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Superman #23.1 - Bizarro (Spoilers)

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:44 am

I wasn’t initially planning on picking this book up, because I dropped Lobdell’s Superman, but I like Bizarro, so, what the hell. Interestingly this story wasn’t really about Bizarro himself, but instead about his creator, Lex Luthor. It seems like DC are going back to basics with Bizarro, no square-shaped Earth full of opposites, just a clone of Superman gone wrong.

This issue is written by Sholly Fisch, who did a good job of writing the various back-up stories during Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run, so it was cool to see him revisit those stories for this issue. We open with a flashback to Morrison’s run, where we see how Luthor gets his hands on Superman’s DNA, and then we see him attempt to use it to create his own Superman that he can control. Of course, it goes wrong and Lex has to fight an out of control monster. It turns out that combining Superman’s DNA with a human won’t work, so he’ll have to do a straight-up clone, and that’s where the issue ends, with a mysterious clone floating in a tank labelled ‘B-0’, which seems to indicate Bizarro.

It looks like this story will continue in Forever Evil, as I suspect with Superman ‘dead’, Lex will have to use Bizarro to go up against Ultraman. That’s another problem with these Villain’s Month comics, you don’t know how they connect to other comics, some of them are continuing ongoing plots (and not always for the book they are numbered for), some are tied-in directly with the crossover, and others are just standalone stories, and you don’t know what’s what until you slap down your $4, it’s confusing.

But anyway, this was a decent story, Fisch gets the world of Superman, and I’m excited to see what Bizarro is like when he does finally appear, I think this more stripped-down, Byrne-era approach works better for me than the Silver-Age nonsense. The art here comes from Jeff Johnson, who I’m not familiar with, but he does an OK job, with some interesting panel layouts, but it was nothing amazing.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:28 pm

I thought this was competent and well-written. It's hard not to have a soft spot for Silver Age Bizarro though!
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IvCNuB4

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:41 pm

Whhaaaatt ? ? ! :shock:

Vic Squid actually likes a DC title this week ? :lol:
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Juan Cena

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Postby Juan Cena » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:42 pm

It turns out that combining Superman’s DNA with a human won’t work


Wait. Isn't Nu-Connor Kent Part Supes, Part Lois Lane now? :smt017
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:13 am

IvCNuB4 wrote:Whhaaaatt ? ? ! :shock:

Vic Squid actually likes a DC title this week ? :lol:


It was light praise, I figured I should at least give it a read before I flip it and I found it competent and well-crafted in comparison to most of the other Villains books I've read this week.

So far the Count Vertigo book was a real surprise, though, it was head-and-shoulders above the rest that I've read.

And soon I'll have read all the VM specials.
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IvCNuB4

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:08 am

It turns out that combining Superman’s DNA with a human won’t work


Juan Cena wrote:Wait. Isn't Nu-Connor Kent Part Supes, Part Lois Lane now? :smt017


A bit more involved than that. :wink: Lobdell explains Superboy's origin

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