Superman

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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Arrow – Elseworlds (Part 2)

by Alan Rapp on December 12, 2018

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  • Title: The Flash – Elseworlds (Part 2)
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Arrow - Elseworlds (Part 2) television review

“Elseworlds” continues as Barry (Grant Gustin), Oliver (Stephen Amell), and Kara (Melissa Benoist) head to Gotham City in search of the person responsible for the changes to reality. Who they find is Batwoman (Ruby Rose). As with Part 1, this episode has plenty of Easter Eggs for DC Comics fans including John Wesley Shipp in his classic Flash costume appearing in a vision (not unlike the Flash did in Crisis on Infinite Earths). The episode also cements a couple of points that, up until now, the Arrowverse has been coy about discussing: Batman exists on both Earths, although he’s been absent from the Gotham City of Earth-1 for quite some time.

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