Man of Steel #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Adam Hughes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 27, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 47
7.0Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Beaten by Rogol Zaar, his city burning at the hands of an unknown arsonist and the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon drawing closer to revelation - even Superman feels powerless against all that stands before him.

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jun 29, 2018

    This mini-series will be one for my collection and I think a must have for any fan of Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 28, 2018

    The ending is just awesome. It's a splash page for the end but man, what a splash page. It perfectly sets up the last issue. Can Bendis pull off a classic? Right now, all signs point to yes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 27, 2018

    This issue really does a great job of bringing the action and plot points to a head while ramping up the threat of Rogol Zaar. Great cameos from the Justice League and a great moment with Bruce giving Clark a vital piece of info that he needs. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 27, 2018

    An entertaining issue that perfectly sets up the finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Jun 27, 2018

    This is another amazing issue. The battle between Superman and Rogol Zaar is epic. Bendis does the legwork to demonstrate Rogol's power prior to this sequence, which makes the results believable. In addition, Adam Hughes' art highlights this explosive story. He uses shadows, outlines, and shading to support the emotional tone of the book, which feels to be at a panic-level for the Kryptonites. Bendis does an amazing job of pulling Jor-El back into the Superman narrative and making the character feel useful. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 27, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis has consistently kept the pace of this series. Every time you think you know what's coming next, Bendis takes a left turn. The result has been a complex and full bodied story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 27, 2018

    Rogol Zaar is at least a formidable foe even if he hasn't fully lived up to the hype.Happily that's not the same sentiment with Bendis, who's early work on Superman and his supporting cast has been encouraging. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jun 27, 2018

    The sad truth is that readers still won't learn anything new about Rogol Zaal. His hatred for all things Kryptonian, and apparently anything in contact with them, is enough to warrant their demise by his hands. It makes for an exciting blockbuster of a comic. Every artist brings their own spin onto Bendis's words, especially Adam Hughes. His unique style bridges the world of dream and comic with an amazingly original look. Every panel captures a sense and wonder that comes just as clearly in the writing. The story does need to move forward, but if it looks and reads likeMan of Steel #5,let the Bendis Superman stories continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jul 2, 2018

    The Man Of Steel #5 continues this mini-series run of quality. Adam Hughes art is the MVP of the issue, and Bendis continues to balance the action and the drama perfectly, setting up things for the future without neglecting the main plot. Its not perfect, but The Man Of Steel #5 still soars. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 28, 2018

    Still, the story continues to build nicely to the final issue of the mini-series, and hopefully we'll get a conclusion of sorts to the three major story threads running through it (the threat of Zaar, the fate of Lois and Jon, and who's behind the mysterious fires in Metropolis). Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 2, 2018

    There are neat parts to the Man of Steel series as a whole but I'm left wishing two different things; the first that it was about two issues less so that it was tighter and more engaging and the second that it had some consistent art teams with it. I like what Bendis is bringing to the character with his interpretation of it and the potential with the expansion here but it's six issues with everything still largely a mystery until the end. I'm curious when it comes to Zaar but at the same time I found myself a lot more interested in this issue in what Jon's story is and just how far they'll go with that. There's plenty to like here overall but it simply feels like it could have been better. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Heroes Direct - Joseph Kime Jul 5, 2018

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  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jul 1, 2018

    A little bit of a step down from previous issues solely because it's a bit light on content (basically 3 things happen in the entire issue) but visuals and pitch-perfect character work more than make up for it, I'm really excited for the finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Jun 27, 2018

    Brian Michael Bendis seems to have gotten his mojo back as he steers Superman into familiar, yet excitingly new territory and Kal-El will never be the same. It's not easy bringing fresh insight into a character that's 80 years old. But his take on the Man of Steel seems to be fresh and this story is leading the reader into innovative territory as Superman realizes that a cleansing is in order. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Damon Cagnolatti Jun 28, 2018

    I still feel like the plot is being rushed overall. It seems that now would have been the perfect time to dive into Zaar's motives and background. However, what we get is a really cool continuation of the battle started in the previous issue. I don't think I'm invested in the character they've built so far. I find myself wondering after each issue, 'why is he doing all this?" Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 28, 2018

