Title: Man of Steel (2018-) #5
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Jason Fabok, Adam Hughes
Cover: Joe Prado
Publication Date: June 27, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “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.”
There are rough days in the office, and then there are rough days in the office. Unfortunately for Superman, this is another of those rough days. Superman is getting very close to putting all the pieces together, to getting all the answers to his questions. But the fight is not over yet, and Superman still has some big reveals in store.
The issue opens with Superman pretty banged up, from his last encounter with Rogol Zaar. But the hero is determined as ever. However, the task of defeating Rogol Zaar is proving to be more difficult and complex than Superman first imagined. And now there is the added threat, the death con 1, if you will, to the Earth. Which was something, I really wasn’t expecting. Rogol Zaar has turned out to be quite the evil mastermind in his deranged quest to rid the galaxy of all Kryptonians. Brian Michael Bendis may have tricked us all when writing this series, because, like the Man of Steel himself, I really thought Rogol Zaar was all about that brute strength. But, as they say, hindsight is 20/20, and all Superman can do now is try and stop Rogol Zaar’s evil plan, saving the Kryptonians and the planet. Easy, right?
Keeping up with Bendis’ story is Fabok and Hughes, who visually create this series. Their images range from bright and detailed to dark, moody and gritty, supplying just the right emotion to each panel. And then there is the panel where we see Supergirl lift her cousin from the moon’s surface. It’s dark and full of emotion, both for the characters and the readers.
The Bottom Line:
Brian Michael Bendis has consistently kept the pace of this series. Every time you think you know what’s coming next, Bendis takes a left turn. The result has been a complex and full bodied story.