Batman / Superman #5

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: David Marquez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 18, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 35
7.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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The Batman Who Laughs has unleashed his Secret Six! Now these infected heroes threaten to spread their dark infection across our world, and the only thing that might stop them is the combined might of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. If they fail, the planet will become the seed that grows a new Dark Multiverse-heroes will fall, villains will rise, and a new era dawns for the DCU in this explosive first arc finale that leads directly into Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1!

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Dec 18, 2019

    Batman Superman #5 is one of the best issues to be released in the series and I am so glad the creative team keeps finding ways to keep is readers excited and engaged in it. Sometimes with series like this there will be a few issues where things slow down and we kind of loose interest, but Josh Williamson has made sure to not skip a beat at all and give us five issues of pure nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 24, 2019

    The ending has quite a twist that is extremely dark. I loved it. We do get a sort of cliffhanger to the next story. Honestly, I can't wait. This has actually turned out to be a solid book that is highly entertaining! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 18, 2019

    The Infected/Secret Six arc has delivered beyond expectation and the big question is how will they manage long enough to survive. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Dec 23, 2019

    Overall I liked these five issues. It just feels a little soft of an ending for how hard this whole miniseries went. I was hoping for something with a bit more immediate impact. This will still suffice. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 18, 2019

    David Marquez has some great visuals throughout the issue. It really ramped up to great art when Superman sees what's inside the Watchtower. That moment and the art afterwards was filled with action. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 18, 2019

    This is definitely a comic serving a specific purpose in the DCU at the moment, but it does it far better than most tie-ins would. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Jan 1, 2020

    This was absolutely an explosive ending to the first arc of this series. We were introduced to some pretty cool villains, got some expansion on the level of trust that Batman places on his allies and we saw the potential danger that The Batman Who Laughs and his allies pose. Together, they are some of the most dangerous heroes ever assembled under the command of one of the deadliest and smartest villains around. Joshua Williamson and David Marquez made for an excellent team with stellart and writing, so this issue is absolutely worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Dec 21, 2019

    The Batman Who Laughs doesnt actually appear in Batman/Superman #5, but his shadow is all over the issue nonetheless. And thats a real shame, because hes become an extremely tiresome character, and its holding an excellent creative team back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 18, 2019

    With Batman/Superman #5 wrapping up, it leaves the story in an interesting place. With the various Infected one-shots already out and Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen following up from this, Williamson and company have done an excellent job of laying the groundwork for the larger event to follow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Dec 21, 2019

    It's worth a read " especially if you're interested in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 23, 2019

    So, the story beats don't really work for me. Dark Supergirl? 'No balls' Captain Marvel? Bat-god with the perfect tech? Nah. But boy the art sure elevates this book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Matthew Aguilar Dec 18, 2019

    Batman/Superman #5 puts the best aspects of the Worlds Finest at the forefront once more, and that's why the series ends its first arc with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Dec 20, 2019

    Overall, I am pretty neutral on this series. I hope the next arc really hits home because I am starting to lose interest in this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 18, 2019

    There are some things to get excited about in this issue and while I was enjoying myself, Joshua Williamson didn't stick the ending.  It wasn't his fault, though, because instead of an ending, the Infected story packed it's things and went over to more Hell Arisen pastures.  The cliffhanger promises some Trinity action which I always love, but right now, I am a bit bummed out. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 18, 2019

    This comic feels rushed as the plot doesn't make a lot of sense; the Infected characters all sound and behave the same, thereby foregoing their unique personalities, and remain unconvincing; the main threat is dealt with too easily; the story is bogged down by exposition that ends up stating the obvious; and the art, even though it's still this book's saving grace, has a few problems as well. Read Full Review

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