    Man of Steel #5 is a return to quality after the subpar #4. The fight between Clark and Rogol Zaar is great, the dialogue remains solid, and the conflict provides some complex and engaging emotionality from the Man of Tomorrow. Hughes, Fabok, and Sinclair do some great work on the visuals too. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 27, 2018

    But the men of the hour are Rogol Zaar and Superman, and while I love Superman, Rogol Zaar gave me one interesting speech way back at the beginning of the series. There are very clearly defined stakes. The action is quick paced. The plot is finally picking up. I have to admit that the final spread is tantalizing. The epic conclusion to the mini-series is next week and yet, I am more curious than I am anticipatory. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jun 27, 2018

    Im curiousto see how the story ends (assuming it ends). Will it be a complete,self-contained story (doubtful), or will it dovetail into other Superman titles?Or will we end up with some sort of non-ending built on the flimsy premise ofClarks mothers name being Martha? Tune in next week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 30, 2018

    Bendis' main storyline in his introductory Superman story remains boring and uninspired, but almost everything else about this comic is able to keep it afloat. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jun 27, 2018

    The penultimate issue to the Man of Steel Miniseries is essentially filler and will leave you asking 'can we finish up now?' Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero Jun 27, 2018

    By now, youve likely already decided if youre going to be reading Bendis Superman and Action Comics. Even though this story is quite coming together, the potential for the writers take on the character is apparent. Hopefully, even if The Man of Steel doesnt get it together in the end, it will leave us all with something to explore in future stories. Its just unfortunate that this is the most we can hope for from the series. If you still can, you should wait on this one. It will almost definitely be more effective in a collected edition,but we won't know until next weeks final issue if this story will offer us a satisfying ending to this exhausting tale. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jun 27, 2018

    The positives are great and the negatives are things I can look past for the time being. What matters write now is that Bendis is confirmed a good choice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jun 29, 2018

    So some solid Supergirl moments, a decent internal monologue by Superman, and a good scene with Melody Moore stand out as positives. But Zaar's befuddling killing plans and a Lois/Jon scene that had me perplexed dragged this down a bit. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 29, 2018

    Bendis still has a fairly good handle on Superman, but he's rather inconsistent with the other characters in his writing and the fact that the story hasn't progressed that much more, combined with the fact that we still know so little about Rogol Zaar, makes this a disappointing and frustrating issue. Adam Hughes' art also plays a factor into the disappointment after delivering a good first half with the visuals but then a very noticeable drop in the second half. It's a shame the writing and art weren't better considering this is the second final issue of The Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jun 27, 2018

    The alleged solar flare from the end of the last issue turns out to be a red herring, and this issue continues to tread water to justify a sixth issue. Frankly, skipping this miniseries entirely and waiting for the regular Superman comics to commence in July seems like the smarter idea, the further we get along. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 27, 2018

    Man of Steel #5 is easily the weakest chapter of Bendis' weekly Superman debut, and the problem is both the writing style and the direction of the story at different points. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Sequential Planet - Quinn Morris Jun 28, 2018

    Man of Steel #5 fails to do anything but indicate that Superman might be in the wrong hands. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Garrett Hanneken Jun 27, 2018

    As much as I've enjoyed this series so far, The Man of Steel #5 did not advance that enjoyment. However, I can see some people liking this penultimate issue since it does set things up for a conclusion. Albeit, I don't think those that enjoyed it can ignore the unfinished artwork accompanied by the draggy story progression in this one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Russ Burlingame Jun 27, 2018

    In its weakest chapter yet, writer Brian Michael Bendis's The Man of Steel does not even have excellent art to fall back on. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Jun 27, 2018

    Rogol Zaar does nothing for this book. The plotlines and mysteries do nothing to keep the story interesting. For what it was worth, it would have been easier just to trot doomsday out for another go at it, or make this a one shot comic than try to tide fans over a few months until the full-fledged Superman issues come out. If you made it this far, finish it and pray that it gets better. If you just picked this up and are confused, wait and get the trade. pass on this book. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 27, 2018

    The on-going subplot regarding what happened to Lois and Jonathan continues to drag on in the typical Bendis fashion, with no resolution in sight, though the artwork by Jason Fabok is fantastic. If this is what we are to expect from Superman comics from now on, the future is looking bleak for The Man of Tomorrow. Read Full Review

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