Superman

Action Comics #1009

by Alan Rapp on April 9, 2019

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Action Comics #1009 comic reviewAction Comics #1009 picks up directly where the previous issue left off, with Amanda Waller revealing she knows Superman‘s secret identity and asking for help now that a number of secret government agencies have become the target of Leviathan. While Waller’s version of events seems to point Talia al Ghul, Superman finds little corroboration of this (and an angry Lois makes it a little difficult for Waller to provide further information).

Much is still left unanswered as Brian Michael Bendis teases us with possibilities but no clear answers. Aside from Lois cold cocking Amanda Waller, the issue is also memorable for an appearance by the Question (who has shown up to guard Sam Lane). I’m always happy to see the character who I’m sure has more than a few of his own questions, and theories, about what is going on.

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The Reign of the Supermen

by Alan Rapp on March 6, 2019

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  • Title: The Reign of the Supermen
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The Reign of the Supermen Blu-ray reviewThe follow-up to The Death of Superman jumps forward six months later as four new Superman have appeared in Metropolis, each claiming to be the original. Adapted from the comic arc of the same name, The Reign of the Supermen introduces us to the Eradicator (Charles Halford), Superboy (Cameron Monaghan), Cyborg-Superman (Jerry O’Connell), and Steel (Cress Williams). Each attempts to fill the shoes of the fallen hero, but with different motives and ideals in mind. Of course, before the end, the real Superman (O’Connell) will return (clad in the black and silver suit from the original comic run) to save the day.

While mainly focused on Lois Lane‘s (Rebecca Romijn) grief and investigation into the new stand-ins, the plot also involves Darkseid‘s (Tony Todd) latest plan to invade Earth involving one of the Supermen and turning citizens into conduits for Boom Tubes. The odd plan comes so close to success it even requires Lex Luthor (Rainn Wilson) to save the Justice League.

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Action Comics #1008

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2019

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Action Comics #1008 comic reviewAction Comics #1008 is most notable for returning Lois Lane to The Daily Planet newsroom for the first time in months. This includes some fun interactions between Lois and various of the newsroom (and one very important altercation that doesn’t take place). We also some fun dialogue between Lois and Superman on the way in to work.

The larger arc ties into the attack Jimmy Olsen witnessed on the Kobra cult last issue, as more attacks are made. The Department of Extranormal Operations is leveled (only Adam Strange’s presence allows for some survivors) and attacks are made on both Amanda Waller and General Lane (who may or may not be dead at this point).

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Action Comics #1006

by Alan Rapp on January 9, 2019

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Action Comics #1006 comic reviewThere’s a moment in Action Comics #1006, a single page of panels from artist Ryan Sook, that gets to the heart of Superman by elegantly showcasing his compassion, nobility, and gravitas. On a single page writer Brian Michael Bendis delivers what was lacking in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (and the subsequent DC movies) – Superman’s humanity. This is a hero.

The latest issue continues the “Invisible Mafia” arc as underground gangsters hope to stay under the Man of Steel’s radar while Superman comes into conflict with Red Cloud who attacks Superman’s new pal Melody Moore and is met not by malice by from Metropolis’ hero, but a sincere offer of help. This is a hero.

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Supergirl – Elseworlds (Part 3)

by Alan Rapp on December 12, 2018

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  • Title: Supergirl – Elseworlds (Part 3)
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Supergirl - Elseworlds (Part 3) television review

Although apparently it will be the last we see of him for awhile, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) gets quite a bit of screentime in the the “Elseworlds” finale as Hoechlin does double duty as both the Man of Steel and the new form of John Deegan (Jeremy Davies). As with the previous two episodes, Part 3 gives us more nods and winks at both Crisis of Infinite Earths (which apparently will be next year’s big crossover) and other famous moments of our heroes climaxing in the Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) circling the globe (Superman: The Movie) so quickly they begin to burn themselves out of existence (Crisis of Infinite Earths). The visuals work quite well, even if the logic of the entire segment seems pretty shaky on multiple levels.

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