Is he looking at a bird…? Or a plane?
Remember when Superman was a fun and kid-friendly book and children didn’t get stabbed in it by the Toymaster of all people? Of course you don’t, because Superman is 70 years old, and you are much younger than that unless you are Stan Lee. But if you are Stan Lee, why are you reading DC Comics? That’s anathema! For the rest of us, there’s Adventures of Superman, which lets comics’ foremost creators play around with the iconic superhero without continuity woes. And it’s all-digital, because electrons are the pulp of the future. This issue is written by the longtime team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning who never disappoint, and crackling with brilliant energy courtesy of Wes Craig.
Everybody knows Lex Luthor is a fink, but here his ego is frosted with a rich layer of sadism, as he relishes ruining everyone’s day. He’s a bully, plain and simple, and you know what Superman thinks of bullies. But what really makes a comic great is its killer robot quotient. We’re happy to tell you this one ranks high on the KRQ scale, including a robot that can go toe-to-toe with Superman for hours. Three guesses who programmed that one.
See that right there? That’s what a Superman comic should be. No crying, no moral confusion. Just straight up, “Looks like someone needs my help! I’ll go give it to them.”
See those back-to-back profile panels? That’s called a transition shot, kids.
Dang, Luthor. You make Tony Stark look like Ron Popeil.
Bet there was one scientist who shrugged and thought, “Who cares? My credentials are the best and I can get at job at Waynetech before lunch!” But Luthor noticed and had her framed for data theft. You know that happened!
But…but…retaining walls exist to hold back forces that would crush us, Mr. Luthor!
Whoa-ho! Two banana jokes in one luncheon! Luthor, that’s going to make you an enemy in Gorilla Ci–hold up. Do you guys see how awesome the perspective is in that triptych of Superman battling the robot?
Don’t miss what comes next in Adventures of Superman #4 !
Neither Superman nor Santa should be contemplating a gun.
Brendan McGinley is editor round these parts when not writing comics or Cracked columns. You can say a neighborly hello to him on Twitter @BrendanMcGinley.
No exaggeration, they do gladiatorial combat every couple of years.
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