Superman: Secret Origin #5

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 7, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 11
8.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Superman versus Metallo for the first time! Witness the origin of one of Superman's most-feared foes, as an attack by Lex Luthor goes awry and gives birth to the evil of Metallo. Can an inexperienced Man of Steel handle a foe with a heart of Kryptonite? Meanwhile, Lois Lane and Perry White are close to revealing Luthor as the monster that he is but are they willing to pay for that truth with their lives?

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Apr 7, 2010

    With one more issue to go, Superman Secret Origin has plenty yet to accomplish and plenty threads to tie up. Like Superman World of New Krypton and the current overarching tale playing out in the Superman Family of books, Superman Secret Origin is destined to be a time honored classic. This is a must read for Superman fans, and fans of great comics alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Apr 8, 2010

    I really cannot think of any Superman story that I have enjoyed more than Superman Secret Origin and this issue is just one more reason why. It is full of bold iconic interpretations of classic characters interacting in an energetic and engaging plot that kept me enthralled from start to finish. I've never been very taken with Superman comics because I've found the character to be pretty dullnow it will be hard to get into any Superman comic because it is going to pale in comparison to this one! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Apr 7, 2010

    But even with all its considerable strengths, the way the issue progresses the story so fast after spending previous issues harping on the familiar almost feels like too little too late. It seems like I've spent every one of my past reviews of Superman: Secret Origin in some way asking if we really need another Superman origin story. Although this penultimate issue definitely suggests we do, it still doesn't manage to redeem the story's at times lackluster first two acts. Let's hope Johns and Frank can pull off the considerable feat of tying this entire project together into something more than a simple retelling with their final issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Apr 13, 2010

    I wish this series could go a full 12 issues and really flesh out the background. I'll be sad to see this end. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 10, 2010

    It may all be for the best - but we'll have to see how it goes in the final issue and on into the future from there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Jim Apr 13, 2010

    A solid issue. Issue 5 continues a very good series. Not the best issue but it is another good one. Johns and Frank continue to show new readers the origin while still making it interesting for older readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 10, 2010

    If I boil it down to one simple question (How much did I enjoy this issue?) the answer is simple: Superman Secret Origin #5 earns 4 out of 5 stars overall, with detailed and attractive art, an intriguing story, and nice characterization of Lois, Clark, Luthor and all the regular Superman players. The only real failing of the book is that it reads as way too contemporary for a story that took place about ten years ago, and that causes me some consternation in terms of understanding the timeline Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 12, 2010

    When this series was first announced my initial thought was that I could really do without another re-telling of Superman's origin, but this has been a pleasant enough series that at the end of the day I don't mind it sitting next to, say, my copy of "Superman: Birthright." After all, they're all just stories. They can hang out with one another if they wish. Read Full Review

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