More Kapow and Weirdness as Superman tries to keep his family safe from the Eradicator.
Superman flies them to the moon so they can hide in Batman's (not so) secret moon base, which keeps them safe for about 5 whole minutes. The Eradicator shows up again for more fighting. And then things go in an unexpected direction as the Eradicator "eats" Superman just as he did Krypto a few issues back. Lois and Jon freak out and run away. Fortunately, Lois fines Batman's mech-suit of death (the Hellbat), puts it on and, along with Jon, starts to beat the Eradicator's ass! Meanwhile, Superman, trapped inside the Eradicator with all the other Kryptonian souls it has eaten, convinces them to give him their power and help him escape, and he pops out just in time to save the day in the next issue.
This book rocks.
Batman has to stop the super-powered "Gotham Man" who has been driven insane by Psycho Pirate (?), so he sends everything he has after him, including Alfred in a bat man suit! Also, remember that trope they used to used to do in Star Trek: TNG where they show the audience how tough some alien was by having it kick Warf's ass? Well, how do you do that in a Batman book? Easy! You just call the Justice League! They last about 2 pages. Despite the over the top silliness this issue has, it has a nice emotional, poignant resolution.
Green Arrow #5
Green Arrow and Diggle sneak attack the island fortress of evil bankers in order to save Black Canary, Ollie's fortune and any number of human traffic victims and maybe find his traitorous daughter. It turns out she's not so treacherous afterall. After lots of action and even more explosions, Ollie ends up broke, alone and trapped on an island. This is just not as well written as the other books I'm reading. In comparison, it seems fast paced and shallow. I might give it a few more issues but if it doesn't start improving, I might drop it.
Batgirl shows up for some angst and to help Nightwing and Raptor on their mission - breaking into a house built by a maze master. The Court of Owls have sent them to kill the creator and take plans that he created for them. Nightwing has other plans and he hopes Raptor does as well. After a bit of double dealing, subterfuge, puzzle solving, and more angst, we get a little more insight into what Raptor is up to. I'm really enjoying the story in this book.
After hearing the gushing review of this on Funnybooks, I decided to give this a try.
The set up is like this and is revealed in the first half of the book: when New 52 Superman exploded and died, his powers were transferred to both new52 Lois Lane and new52 Lana Lang. Lois has powers like Superman did - fly, strong, heat vision..., but Lana is different, she can fly and is strong but she converts solar energy into other forms of energy. There is a really nice dichotomy between the two personalities and the book largely works because of how they do (and don't) get along. Lois is super-confident, optimistic and cheery. Lana is skeptical, has abandonment issues and suffers from an anxiety disorder.
We also get a nice dose of the Lex Luthor I was talking about last week (seriously, if they made a Lex book, I'd buy it). Lex has built a super sized aircraft carrier to protect Metropolis. Naturally, it gets attacked and the Superwomen have to work together to save the day. There is a great gag when Lois saves a plane saying "Don't worry, I've got you!" and the pilot responds "You've got us? Who's got you?" - a nice homage to Christopher Reeves and Margot Kidder from the 1978 movie.
I was really digging this buddy Superwoman book and then while they are looking for missing survivors inside the carrier, Lois gets killed by some super-powered evil woman! WTF ?! I'm thinking that won't be a permanent death, but now this buddy book is suddenly a tragedy about a super-powered woman with lots of issues. What's that internet meme? "That escalated quickly."
I definitely in for this book.
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