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Justice League: War’s Andrea Romano, James Tucker, & Jay Oliva Preview Tomorrow’s Release

When you get Andrea Romano, James Tucker and Jay Oliva together for a DC/Warner Bros animated project, it’s bound to be brilliant. Having worked together on previous animated films like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts 1 & 2, and the Flashpoint Paradox, they are now bringing their newest masterpiece, Justice League: War, to Digital Home Video, Blu-ray, and DVD. The Digital version is already available, while the other versions will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, in stores everywhere.

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 8


You can check out the previous installments of this rather lengthy series here.

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Action Comics #591

If the cover isn’t clear enough for you, this issue has Superman fighting Superboy while the Legion of Superheroes watch from a safe distance and bet on which one’s going to come out on top. The issue also has Krypto the super dog, and some semblance of comic book continuity. In the interest of saving you a lot of time, don’t bother wondering who won. I read the issue five times, used an excel spreadsheet to score each combatant, and I’m still not entirely sure who won.

As for why they are fighting, Superman #8 had Superman learning of a parallel reality where Clark Kent already had fully developed powers as a kid, became Superboy, and traveled to the future and joined the Legion of Super-Heroes. It turns out this was all part of an extremely roundabout ruse by a villain named The Time Trapper. He’s a guy who lives at the end of time and spends all day watching costumed teenagers through his time portals, apparently. TTT is so obsessed with those crazy kids at the Legion of Super-Heroes that he created an entire universe where Superboy exists and then had the Boy of Steel infiltrate the team. There was probably a less complicated way to get a spy in there, but you have to admire the guy’s insanity/dedication.

Anyway, Superman ends up in Superboy’s universe and meets alternate versions of his friends and family in Smallville, then gets into a fight with Superboy (who is under the control of The Time Trapper) and his intelligent flying dog Krypto. However, Superman then realizes Superboy is intentionally throwing the fight because he doesn’t want to obey the Traper’s orders anymore. So, Superboy turns good again and he and the Legion of Super-Heroes go off to fight The Time Trapper at the end of time, but they don’t let Superman come with them because he’s old and lame. (And to protect the sanctity of the timestream I guess.)

Batman vs. Superman Delayed


It looks like all the attention that Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel is getting isn’t enough to ensure that we’ll get our Batman vs. Superman fix within a couple of years, as TheWrap has recently reported that the film has been delayed until May 6, 2016. According to the report, over ten months of delay is the result of the studio being given enough time to “realise fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 7

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Adventures of Superman #430

Adventures of Superman #430

Clark Kent goes through a bunch of personal problems in this issue, the first one as a result of missing a bunch of Daily Planet assignments because he was too busy flying around in his underwear and punching stuff. On top of that, he was also busy organizing his parents’ anniversary in Smallville but missed out on the party itself because he was too busy losing a fight against the C-list supervillain group the Fearsome Five.

The Fearsome Five is worth noting – they are enemies of the Teen Titans, but they ended up losing so much to the teenagers that they decided to pack up and go – all three of them. Did I mention that there are only three of them left but they kept the “Five” in their name? Maybe thinking of a new name is hard. Or maybe they’ve already created a website and paid for a domain name in advance and they don’t want that to go to waste.

So, anyway, The Fearsome Five, the geniuses that they are – decide that they have had enough of getting their asses kicked by the Teen Titans so they moved to Metropolis, which is home to a superhero who’s ten times more powerful than all the members of Teen Titans combined and it surprisingly worked well enough in their favor: because Superman is powered by rainbows, and when he’s sad there is nothing in the sky but rain.

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 6

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Superman #6

This is the second part of Superman vs. Huge Robot Mummy, which had superman getting knocked out by a giant robot discovered in an excavation in South America. And this is not your typical Science-powered robot – it contains the souls of 500 members of an advanced race that lived on Earth half a million years ago, and every single one of them is a jerk.

Most of the jerks left the planet when germs started killing them, but a bunch stuck around by putting their souls inside the robot and burying it deep. Isn’t that the plot of a John Travolta film or something?

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 5

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Adventures of Superman #427

Superman invades the country that sent a terrorist Voltron to Metropolis a couple of issues ago. The country is named Qurac, and is being lead by a certain president Marlo who’s-okay, screw this. The country is obviously modeled after Iraq and President Marlo looks like Saddam Hussein or one of his many body doubles. It was 1987.

