Comic Review: Superman #5 (DC Comics)

The book begins with Superman carrying a ship containing his wife Lois and his son Jon as they travel across the dark side of the moon. As Jon is in […]

The book begins with Superman carrying a ship containing his wife Lois and his son Jon as they travel across the dark side of the moon.

As Jon is in awe and excitement of seeing the moon up close , Lois and Superman have a discussion as to why they are traveling to the dark side of the moon. Superman reveals that after their fight with the Eradicator of the current earth that they reside in, he kept tabs on Batman’s travels to the moon during the time that they resided in the current earth. The Superman family then enter the moon to find Batman’s secret moon based bat cave. Funny enough that even in a moon based bat cave, you can always trust that there will always be bats present, even if they are robotic bats. As Superman and the family progress and take the time to discuss , Eradicator arrives and attacks Superman. Eradicator is adamant to destroy Jon due to him being half Kryptonian instead of being pure bred Kryptonian.

Once Superman is out of commission that’s when things get interesting. I won’t spoil the rest of the issue, but Lois and Jon have some pretty cool moments where they step their game up and tackle the Eradicator head on.  the story is pretty well paced thus far in Tomasi, Gleason and Mahnke’s 5th part of the Son of Superman arc . Tomasi does a superb job at making the family dynamic between Superman, Lois, and Jon. He understands that they are each different individuals with voices of their own, and causes the reader to really care for the family more than any of the early superman titles that came before during the entirety of the New 52 since its incarnation. Mahnke’s art is consistently going strong and you can see him finding his footing when you compare this issue from the first issue.

Personally, Mahnke’s always been a good illustrator so that’s a no brainier.  Heck , there is a scene that Mahnke illustrated showcasing Lois utilizing a certain suit of Bat-Armor that Tomasi and Manhke created back in their Batman and Robin run that put a smile on my face.  The inks by Jaime Mendoza really compliment Mahnke’s pencils well, and it shows, giving each character a sense of weight and form that only enhances the pages more. The colors by Quintana are also solid. I hope this series continues in quality since it’s one of the highlights of the DC Rebirth titles.  A solid issue .

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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