Monday, November 21, 2011

This issue: Superman beats up a guy in a skirt...

'Quarter' is just a fancy way of screaming 'Uncle!'
I've read only a couple of issues from the crossover Our Worlds at War (and I think I blogged the Flash and Green Lantern's issues before) and had to look up on wikipedia who died in that one: Aquaman, but he came back. Guy Gardner, except that may have been a mistake, he was fine. Hippolyta? No, she came back too. OWaW couldn't even kill off the Kents or Lois Lane's dad.

Steel may have been considered dead, or merely MIA: he was trapped in some kind of Apokolips-built armor. Which leads to today's issue, the one-shot Superman versus Darkseid: Apokolips Now! Written by Mark Schultz, pencils by Mike McKone, inks by Marlo Alquiza and Cam Smith. Supes challenges Darkseid, one on one, for John Henry Iron's life. Darkseid doesn't buy it, thinking (or acting) like Superman is gunning for the throne of Apokolips.

After getting a Mother Box from Big Barda--who strikes me as one of the few heroes, who if you tell her this isn't her concern, don't get involved, she'll take you at your word and leave you to it then--Superman has the Eradicator, Superboy, Krypto, and a pair of Supergirls cover Apokolips so Darkseid's forces can't interfere. (Two Supergirls? This was from the very tail end of Peter David's Supergirl run, with the Linda Danvers/angel version and a Silver-agey version of Kara Zor-El.) Natasha Irons, John's niece, disobeys Supes and armors herself up so she can find her uncle.
Well, mostly dead...

Meanwhile, Superman quite simply whups Darkseid. By working his face, Supes blinds Darkseid, beating him until his eyes swell shut and taking the Omega Effect out of the equation. Supes offers to keep the fight under his hat, if he gets Steel; and the injured hero is recovered...although Nat seems to think she is going to be Steel, going forward.

The Superman 10-Cent Adventure and accompanying new direction was advertised in the back of this issue, so this was a bit of a reset. Still, I like Mike McKone's art; and this issue moves along even while rehashing Our Worlds of Whatnot...

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