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Local Man #5

Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Half dead and all out of F#¢K$, LOCAL MAN is left brutally beaten by a man he once considered a father. Now, trapped in the 4th Gen Training Facility, he’s stalked by the true killer of the Hodag, and THIRD GEN isn’t coming to help him when he needs them most!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
40 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Comic Watch

    The surface-level plot wraps up nicely, the action is well-placed and weighty, and the teases setup by the backup story and the main story’s ending set up an arc that could even surpass the masterful work of storytelling seen with this one. I will break the reviewer’s code here and use some personal pronouns, but the thematic resonance of this issue made me emotional while reading.

    Visually, the book sits on the same playing field as before. Each story uses its visuals in the best possible way, and both levels echo their story’s themes well within both the pencil and coloring work.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Local Man #5 gives readers a very satisfying conclusion to the initial mystery of the book while planting seeds to for what is next. Jack Xaver’s life is anything but normal with the complex losses he keeps taking. Fleecs and Seeley have raised the stakes with excellent writing and art painting the picture of a broken hero. You need to add this series into your comic collection.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Fleecs and Seeley bring this arc to an engaging, satisfying and surprising end with great action, intrigue and a reveal that I did not see coming. The story is incredibly engaging and has some really prescient points to make throughout. Beyond that, the story has some fun and exciting action and the conflicts Jack has not only with the town, but with his himself and his former team make for some great drama.

    The Art: Fleecs and Seeley have wonderfully complementary art styles and both parts of the story look fantastic with both the gritty reality of the present story and the 90’s style of the past story working perfectly together visually.

  • 90

    Major Spoilers

    The closure is nice, but Local Man #5 has enough unresolved plot points for another arc, or (dare I hope) an ongoing series, and the creative team’s back-and-forth of art and story makes for a unique experience that also serves as an anniversary celebration for Image Comics itself. If you haven’t been following this book, you’re missing out on a truly innovative comic book experience.

  • 90

    Local Man consistently manages to be nothing short of incredible, crafting a reverential but biting take on the ins and outs of 90s superhero storytelling. The narrative Tim Seeley and Tony Fleecs craft is an effortless spiral of wit and action, delivering some emotional gut punches in both the main and backup story. The aesthetic also gets even more inspired with each passing panel, especially where the homages are concerned. Don’t sleep on this series.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Local Man #5 delivers an incredible ending to one of the must-have comic books of 2023. The payoff for all the building blocks placed by the first four issues cement the world Local Man exist in something you want to read more about. If you haven’t read Local Man yet do yourself a favor and pick up this comic book to experience it for yourself.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Local Man #5 is a solid finale and with that ending, we’ll hopefully get more. It has been a fantastic example of adding to what has come before but also doing your own thing. The series has opened up a whole world building on classic Image superheroes while at the same time carving its own path.

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    Seeley has done a pretty good job of representing some of the look and feel of contemporary middle-aged guy fashion in rural eastern Wisconsin. It’s not like it’s too terribly interesting to watch visually, though. The specific powers of the two guys involved in the conflict DO have a bit of flash to them, and the brutal kinetics of the action can pack quite a punch when it hits the page at the right angles. There isn’t enough novelty in the specific atmosphere that they’re going for to distinguish it from any other fight in any other superhero comic book, though.

    And maybe that’s the whole point. When seen from the right perspective, the gorgeous battles between toned figures in brightly-colored costumes that hit the page with such grace and form…really aren’t all that different than a couple of middle-aged guys beating the hell out of each other at the Community Center. Aggression is aggression, and conflict is conflict. Writers and artists can be as realistic as they want, but on some level, all action is aggression and violence, and…it’s all ugly. All of it. That doesn’t mean that it’s particularly interesting on the comics page, though.

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