Superman #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 34
8.5Critic Rating
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What could tempt Kryptonian criminal General Zod to reenter the Phantom Zone after years of imprisonment? As Superman tries to free himself from the Kryptonian jail and fight off the monster who destroyed Krypton, Zod returns to face Rogol Zaar and get vengeance for his dead world and its lost potential.

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Nov 14, 2018

    Superman, historically, has embraced Lois Lane, not just as a plot device but as a meaningful and unreplaceable part of his history. This story restores Lois to her rightful place in the narrative because Superman is shown relying on Lois to overcome the challenge of a lifetime. Bendis is the perfect writer for Superman at this time because he's willing to explore deep emotional connections between characters, and he is courageous enough to follow through on the story regardless of the outcome. What will happen to Superman by the end of his showdown with Rogol? I'm interested, and I bet, if you're a fan of Superman, you are too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Nov 14, 2018

    The artworkfor this series has been extraordinary, and it is my hope that the art teamwill remain in place long after the current story arc concludes. Its like amerging of Neal Adams and George Perez, two of comics most capable and dynamicartists. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 19, 2018

    Between the Strange/Atom humor, the Kent wisdom, the Lois nod, and this cliffhanger, this was a tremendous issue. Thoroughly entertaining. Thanks to all involved! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 19, 2018

    The art by Reis is good as usual and he really know how to draw impactful scenes and make them work well. This is some great stuff. I'm happy in the direction it all seems to be going. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 14, 2018

    Ivan Reis' art continues to impress and he does an amazing job relaying the power of all of the characters, especially Superman and Zod. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Nov 16, 2018

    Superman #5 delivers a definitive story about the Man of Steel, seeing him stripped of the support from his friends and family, forced to delve into what truly pushes him to be humanitys savior. This is one that any fan should absolutely not miss! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 14, 2018

    While this issue doesn't do much but add a character to the current story, it does make me optimistic for what Brian Michael Bendis plans on doing with the series going forward and it probably has one of the best moments that we've seen where the writer wants to show us that he knows the character...... Yeah, I've been getting tired of those moments, but this one really worked for me, not to mention that I really enjoyed the art that depicted it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Nov 14, 2018

    Superman #5 Keeps the action going with the great execution of making Zod the highlight of this issue, which should leave fans of the series excited to where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Nov 17, 2018

    Superman #5 does a lot of heavy lifting, continuing an already entertaining story and setting things up for the ending and beyond. A lot of the time in his career, these setup issues have been the most boring parts of the story, but Bendis and the art team work together to give this story the feel it needs to keep readers invested. A lot of readers arent completely on board with his Superman run yet, but showing them this book would go a long way to getting them into it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Nov 14, 2018

    This page-turner of an issue will definitely make fans curious to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 19, 2019

    Though there are moments you do want things to move faster, I'm reminded of how things did used to move faster in older books from the 80s and before with lots of panels, exposition, and a rush about it through narration. Here, it's more of a show than tell but the tell is done well and the showcase of what's happening delivers all the right feelings to it. The scale is big, the heart is right, and the potential changes are intriguing in giving us a new galactic order that will make for a far more interesting shared universe to engage in. I'm really enjoying this run even as behind and infrequently as I get to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 14, 2018

    Superman #4 is easily Bendis' best issue of this title, although it still hasn't reached the character-driven heights of his Action Comics run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 15, 2018

    Between Superman and Bendis' other Superman book, Action Comics, I have much preferred this title so far. I have my doubts about Bendis' direction for the Kent family, which is playing out in Action, but this book has so far proven to be a decent action-packed story, which is proving to be much more engaging than its sister title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 16, 2018

    An issue that looks to set the stage for one seriously epic showdown! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Nov 14, 2018

    SUPERMAN #5 may struggle in its pacing and overarching plot development, but its centralization on Zod and Superman's dynamic is undoubtedly its best aspect. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 14, 2018

    Superman is in an interesting place as the story is decent enough, but the lengthy wait between issues and for significant advancements is keeping it back from must-read status. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Nov 15, 2018

    Brian Micheal Bendis hangs another solid issue of Superman on his belt. Strong characterizations and fantastic Ivan Reis art make this worth picking up, despite its somewhat lacking plot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 16, 2018

    Armed with high drama and a lot of heart, Superman #5 is at the very least a great emotional read, if still a bit plodding plot-wise. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    RBL Nov 15, 2018

    Once again this volume continues to deliver...
    ...great dissapointment.

    tl;dr: Writing is about as bad as it can get for a comic book. bendis continues to hurt Superman and his family. Do not buy this issue, stay as far from it as you can. The art is decent enough but any enjoyment it can provide is outweighed by asinine writing.

    Last issue's improvement to boring and uninteresting did not last, as this issue starts with a "vision" that does not actually function as anything other than a dream sequence. Bonus points to this scene for showing how the image teased as the reunion of the Superman family was a fake-out and showcases that this volume will always fail to deliver what fans ask for it.

    The humor more

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  • 3.0
    ohhaimark Nov 17, 2018


    -Adam Strange needs to have a series written by Bendis. Needs.

    -The scene where Clark sees the Kents is actually really cool. I liked it, maybe it was forced, but it was one of the most memorable parts of this issue.

    THE BAD:

    -This is the first time Ivan Reis has ever let me down as an artist, but the art in this issue was just bad. It detracted from the story and felt rushed.

    -I didn't like the Zod storyline a whole lot. He kind of felt forced at times, and it just wasn't as interesting as the main story.

    -They're kind of hinting Zaar wil have more depth later, but they need to get rid of this crappy villain. He is bringing the series down.

    -I just more

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  • 3.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 2, 2019

    I just do not care about this.

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    MiGi Jun 10, 2019

    Words can't describe how awsome this issue...just read it!

  • 9.5
    gsossi Nov 14, 2018

    Great Issue

  • 9.0
    Dorival Nov 14, 2018

    I really enjoyed this and I'm very excited for Zod vs. Rogol Zaar!

  • 9.0
    DGalek12 Dec 21, 2018

    Thus far i believe Bendis's best writing was showcased in issue #4. Don't get it wrong, his writing in this issue is still spectacular, and it's shown through the amazing art of Ivan Reis. This issue is definitely a page turner, i had to catch myself and slow down to enjoy every panel.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Nov 15, 2018

    "My name is Jeff"

    Dru-Zod surely knows how to make an entrance. And his dream of a New Krypton? I like it.

    As for the rest of the issue. Good dialogue, great story and great art, and a phenomenal couple of panels where Superman gets overcome with almost hellish rage, but one memory of a certain kind couple defuses all the anger.

    Bendis knows what he's doing, he builds on what Jurgens did with Zod and the idea of an, probably uneasy, alliance between houses of El and Zod is intriguing.

  • 6.0
    waltgator93 Nov 13, 2018

    Decent issue! A quick read. The Zod part came out of nowhere and wished they explained on that. The art work is very beautiful! Zod’s dream is definitely making me curious if we will see Zod trying to make that dream a reality.

  • 5.0
    SONOFBATMANN Nov 15, 2018

    I didn't mind this issue, but 4 and 5 only needed to be one issue. All that happens is more fighting between Rogol and Supes, while Zod shows up to help his brethren out. Last issue was also just alot of fighting, and little plot progression.

  • 5.0
    YourGreenMuse Nov 16, 2018

    This was perfectly average. Not much to say about it.

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