Legion of Super-Heroes #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Ryan Sook, Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 25, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 24
6.9Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

DC's far-flung future is happening right now! With the secret of Jon Kent revealed, the Legion of Super-Heroes is united to save New Earth from those who would destroy it. Will Aquaman's lost trident be the key to New Earth's demise? Plus, Mon-El comes clean about his connection to Jon, and Cosmic Boy and Ferro Lad find out they both have a crush on the same Legionnaire.

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 6, 2020

    A nice melding of Legion continuities. Some nice updates to classic Legion lore. A new twist on Brainy. And glittering art. Count me in! We all wanted a good Legion book. We're getting one! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Mar 30, 2020

    Legion of Super-Heroes #5 finally starts to snap the series' narrative into focus, as the past and present collide in some particularly intriguing ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Mar 25, 2020

    Legion of Superheroes #5 continues to expand the conflict between the President of United Planets and the young hero taskforce that she helped create. We also get more confused Superboy. And we can never have enough of that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Frankie Sciulla Mar 25, 2020

    Issue #5 is the best issue of the series thus far. It's engaging, funny, and taps into the core essence of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 31, 2020

    I still feel like I'm able to enjoy this series because I have thirty+ years of familiarity with it all. I'm not sure how well it reads to someone new at all. At the same time, having read a number of writers tackle the team, there are I things I like from the relaunch and things that frustrate me and nothing seems to be improving overall as it moves along, which I had hoped after it got some familiarity under its belt. The challenge of a big team is one thing, a sprawling team is another, and the Legion is more than sprawling. Bendis doesn't really have a central point of view here and there aren't core mini-groups moving about even though they easily fall into that. It's just a book that feels like unending dialogue with no room to breathe as it progresses with each issue. I can grasp the big picture ideas it's going with but the presentation for it is just not working. It's at least very, very, pretty to look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Mar 25, 2020

    In the end, Legion of Super-Heroes #5puts what I hope are the final pieces of its narrative into place. With the plot feeling ready to escalate I look forward to next months issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 25, 2020

    Bendis finally show that he really is the Legion fan he's claimed to be, even if it's masked in characters that aren't always visually recognizable. This may not be your grandfather's Legion, but, perhaps, it could be YOUR Legion! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Mar 25, 2020

    Reconstructing such a complex and off beat team of superheroes has been no easy feat, but if this is the standard for the future of the series, then Legion of Super-Heroes just became one of DC's must-read titles. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 26, 2020

    This title is packed with interesting ideas, but I'm not sure the execution does them any favor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 25, 2020

    Legion of Super Heroes has some promise, but it needs stronger character development to really stand out as a must-read team book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Carl Bryan Mar 25, 2020

    President Brande has a great idea about forming a Legion based on history. The JLA and the Teen Titans seem to be Brande's inspiration and her speech before government leaders seems straight out of Episode 2 or 3 of Star Wars. I appreciate the origin story, but don't want pull too hard on some of the strings. I'm not sure which timeline these Legion members are prepping Superman/Superboy for, and what the heck is going on with Aquaman's Trident? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 28, 2020

    The origin story continues this issue, and at least it's pretty interesting. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 25, 2020

    I'm not sure why there continue to be so many delays on this title, but the plot points hinted at in this plodding 31st Century tale suggest that modern-day editorial chaos at DC comics is the true villain that must be defeated. A minor gripe that bothers me more than I care to admit is the reference to Jon Kent as the “One True Superman”. The elevation of Superboy's importance given his established history of stunted emotional development (i.e. trapped in a volcano for 7 years on Earth 3) does not fit into the mold of “One True Superman” that Bendis is forcing him into. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Mar 31, 2020

    Overall: Legion of Super-Heroes #5 continues the depressing death spiral of this new title. Bendis clearly is out of his comfort zone and has no plans for success with this franchise. I have no idea who would find Bendis' Fourboot Legion interesting. This issue is not going to appeal to Bendis fans at all. It is too boring and simply does not deliver the kind of story that Bendis fans like. This issue is also not going to appeal to Legion fans. At this point, the Fourboot Legion is an answer to a question no one was asking. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 27, 2020

    There are a lot of kernels of good ideas in Legion of Super-Heroes #5, but writer Brian Michael Bendis never spends long enough time to expand upon them, let alone give artists Ryan Sook and Scott Godlewski enough elbow room to really strut their stuff. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 25, 2020

    Bendis seems lost as to what story he is telling. The artwork is good especially by Sook. But there just isn't a lot to grab onto here. Read Full Review

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