Saturday, May 23, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #5 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils: Paul Pelletier
Ink: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 18th, 2020

When Superman is having problems taking down the giant gorilla Titano, Lex Luthor activates his plan to have LexCorp fight crime in Metropolis. The problem is that he's far more effective than The Man of Steel at fighting and preventing crime.

That quick little blurb kinda says it all with this issue. Superman gets his butt kicked by Titano, and Lex decides to take action with a plan that he's clearly been working on for some time. He uses cameras set around the city to turn into laser guns and take the massive gorilla down. Now LexCorp has defeated a big bad that Superman could not. And it continues. Weeks go by and LexCorp keeps using new technologies to run crime out of Metropolis.

And then you have poor Clark. The protector of the city. He wonders if Lex, his biggest rival, is actually doing this for the good of the city and has made Superman irrelevant. Perry White wants to know how the best reporters in the city (Lois and Clark) didn't see this whole LexCorp crime fighting thing coming, and Lois is just as awesome in being Lois as she has been in this series. At the very end, Lex's crime fighting technology decides to treat a man skipping out on his cafe bill as a super-villian. Clark, dressed in his civies, jumps in front of the laser beam and takes the hit for him. To be continued!

Bits and Pieces

This is a quick read but also very much worth it. Per usual with this series, the art and the character interaction is great. The initial fight between Superman and Titano is pretty cool, Lex is sketchy enough to assume another agenda is at hand, and how the conflict within Clark is portrayed is impressively just... true to who Clark is. Yet another awesome and fun issue in this run!


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