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Steelworks #5 (of 6)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


Our heroes brace for impact as a startling new weapon emerges from deep beneath Hob’s Bay to wreak havoc on Metropolis!

As the fight for the future of the city nears its shocking final showdown, Steel and Superwoman’s combined powers-and their engagement-will be tested like never before!

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23 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 92

    Comic Watch

    Steelworks #5 is a huge issue in an already successful series. Eventually the story had to dig deeper into the motivations of its characters. This issue does that in spades.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Dorn creates an intense and exciting story that takes the time to grow and evolve the character of John Henry Irons while also giving great moments with him and Lana. I really loved the backstory in the issue as well as the contemplative moments John has that show his evolving and changing thoughts on being a hero. The action is amazing as well and I loved the build up to the final moments and how excited I am to see what happens next.

    The Art: Basri and Cifuentes deliver fantastic art throughout the issue. The action is visually impressive and captures the thrilling tone of the story.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    As John Henry ponders his future and if he’s doing the right thing for Metropolis, Walker pulls his trump card—a massive Steel robot that can not only neutralize the powers of Superman, but will likely damn Steel by association. It’s a strong issue before what’s sure to be an explosive finish.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    On the smaller level, told wonderfully through a series of flashbacks, Dorn details the origin of Walker and Kerry, Steel’s two adversaries. Kerry has a strong sympathetic back story while Walker is an obnoxious rich guy. These are solid Steel villains, but they don’t and should not be matched up against Superman and family. I wonder if this was an editorial mandate to work Superman in as Dorn has done an excellent job of making Steel a likable character fully capable of carrying his own title. Now it’s time for the DC editors to realize that as well.

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    I don’t usually have high hopes for celebrities who come in to write but Dorn has acquited himself well.

    Sami Basri and Vicente Cifuentes remain on art and bring a fun atmosphere. I like the art here a lot, just veering to the cartoonish without crossing it.

    I’ll be sad to see this end.

  • 80

    Superman Homepage

    We get a pretty standard issue on past motives. Mr. Walker is a very generic evil business man villain, and his past experience is very generic too. The villain who is becoming more interesting is Shawn Kerry. I enjoyed his back story, seeing him prayed as just a regular who lost everything because of the corporate battle was intriguing.

    The Mecha Suit was cool, but the whole scene of the Superfamily losing to it was lame. I understand the justification provided, but it would have just been better if the Superfamily hadn’t been there.

  • 70

    I’m really rooting for Steelworks and issues like this are why. I think that Dorn has a fantastic handling on John Henry Irons, examining his place in Metropolis and what makes him unique within the DCU. This issue spends a lot of time focusing on the back stories of its villains and if you’ve been following my reviews of the series to this point, you know this is akin to walking a tight rope for the story of Steel. Walker as a main villain remains quite one dimensional but this is made up for in spades when it comes to the Silver Mist. Kerry’s backstory is a tragic one and works well at showing how Irons was ultimately responsible for his “birth” in more ways than one. With this being the penultimate issue, here’s to hoping that the mini-series is able to stick the landing and end strong.

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