This series has been absolutely fantastic so far, and this issue is certainly no exception. Man Of Tomorrow #5 really feels like a nostalgic breath of fresh air, and I have been eagerly waiting for the next issue each and every week.
First up, let’s take a look at the cover drawn by Paul Pelletier, and inked by Drew Hennessy. Well, I adore it. It’s very cartoonistic, but also extremely detailed and realistic at the same time, and that is a rare skill. The use of colours by Adriano Lucas are magnificent. It really brings the piece to life. The use of shading and highlighting is expertly done. This is one of those covers that just catches your attention and it acts as a perfect start to a great issue.
Man Of Tomorrow #5 is a fantastic, yet very quick read which I simply couldn’t put down. The issue focuses around morals and the idea of Superman allowing someone else to step in and make the city safer. That someone else being, none other than Lex Luthor. Whilst Superman could always do with the help in Metropolis, Lex’s methods are incredibly strict and non-compassionate which completely goes against Superman’s beliefs. Leading to our hero being declared a Supervillain by Lexcorps latest technology.
Robert Vendetti clearly understands each and every character that he is working with in this series. I have to say his Perry White is absolutely superb, some of his one-liners really brought a smile to my face. In addition to this the interactions between Lois and Clark as husband and wife are beautiful and so encouraging. This really is a marriage you want to aspire to have one day, and it really shows that Superman needs Lois Lane, just as much (if not more) than Metropolis needs Superman. That is something that really grounds this larger than life character.
I really love the way that Clark is worried about his past judgement and feelings towards Lex Luthor. After all they’ve been through, he wants to give him the benefit of the doubt, even though it is extremely likely that something sinister will follow. This is what Superman is all about, forgiveness, second chances and allowing people the opportunity to better themselves. That aspect of the issue really showed how humble and human Superman really is, despite his background and abilities he still doubts himself, something that we all do.
I have to say it has been quite refreshing to be back in a world that doesn’t know that Clark Kent is Superman. Whilst I am really enjoying that series and the story-line, that’s really gives this series that nostalgic feeling to it. It’s quite fun to go back to that notion and have a series that is following it’s own timeline.
The artwork throughout the issue and series is fantastic. Just like the cover, it’s incredibly cartoonistic, yet so detailed that it brings a huge sense of realism to it. Paul Pelletier really has mastered this concept throughout and his artwork in tandem with Drew Hennessy’s inks and Antonio Lucas’ colour really brings this issue and it’s contents to life. There are some pages that are purely artwork focused which I just had to stop and pause to look at. They are truly spectacular and a total feast for the eyes.
So far, I am really enjoying this series and look forward to the next issue and what it has in store for us grateful readers!