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This is, I believe, the last arc of Superman I read before giving up the title for a few years at the turn of the century. It came right after the two John Rozum books I posted the other day. Superman had not too long before resolved the Superman Red/Superman Blue situation with his battle with the Millenium Giants and the Dominus story that had each of his four titles taking place in a different "age" of comics, kinda. At this point I'm pretty sorry to say he was pretty much treading water and you can see why after Infinite Crisis they pared his books down to just two a month, as treading water is bad enough on its own, but four times a month is going to kill interest quick.

Anyway, Ron Marz, then Tom Peyer came in for an arc that spanned a month's worth of Superman books, starting in Superman #147

The book drops us right into it, with Kal-El fighting robots, with a transmitted voice saying "Really, Kal-El, we simply don't understand why you insist upon engaging in this behavior. Aren't the gifts we've given you enough?" He calls the voice "father" and insists the training is necessary for a worst-case scenario.

I originally had the page of him charging his ring up with his lantern in here, but had to sacrifice a page to get the last one in.

Back on Earth, the JLA(Steel, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, Kyle Rayner, Wally West, and J'onn) are handling a breakout at Strykers Island Prison composed mostly of Superman's awful 90s rogues gallery and are doing so easily enough that instead of coordinating their plans, they spend the fight talking about how odd it is that Superman's missing. They decide to put together a search team to find him.

J'onn uses his telepathy to point out a star they need to head towards, because apparently his telepathy is strong enough to stretch unknown light years away.

Back with the Hal and Kal, they start chewing the fat on their way to confront Sinestro and Kal explains that he was rocketed from Krypton before its explosion to Oa, where the Guardians raised him as their son. Hal makes an awful joke about Kal not getting his height from them and Kal doesn't even understand that it is a joke.

They find Sinestro, but he's not really hiding. He's built a giant yellow warship that looks like a cross between the SHIELD helicarrier and Jabba The Hutt's barge in design. Kal breaks into it with his strength and they start taking out the Qwardian weaponers inside when Sinestro launches a torpedo. I'd tell you what he aimed it at, but the book never says. He just launches a torpedo. Kal goes after it to defend God-knows-what, leaving Hal to take on Sinestro in a battle of the rings.

Hal, off-panel, steals Sinestro's ring and after he saves Kal from the explosion, the two bro-hug to pool willpower to use Sinestro's ring to contain it until it burns out.

That's Superman, easily-abducted and crucified, still in our Solar System, apparently.

Part two is co-plotted by Marz and Tom Peyer, who is credited with dialogue as well

The JLA search team is briefly attacked by a space octopus, still seemingly in our solar system, as Earth is clearly visible behind them on the first page.

We then see the armored creature from the end of part one talking to a robotic lackey that refers to the armored one as Cogito, who loads the next of Jor-El's computer projections - What if Kal-El were sent to Rann?

It starts with Alanna being upset that she, and seemingly the rest of the planet, are being grounded as a safety measure while The Skyforce deals with an invading alien threat.

Yep, The Skyforce is what Kal is called when he's raised on Rann. And while he handles the invading aliens, another alien finds himself accidentally on Rann.

Yep. Superdickery. Or Skydickery, I guess.

Alanna meets up with Adam and puts the Menticizer on him, and they immediately fall in love. Unarmed and about to be smeared by a jealous Kryptonian, Adam tries a different battle strategy.

And Skyforce winds up on Earth.

Jor-El's computer projection for what would happen if he sent Kal-El to Rann apparently accounted for Kal-El falling in love(or whatever that was) with Alanna, Rann accidentally zeta-beaming Adam Strange to the planet, Strange and Alanna falling in love, and Skyforce swapping places with Adam Strange to end up on Earth. Raised as a dick.

Back in the real world, Superman's mind apparently blanks out as J'onn loses all trace of it.

Part 3 is written by Peyer alone and starts with the JLA team fighting the same Space Octopus, but now without Steel. J'onn seems to realize something's wrong, but he doesn't know what. The others don't see anything wrong.

Inside Superman's mind, we're taken to Thanagar, where Katar Hol is on a squad of hawk police raiding a warehouse where lead is being illegally stockpiled.


Katar gets fired from his job at the prison after trying to hold back another guard from beating the screaming prisoner. He asks his father if he had to pull strings to get an aristocrat like Katar into the police when it seems clear they want stupid cops who don't ask questions. This leads to Katar's father turning on a scrambler and telling Katar a secret, as The Seer freaks out.

Katar goes full crazy, working menial labor jobs while talking under his breath to The Seer about how he needs to realize he's being used. Meanwhile the cops kill Katar's father and search for Katar, after finding out Katar's father told him about Seer.

Katar and Kal get away from the cops and Katar explains that the crab thing in Kal's neck was designed to transfer all his energy into powering his super-senses while leaving him physically weak. Now that he can stand on his own two feet and will develop into the Superman we know, he intends to rededicate his life to truth and justice.


Part Four of Four

Just... just... wow.

Yes. If Kal-El were rocketed to mars, he'd have... just... ouch.

Superman's mind fails, probably due to the stupidity of it, and at the same time J'onn realizes that they're again fighting the same space octopus(this time Steel is back, for some reason) and is able to reach out to Superman's mind.

The Kryptonian Manhunter hybrid breaks the others out of their restraints.

J'onn breaks Superman out and restores his mind to him.

So Superman willingly allows Cogito to implant a false memory in his mind of him being raised on Cogito's planet, so now, with Superman believing he's a native, he can be told where the planet is and he fights off the tyrant.

Afterwards the planet's leader is confused that this guy in the strange outfit is claiming to be a native when the leader has never seen him before. The JLA team shows up to explain that Superman's had memories implanted and not to worry. They gloss over the fact that THEY THEMSELVES ARE OUTWORLDERS THAT JUST SHOWED UP ON THIS PLANET while they restore Superman's true memories to him.

So now, even though Cogito was apparently able to abduct Superman with the greatest of ease and knock him out, instead of dropping him on his planet and asking him to fight for them, before knocking him out again and leaving him back on Earth, with no knowledge of where he was, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Steel, and Martian Manhunter all know where his planet was, defeating the entire purpose of the story arc.

Why did I give up comics at the turn of the century again?

Date: 2011-07-13 04:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Wow, Martian Manhunter looks ridiculous with hair.

Date: 2011-07-13 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] keeva
That Walt Simonson cover was awesome though.

Date: 2011-07-13 06:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
What? No Superman of Amazon Island?

Date: 2011-07-13 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fifthie
Why did I give up comics at the turn of the century again?

Kind of a shame that you did, you must have bailed out right before that super-good stretch of Superman comics that Kelly, Casey and Loeb did.


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