Thursday, June 28, 2018

THE MAN OF STEEL #5 by Brian Michael Bendis - Book Review

From the publisher: Beaten by Rogol Zaar, his city burning at the hands of an unknown arsonist and the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon drawing closer to revelation—even Superman feels powerless against all that stands before him.

Brian Michael Bendis gives us the penultimate issue of The Man of Steel with issue #5. This issue pushes events to the edge of the climax as Bendis begins to bring the various threads of this story together.

In this issue, we see Superman joined by a few of his "super" friends as Metropolis is reeling in the aftermath of the battle between Superman, Supergirl, and Rogol Zaar. The mysterious fires that have been plaguing Metropolis resurface, as Chief Moore and her fellow firefighters may have discovered a pattern to the blazes. Finally, we get a little more of a glimpse into the whereabouts of Lois and Jon, and just what might have caused a rift between Lois and Clark. Suffice it to say that family issues arise.

Bendis is doing a fine job with this series, and I'm curious to discover just how he will wrap it up. There is a lot of action, but I don't really feel like the characterization has been a focus. For instance, Chief Moore is a new character and we haven't found out anything about her, other than there was an awkward "flirty" interaction between Superman and her. I'd also like to see a little more about Rogol Zaar. He's kind of a stock villain right now, but there must be more to his motivation to "cleanse" all Kryptonians.

I would recommend The Man of Steel #5 by Brian Michael Bendis, but it's not the place to start. Go back and pick up the previous issues, or wait for the collected edition. While Superman isn't my favorite hero, I'm sure The Man of Steel is resonating with fans, and it may be bringing in new readers as well.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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