It’s Superman vs. Captain Comet for the fate of young neo sapien Susie Tompkins in Action Comics #12.
Action Comics #12
After overcoming Comet’s mental attack, Superman engages the neo sapien in physical combat. Meanwhile, Susie Tompkins uses her own mental powers to try and save her aunt Lois. With Susie’s help, Superman eventually defeats Comet, who retreats to his ship. Superman then uses his super speed and super mind to perform surgery on Lois, saving her life. Later, Batman convinces Superman that “Clark Kent” is worth saving, considering how many people he’s helped with his articles, and Clark’s landlady offers to use her newly revealed 5th Dimensional powers to erase Clark’s death from history.
Overall, I have to say, this was not my favorite issue. First off, like issue 4, this was mostly just one long fight. Morrison does a lot of things well, but straight up super-hero fisticuffs is just not one of them. It reads like anyone could have written those sections, meanwhile, Superman unfortunately reverts to his old habit of getting beaten up, then proclaiming awesomely that he’s through screwing around, and then… forgets to do something awesome, or even finish the fight conclusively.
While I liked all the 5th Dimensional stuff at the end of the book, I take issue with Mrs. Nxly simply making everyone forget Clark’s death. That’s a little too retcon-y for me, especially after going through like 4 reboots in 10 years.
Last issue set up so many interesting plot points. Superman’s Johnny Clark identity, Susie Tompkins’ evolved status, Lois on the verge of death. And yet each one was dealt with here with simple deus ex machinas.
I know Superman has the potential to be the world’s greatest doctor, but there is something just so cheap and easy about his using his powers to save Lois that way. It smacks of reversing the rotation of the Earth to save her in the Movie. Only here, there is nowhere near the level of emotion, as Clark and Lois are barely even friends, much less in love.
I guess my problem is that I’m having a hard time finding the theme here. Morrison has never been a writer who just writes about “stuff happening.” It’s always allegory. It always means something. But this all just feels like a bunch of stuff that happened one day.
Although I did laugh at Superman putting his street clothes on over his suit classic style. Almost like giving the finger to the nano-tech explanation for his armor in the SUPERMAN title.
Also, anyone else notice Batman slipping a tracker on Supes in their last panel together?
Again, the ending with Clark’s landlady managed to keep me excited for the next issue. But then I realized next month is the line-wide Zero issue, so we’ll have to wait even longer to see this all play out. Why does it feel like every time we build a little momentum with this series, there’s an interlude issue that trips everything up?
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Still better than the SUPERMAN title||Too many easy outs for interesting plots|