Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Comics Rant: Superman #5

Superman #5
Story by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Penciled by Doug Mahnke
Inked by Jaime Mendoza
Colored by Wil Quintana

Man, another new artist filling in this month? This twice a month schedule is killing DC. If you're going to switch to a twice a month schedule for this comic you need to kick it old school like Marvel used to. Back When X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man went twice a month they didn't have a rotating crew artist. You got Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane each and every month with very little fill in artist.

But then again, McFarlane would draw shitty backgrounds and leave it to the inker to fill in like a slave, so yeah, maybe there is a trade off. Anyway, Superman is still trying to save his son and wife, from the Eradicator. Still, man, this story
feels like it's wearing a little thin. So, yeah, Supes is trying to hide Superman Jr. & Lois on the moon. In a secret Batcave no less. Hell, it's even being guarded by mechanical bat drones.

Of course, Eradicator follows them and fights Big Blue. But this is where things take a turn for the worst. Eradicator absorbs Superman, storing him with the hundreds of other Kryptonians souls he's hoarding. Supes Jr jumps into action and breaks out the heat vision to try and force Eradicator to release his dad. But Eradicator is just focused on changing Superman Jr.'s DNA to make him 100% Kryptonian.

Lois ain't having any of this. So, she steals the Hellbat suit that Batman used to battle Darkseid. Great stuff here. Lois and son hold their own but you know that can't last long. It's not long before Eradicator gains the upper hand and starts kicking both their asses. Superman collects the souls of the Kryptonians and gets stronger to escape the Eradicator. Once free, Superman starts with his amped up heat vision to melt down the Eradicator. That's how we end, with yet another cliffhanger. While I was hoping we'd get more Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke did a nice job filling in. Hey this is the guy who created the Mask, so he knows all about great facial expressions and storytelling and pacing. Nothing wrong with that and nice to see he's back on mainstream comics. My thumbs are up. Well, one of them anyway.

-Tash Moore

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