Superman #27 review

The Parasite is draining the psychic energy from Brainiac-boosted Lois Lane. Superman is battling to save her life, while Lois’s boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll, also dives into the fray. Along the way, Superman has a eureka moment, wondering if while defeating the Parasite, he came make a personal problem go away … … and if you’ve […]

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Superman #26 review

It’s rather appropriate that an issue featuring the Parasite should prove especially absorbing. Not for the fight with the power-sucking plunderer, which is eye-popping fun, but for the characterisation. Let’s take a look … The issue opens with Clark Kent cooking for Wonder Woman. As he’s been offering her rhubarb soup – does such a […]

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Superman #25 review

I’ve been avoiding the latest crossover in the Superman family of books because, well, H’el. Knowing that this issue would likely see the death – or more likely, ‘death’ – of Superboy, though, I had to check it out. I’ve been keeping up with the storyline via the excellent Supergirl’s Comic Box Commentary, so wasn’t […]

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Action Comics #24 review

The Psi War storyline began in the Superman series a few months back and it’s now spilled over into Action Comics. Duelling mentalists Hector Hammond and the Hive Queen have been taken down by a new player, the Psycho Pirate. Hector is unconscious but as for the Queen, she’s exploded into ‘psionic goo’. Meanwhile, Lois […]

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Superman #23.3 – H’el #1

You know a Superman comic is in trouble when Zod is a more attractive character than Jor-El. But that’s what we get in this Villains Month special focusing on H’el, possibly the worst bad guy introduced in the New 52. H’el has been thrust into the past of Krypton, a decade or so before its […]

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Action Comics #23 review

Superman teams up with cosmic knights the Pax Galactica to battle the devourer of worlds, Lexus. The heroes have to learn to trust one another after Superman’s run-in last time with one of the Pax pack, Straith. With Lexus defeated, the knights – Straith, Ordling, Seamus and leader Lourdes – name Superman their ‘undisputed ruler’. […]

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Superman Annual #2 review

Superman Annual? Lois Lane Special, more like. And that’s fine by me, as we don’t see nearly enough of the First Lady of the DC Universe these days. The book opens with the striking image of Lois somehow struck down, convinced she’s about to die. Her whole life doesn’t flash before her eyes, but Lois […]

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Superman #22 review

The Psi War storyline continues, with psychics Hector Hammond and the Hive Queen at one another’s throats. Meanwhile, Superman ponders his vulnerability to mental attacks before catching up first with blogging partner Cat Grant, then best pal Jimmy Olsen. His chat with the latter is interrupted when Metropolis is attacked by familiar-looking tech, prompting Clark […]

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Action Comics #22 review

Big-brained supervillain Hector Hammond is floating in Earth’s orbit on an assignment for new allies the H.I.V.E., examining a massive death ray they have aimed at the planet. A self-proclaimed space knight appears and destroys the weapon. Any enemy of Hammond’s is surely a friend of Superman, but can Clark be sure, when Hammond summons […]

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Superman #21 review

In Metropolis, Hector Hammond, the most powerful psionic in the world, is at the centre of a tug of war. Helpess in an induced coma, S.T.A.R. Labs have him. The H.I.V.E. Queen wants him. A lab researcher who’s been taken over by H.I.V.E. begins infecting others and soon they’re making away with Hammond. Over in […]

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