Mind Capsules – Superman #33 and Batman Eternal #16

Superman #33

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – John Romita Jr.
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Laura Marling

Perry White is a little angry.  A rival newspaper has broken the story of Superman’s new partner before the Daily Planet did and that will not stand.  Perry is berating his reporters, including Lois and Jimmy, when Clark walks in and asks Perry about the Ulysses Lab.  Perry makes Clark a deal to tell him everything if he gives the Planet the story and comes back to work for him, to which Clark agrees.  Ulysses meanwhile is trying to fit in with society, Superman makes a discovery at the old lab, Clark tries to teach Ulysses – or Neil – a thing or two and they also end up going to meet his parents who are still alive.  Another big thank-you goes out to DC for putting this creative team, including Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr., on this book.  It feels fresh and current, literally, and it finally brings Big Blue into modernity.  This is the team who should have been on the book in the first place, but the fact that we have them now will have to suffice and leave the past in the past.  Ulysses is turning into quite the interesting character and it is almost a given that at some point he and Superman will come to blows.  Even though little really happens, the storyline is quite intriguing and it is nice to finally say that about a story featuring Superman.  This issue also proves once again that Superman has one of the best supporting casts in all of comicdom.  Great stuff!

4 out of 5

Batman Eternal #16

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Dustin Nguyen
Inker – Derek Fridolfs
Colours – John Kalisz

The current issue finds Batwing being held by Joker’s Daughter, until he escapes, and Jim Corrigan having a chat with Mister Bygone.  Both heroes are trying to get to the bottom of what exactly is happening in Arkham Asylum.  With all of the inmates running free and supernatural forces at work throughout the place, it is not the best place in Gotham to be at the moment.  Also happening in this book is a little flirtation – or something – between Vicki Vale and Lt. Bard, Red Robin and Harper Row run into some trouble and Batman just doing his thing.  This was a pretty good issue from our creative team and it was nice to see them continue the Batwing and Corrigan storyline with a little resolution given with the reveal of the bigger(?) bad at the end of the book.  Last issue it was revealed that Mister Bygone might have been the cause of all the anarchy going down, and now it seems like he is only a part of the problem and not the cause.  There is still no sign of the Spectre which is a little disappointing, but the authors must be holding him back for an upcoming part of the book where he will face someone worthy enough for him to be called out.  Not too much else going on, but that is all right as it was nice to see some focus upon a singular storyline.

3.5 out of 5

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