A surprisingly good collaboration by Bates, Maggin!, Swan, & Oskner. This would've been very easy to mess up, but instead, it keeps what's central to the Superman mythos & adds new & interesting twists, making it every bit as good as the best of the 1990s "Elseworlds" Superman tales. Inspiring. 4/5 stars.
Post by wildfire2099 on Jun 16, 2017 19:26:11 GMT -5
So I got some Bronze Age Superman books cheap to save shipping on one of the Scalphunter lots I bought.. .I came here to see what Scott said about them, but apparently it's just after he stopped... so
So telepathic space dogs are keeping a woman dressed as a pirate alive with their telekinetic powers.. they can apparently alter her cellular structure, but can work space ship controls.
Yeah... when I type that it sounds silly, but it was actually a pretty good story that felt like it would be a fun 60s sci fi short story if Superman wasn't in it. It sorta felt like a life lesson for the big guy.
Back in Metropolis.. Lana Lang is brought in to be his TV anchor co-host, so we get some flashbacks there.
Parasite has drained Superman of his powers, and has control of the space laser defense system, and is planning on destroying Metropolis if he doesn't get ONE BILLION DOLLARS. This one was clearly the final part of a 2 or 3 parter, but it was pretty clear what was going on. Oh, and Solomon Grundy was involved too in a very head scratching way. This one was a good example of a silly Superman story (at one point he dives into the ocean to push the Earth out of orbit so the laser misses, then puts it back.. while not being at full strength).. #318 was way better. Funnily enough, this issue has the letters from #318, which were very mixed... a couple people liking the seriousness, others critizing the terrible science.
Not much character stuff, except at the very end with Lois (the letter page claims they'll be a wedding for the 40th anniversary.. for real. I assume Earth 2, or some other multi-verse sheninigans happened?) Talk about the worst present ever.. a ring that shows what you really want to happen? No relationship could survive that.
Post by wildfire2099 on Jun 22, 2017 7:40:15 GMT -5
#327 Superman Vs. Kobra
Kobra 'the deadliest man alive' has a plot, and Superman has to stop him. It's pretty convoluted, and calls back to a few issues ago, when Superman stopped a runaway plane with a neurotoxin in it. Kobra apparently was scouring Metropolis with sand from the bottom of the sea to get the bits of toxin off the dust from the buildings and reconstituting it.
Superman comes in because Kobra needs him to collect the sand back up after he covers Metropolis with it. He snatches Ma and Pa Kent from the past to blackmail him with. Superman does a bunch of ridiculous, silver age things to foil him.
In the back up, 'Mr. and Mrs. Superman' survive a couple assassination attempts moving into their new apartment (seemingly a continuation of the Earth 2 wedding in Action a bit back.) The hook is Lois is the one that has to come up with the secret identity excuses, which is kinda fun.