be the bastard child of this story similar to the way Jason Todd is in the Batman world. Geoff Johns's run on the title ends with next month's issue. After that, we have a special top secret Blackest Night tie-in issue written by Tony Bedard. Does it have to do with Prime or someone completely different? I'll stick around to find out, but if with Geoff no longer on the title I'm gone after that. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Dan Phillips Dec 9, 2009

    So to bring things back to where we started, Johns and Gates have managed to provide a worthwhile, substantial and entertaining tie-in. Thank their willingness to shoot for the stars with big, imaginative high concepts. And if you're so inclined, thank Morrison for opening up the doors for them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Dec 17, 2009

    Its the kind of thing I dont see much from Geoff Johns. Hes gained a bad reputation for the violence in his stories, so I often wondered why he kept getting such high profile work. This comic shows us why. Johns can write moving stories with complex, nuanced characters that speak like real people. The artwork emphasizes the emotions of both stories. Ordways and Wiaceks art grounds Superboy-Prime in a world that could be as real as our own. Manapuls penciling and coloring give the Superboy story a soft touch making it feel more intimate. Im tempted to keep buying more issues of Adventure Comics based on this story alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Dec 13, 2009

    The back-up story with the Kon-El Superboy is something of a let-down after the high-octane main feature. But it does have its own clever twists and turns, such as Superboy solving a problem with brains and compassion rather than force. The art is improving but is still a bit rough for what should be a slick, highly-polished Superboy feature. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 28, 2011

    This issue is a bit of a mixed bag but just watching Superboy-Prime go through the emotional spectrum is worth it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 17, 2009

    This was an oddly uneven issue, as themore engaging tale of the two has a much less entertaining or sympathetic protagonist. Tom Welling Prime is a whiny, pathetic little weasel, but his rage, his loss, and his pain really come through. Jerry Ordway's art is it's usual excellent self, to the point where I was able to identify Dan Didio immediately during his cameo appearance... The Kon-El second feature has a much more relatable character, but is short enough that it doesn't quite gel for me, giving just the hint of the coming Luthor/S-boy conflict, and returning (presumably) Lex's lost half-sibling Lena Thorul to the continuity, a very Geoff Johns touch. Francis Manapul's new art style is refreshing and fun, looking like it's shot direcly from the pencils. All in all, this issue balances itself out, with a slightly strong moment for, strangely enough, the Kryptonian from Earth-Prime. Adventure Comics #5/#508 is a well-handled issue on all fronts, earning a respectable 3 out of 5 stars Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 17, 2009

    I'm going to miss this creative team working on this character. So I was a bit underwhelmed by this issue. I shouldn't be surprised given that I don't necessarily like prime as a character and he was the star of the book. Still there were some nice twists to his story and the Conner story was pretty good as well. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Dec 12, 2009

    The Superboy-Krypto story was a lot of fun and I could have followed a whole book of it. The Superboy Prime blackest night story flopped for me. Dan Didio has said many times at conventions (you can catch a lot of his speeches in the DC podcasts) that DC is not afraid to try new things. I admire that a lot. They tried metafiction with an unsympathetic character, but it didn't feel worth my money. Dan: don't stop trying. You're more courageous than Superboy Prime, even if he trashed your desk… Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Dec 16, 2009

    Umm, I really didn't like this comic. I thought the Prime feature was too cutesy, and the SB feature was too short. So yeah, this definitely won't go on my Geoff Johns highlight reel. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Dec 13, 2009

    Hopefully, we'll see Johns and Manapul bring Conner Kent back to the front of this book next month. And hopefully they won't just drift away from the character when Paul Levitz comes in to do his long-awaited return to the Legion. But the sad fact is that the two-part Superboy Prime story didn't work, and this series has lost some luster because of it. Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 12, 2009

    This one is really hurting his grading curve. A terrible comic. Read Full Review

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