Comic Comments: Superman – Lois & Clark #1

SupermanLoisClark

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Lee Weeks

Issue (Status): #1 (Ongoing)

Previous Comic Knowledge Required: For this to really make sense you need to know about Convergence. This was DC’s latest universe rebooting event, it brought together heroes from various universes some of which didn’t make it out.

Basic Synopsis: After helping fix the multiverse, Clark and Lois from a destroyed reality find themselves on Earth Prime, with a much younger version of the justice league. Having finally had a child while Clark was unpowered during convergence, they decided to stay hidden and led a quiet life…because that always works.

My Thoughts: This is an interesting little idea, basically this Superman is from a reality where the timeline is further along and the opener for the issue shows that by having him in the background of the battle against Darkseid ready to step in if the Justice League not been able to handle him. They obviously were and Superman returns home to Lois & their child Jonathan.

However this basically means that they have theoretically been on this Earth for the run of the New 52. For the sake of Jonathan they decided to stay on the down low, setting up in a small town as a simple farming family – the Whites.

The story then picks up at the current day (in the timeline of the DCU) where Jonathan is now in school.  They seem to have done a fine job of staying hidden, but you just knew they wouldn’t be able to completely leave things alone. you very quickly learn that they have been subtly trying to use their knowledge to help influence things in this reality.

Clark has been off helping deal with certain disasters, even from the sounds of things helping stop certain super villains before they emerge. Lois on the other hand has stuck to writing under a pseudonym, writing books on important issues at key times to help raise awareness of them and help steer the discussion. This is a great conceit as it explains away instantly why certain things have or have not happened where they did before within the New 52.

The issue wraps up with Lois meeting her publisher, to pass on her latest book about an old Superman enemy group known as InterGang, while Clark himself is off dealing with the crash of the Excalibur, which before resulted in the creation of Cyborg Superman – but leaves both parts on a cliffhanger. Meanwhile Jonathan gets himself sent to the headmaster’s office at school, as he seems to be distracted by a news broadcast – the one about the incident Clark is dealing with – could he have already worked out his Dad’s secret?

Recommendation: I would say this is one worth buying, as it has a few angles to take the story. First there is the will they be discovered aspect, plus the why is this Superman still powered while the main one is not – But the big one for me is Jonathan, he is after all the offspring of Superman, will this come into play?

Comic Comments: Bat-Mite #5

BatMite

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Corin Howell

Issue (Status): #5 of 6 (Ongoing)
Collected Trade: Yes (released 3rd March 2016 – Amazon)

Previous Comic Knowledge Required: Basically there is not a lot that you really need to know. The point of Bat-Mite is really just meant to be an amusing little distraction. Bat-Mite himself is an Imp from the fifth dimension who possesses what appears to be near-infinite magical power, but in reality is highly advanced technology, using it to help whoever is his target superhero of choice – though generally causing more problems along the way.

Basic Synopsis: Bat-Mite’s ongoing battle against Gridlock (a supervillain who wants to stop the future from coming because the past was just better – seriously just go with it) continues, this time pulling into the fray a group for D-Rank heroes – The Inferior Five.

My Thoughts: The thing about the Bat-Mite series, and the reason I have been trying to keep up with it so far is the the fact that is just a break from the norm. It’s a reminder that not all comics need to be dark and gritty. Since being exiled from his home dimension for reasons unknown (probably just generally being a pain in the ass) he has so far teamed up with Hawkman, Booster Gold & Robin and picked up his own supervillain Gridlock.

This issue starts with him on his way to help out as the henchmen of Gridlock are attacking a film museum for unknown reasons, but are being taken to task by one of the worst hero groups in history – The Inferior Five! Thier powers are not great, such as Arkwardman whose ability appears to be clumsiness or  The Blimp who can kind of fly (if the winds are going the right way) but together they get the jobs done that are too low level for real heroes.

Turns out that what gridlock was after is the previously unseen pilot episode of Galaxy Trek, so that he can ensure that his is the first – and only – person to ever see it (its kinda his thing), so Bat-Mites only option is another makeover – turning the Inferior Five into the Superior Six – Seriously overhauling their powers.

After the new team takes the fight to Gridlock, and kicking serious ass, Bat-Mite and Tough Bunny realise that they can not stay this way. The whole power corrupts thing shines through and it’s clear that leaving them with this power would only end badly.

This issue wraps up with the reveal that the cloaked figures that initially exiled him to Earth are watching, and have decided its time to step pack in and deal with the mess that Bat-Mite is making.

Recommendation: As this is scheduled to wrap up next month I would say wait for the Trade, unless you can find all the issues at a good price