Monday, August 22, 2005

LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL #5

I was a bit mixed on this final issue -- some earlier threads seemed dropped, some events rather random -- until I reread the first issue, when it all snapped into place with an audible click. Lex Luthor knew what he was doing and so did Brian Azzarello; they were both being very sly.

I've said it before and I'll say it once more: if you skipped this mini-series because you weren't impressed with Azzarello's previous adventures in the DCU, you owe it to yourself to pick up the trade once it is solicited. At the very least for Lee Bermejo's gorgeous, striking art, but also for one of the most subtle and nuanced bad-guy stories in recent memory. What Azzarello missed the target on in Batman and didn't quite get a grip on in Superman, he absolutely nailed here.



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