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Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Variant cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Size: 32 pages
I’m going to be sad to see Perez depart this book. I know a lot of readers dislike it for its density. I get that. But I like having at least one book I can turn to for that, and the thing is, the density isn’t misused.
If I’m honest, SUPERMAN #5 isn’t a new story. Not really. But then, what Superman story is? But it’s a fine one, one that bears telling in a universe in which its predecessors don’t canonically exist, to an audience that may contain many readers who have never read them. If you want stories you’ve never ever read before, you probably shouldn’t be looking in a book that dates back 70 years.
I really dig Nicola Scott’s art with Trevor Scott’s inks. The visuals lack the really unique qualities of BATWOMAN or THE FLASH, but within the boundaries of pretty traditional layout its really attractive. Superman looks great. He’s still sporting the Jim Lee redesign, which I happened to like fine, and the details are consistent and well-rendered here.
The other thing that the narrative density does for a comic is make splash pages feel less cheap. There’s some good ones of Superman in here, and with the amount of stuff going on on other pages the effect does not feel like a waste of space.
You know, I just really like this book. I really do. A lot.
Art: 4 - Very Good