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Superman & Lois – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on February 24, 2021

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  • Title: Superman & Lois – Pilot
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Superman & Lois - Pilot television review

Set after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths on a rebooted Earth, the “Pilot” of Superman & Lois introduces Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin), Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and their twin teenage sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alex Garfin). After a montage reintroducing Superman (complete with several callbacks and nods to various versions of the character over the years), the story starts in earnest with the death of Martha Kent (Michele Scarabelli) and a return to Smallville for the Kent family. While not shown on camera, it appears one of the major villains of the series will be Morgan Edge whose influence is destroying The Daily Planet and also has turned his attention to acquiring land in Smallville. There’s also a more immeadiate threat in an armored villain looking to take down Superman who apparently has some ties to Lex Luthor.

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Action Comics #1028

by Alan Rapp on December 28, 2020

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Action Comics #1028 comic reviewAction Comics #1028 offers an epilogue to “The House of Kents,” and really Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.’s entire run on the title. Most notable for some small moments, the issue works to both catch-up readers who may have not read every issue as well as set-up a new status quo within The Daily Planet whose new owner is… Jimmy Olsen?

Aside from Jimmy summarizing the storyline from his Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen series which gave him half of Lex Luthor’s fortune (and provided the capital needed to buy The Daily Planet), the comic also catches readers up on Conner Kent suggesting that the clone’s powers may have a shelf-life. It also takes Connor back to the Kent Farm (which seems a little odd given his reunion with the Kents was already covered in Action Comics #1022) and also reintroduces him to an old friend.

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Lois & Clark – The Source

by Alan Rapp on November 10, 2020

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  • Title: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – The Source
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Lois & Clark - The Source

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Metropolis for another episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Journalism, more than spandex-clad heroics, is the driving force behind “The Source.” Exposing the corruption of a local tech company knowingly shipping out faulty switches backfires for Lois (Teri Hatcher) when the company pressures her source (Peter Scolari) into retracting his statement and then attempts to silence him for good. Facing lawsuits and pressure from The Daily Planet’s board of directors, Perry (Lane Smith) has no choice but to suspend Lois when her whistleblower appears to have been killed, taking any possible evidence to his grave. Scolari is fun as the neurotic Stuart, who manages to have a couple of tricks up his sleeve (such as the safety inspector covertly passing a note to the reporter).

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  • Title: Superman: The Animated Series – Solar Power
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Superman: The Animated Series - Solar Power television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the animated streets of Metropolis and a hero who can leap tall buildings in a single bound. “Solar Power” opens with a prison break as Edward Lytener (Robert Hays) escapes Stryker’s Prison with new tech and a new plan to take down Superman (Tim Daly). Now calling himself Luminus, Lytener uses satellites around Metropolis to filter the sun’s rays making the sun appear red. Part of the genius of the plan is that the villain instigates it during a period of stormy weather with dark gray skies leading to Superman unknowingly slowly weakening without the yellow sun’s rays to replenishing him. Once the clouds part, it becomes obvious what the villain has done.

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Superman #25

by Alan Rapp on September 15, 2020

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Superman #25 comic reviewSince his arrival at DC Comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis has offered up several intriguing stories. Unfortunately, the over-sized Superman #25 isn’t one of them. Despite the extra pages (and increased price), the comic feels incomplete.

What Superman #25 does offer is two storylines, neither of which is resolved. The first involves an alien race, planet, and character all known as Synmar who have apparently been watching over the universe in their own way for millennia. They witness the destruction of Krypton and recognize the possible threat of a sole survivor on Earth and keep vigilance. However, after seeing what he becomes they decide to make their own Superman.

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