So basically, Superman went to Qurac and used his super alien powers to throw tanks around whoop a few Quracis until he reaches the office of President Marlo and pushes him against a wall. Here comes the swerve: A couple of mysterious butt-ugly mutants living in Qurac’s sewers telepathically mess with Superman’s head, making him think he’s back on Krypton with his parents, who tell him he should be ruling the world. Superman has to abandon his meeting with the president and go for a nap in his hotel room (or Clark’s hotel room). Once there, the sewer mutants go back to messing with Superman’s head, making him see visions of past villains and potential lovers (Lois, Lana and Cat) taunting him about his motives for helping people. Superman resists, though, and the main mutant, Prana, dies from all the mental stress.

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 4

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Superman #3

Superman 3

This issue has Darkseid, who is the ruler of the butt-end of the universe a.k.a. Apokolips, enacting a nefarious plan in which he transports Superman to his planet using some sort of teleport beam or something. However, the mighty Darkseid is completely baffled by the fact that his teleporting rays didn’t bring Superman over. Instead, it brought some random jerk named Clark Kent. So he chooses to toss Clark into the place called Armaghetto, which is basically like a ghetto, but crappier and infested by a race of aggressive space bums and beggars.

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 3

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Action Comics #584

Action Comics 584

This happened around the time when there were three ongoing Superman titles at the same time. The main series was Superman, Adventures of Superman was the one where they try to make Superman more like Batman, and Action Comics is the one where Superman is constantly running into other superheroes. In Action Comics #584, it’s the New Teen Titans sharing panel space with big blue.

This issue stays true to the age-old tradition of making Superman look like a jerk on the cover, only to reveal inside the pages that it was just a dream or something even more silly, like they were just rehearsing for a play. In this case, it’s a guy who looks like Stephen Hawking tricking Superman into switching bodies with him. So this Hawking look-alike now has the powers of a god. What does he do with it? If you said anything other than punch buildings, you’d be wrong.

Luckily for Superman, the New Teen Titans are around to help him regain his body. Unfortunately for the New Teen Titans, they have to spend a few pages being mowed down by Super Stephen Hawking.

This issue is notable because it has a scene where Luthor notices that most Superman articles are written by Clark Kent, thereby proving that he’s the most intelligent man on the planet, and is a better investigative journalist than the entire staff of the Daily Planet combined.

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 2

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You can check out the first part of this rather lengthy series here.

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The Man of Steel #5

This issue has Lex Luthor trying to create a “perfect” duplicate of Superman, which is weird because a perfect copy of Superman would do everything that the original does, including 1. ) Punch Luthor and 2.) Throw Luthor in Jail. Fortunately for Luthor, the clone turned out wrong because of Superman’s alien DNA and because Science is Hard.

However, it turns out perfecting the cloning process is not the only thing that Luthor’s team sucks at, because they managed to botch the disposal process as well, resulting in the defective clone – Bizzaro – going to Metropolis and messing things up, because that is how he rolls.

Meanwhile, Lois’ sister Lucy, who is blind (what?!) suddenly starts to regain her eyesight due to the dust that comes off Bizzaro’s face (you’d think this is weird and entirely without precedent, but I distinctly remember an old Superfriends episode where Superman’s boogers managed to cure cancer and bring the recently dead back to life.) The climax of the issue has Bizarro sacrificing himself during a fight with Superman so that Lucy can see again.

This issue establishes that you can’t really clone a Kryptonian perfectly, which is going to come up again during Reign of the Supermen when an attempt to clone Kal-El resulted in the birth of Superboy.

Superman Retrospective ’86 – ’99 pt. 1

Maxwell Yezpitelok's Superman Retrospective '86 - '99

I’m more of a comics guy than a cartoon guy, but it turns out that a lot of comic book characters also have cartoon shows, so it kind of fits. This is going to be a thorough chronological examination of the best/worst period in Batman’s history, but I saw that Toonbarn already has way too much real estate devoted to the bats and it turns out that I had a more extensive library of Superman’s comic books from ’86 – ’99. Thus begins my in-depth examination of every single Superman continuity comic between 1986 and 1999 (even the ones that really suck).

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