Synopsis: Lex awakens from a robot induced sex coma to make Things happen, and Jimmy Olsen gets boring like a mah’-fucka’.
01. Superman has been absent from Action Comics for almost two years now. Crazy, right? While DC has been a bit more loose with who stars in some of their bigger books as of late, it usually hasn’t translated into sales. And then Paul Cornell came up on Action and just bust the shit out of everything.
Ever since he started on the book with #890, sales have been trickling ever upwards (at least at my shop) and the story has been incredible. In the course of six issues, Lex has done battle with an immortal, a super smart gorilla, a super assassin with one eye, a psychic caterpillar, and even Death herself – and while he’s clearly an evil human being, you still end up rooting for him. While he’s always been the hero of his own story, you really get a sense of it in these pages, and it makes for a fascinating character study. Plus, the man is cold banging a robot version of Lois Lane, who is also loaded with death missiles. And that’s just awesome.
02. Just a few issues into the Lex run, DC thought they might as well crank this shit up to eleven by adding Nick Spencer and some Jimmy Olsen adventures to the back of the book. For those of you still out of the loop, Spencer is the new indie darling turned big two golden boy, with gigs writing Supergirl and Iron Man 2.0. He’s written some amazing work for Image, including a book where a model turned assassin accidentally shoots a furry instead of killing a kid who banged an inanimate blow up doll. And it was rad.
Anyway, I knew that with this man steering Jimmy Olsen, we would definitely be getting some bizarre Silver-Age Jimmy Olsen stories – and he definitely hasn’t disappointed on that front. His Jimmy started with infiltrating a secret genie society, and continued his awesome tale by treating a group of partying aliens to the most boring time of their lives… in order to save the world. It’s been awesome, and with the next issue, it all comes to a close. For now, at least. Please, please, please, DC, give the man a chance to bring Jimmy Olsen back into the limelight again with an ongoing!
03. This Wednesday, the Action Annual will ship, and while it will not feature any Jimmy Olsen action, it will definitely still be worth a read. I mean seriously? Cornell has a young Luthor facing Darkseid. DARKSEID YOU GUYS. As if I didn’t already love this book. You really need to be picking this up, so you can feel the pure COMICS! magic.