Comics Reviews: Superman 357, Action 517, DC Comics Presents 31, Warlord 43

Superman 357 coverSuperman #357 – “Food for a God” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Frank Charamonte

Last issue, Vartox dropped by to let Superman know he was using his hyper-powers as champion for a planet called Tynola, but he also gave Supes a secret message saying he needed help. Vartox said the Tynolans had been staging disasters for him to fix and he wanted to find out why. When Superman arrived on Tynola, he and Vartox staged a fight and Superman was captured and imprisoned. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 357, Action 517, DC Comics Presents 31, Warlord 43”

Comics Reviews: Superman 356, Action 516, DC Comics Presents 30, Warlord 42

Superman 356 coverSuperman #356 – “Battle of the Super-Hyper Powers” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with Clark, Lana, and Steve Lombard skiing at Mammoth Mountain. Lana has dragged Clark along so she won’t be stuck with Steve, but Clark has to pretend he hates skiing (and any other form of physical activity) to maintain his nerdish persona. Steve “accidentally” pushes Clark down a slope and goes after him, but a low-flying jet causes an avalanche that threatens to bury both men. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 356, Action 516, DC Comics Presents 30, Warlord 42”

Comics Reviews: Superman 355, Action 515, DC Comics Presents 29, Warlord 41

Superman 355 coverSuperman #355 – “Momentus, Master of the Moon” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with a voice-over about how the phases of the moon affect human behaviour, as we see a couple of werewolves menace two young lovers in the park. But these aren’t your typical werewolves, since they rob the couple using a gun and a knife. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 355, Action 515, DC Comics Presents 29, Warlord 41”

Comics Reviews: Superman 354, Action 514, DC Comics Presents 28

Superman 354 coverSuperman #354 – “Twice Upon a Time” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with a gang of thieves with rocket packs and other high-tech weaponry fleeing after a successful robbery. They’re reporting to their boss (Mr. Alpha) over a radio link when Superman shows up and ties them in knots … literally. He overhears Alpha’s communication and goes to look for him, but Alpha (who was hiding in a van in a nearby street) sneaks down into the sewers. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 354, Action 514, DC Comics Presents 28”

Comics Reviews: Superman 353, Action 513, DC Comics Presents 27

Superman 353 coverSuperman #353 – “The Fantastic Foe Superman Could Never Meet” – Cary Bates/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with Clark Kent and Lana Lang skydiving to promote WGBS. Clark doesn’t open his parachute and isn’t saying anything. Lana assumes he’s scared shitless, but he’s actually spotted a mine collapse with his x-ray vision. He maneuvers into a cloud, switches to Superman to deal with the mine collapse, then switches back to Clark before dropping out of the cloud and pulling his ripcord. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 353, Action 513, DC Comics Presents 27”

Comics Reviews: Superman 352, Action 512,DC Comics Presents 26

Superman 352 coverSuperman #352 – “Day of Destiny” – Marv Wolfman/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

This one starts with Superman rescuing some people from a tenement fire in the poor section of Metropolis. He then snuffs out the fire by creating a vortex to direct the flames up into space. Everyone is grateful except the two crooked building owners (Stone and Rose) who apparently arranged the fire to collect the insurance money. This is the fifth of their buildings to burn down and the cops haul them in. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 352, Action 512,DC Comics Presents 26”

Comics Reviews: Superman 351, Action 511, DC Presents 25

Superman 351 coverSuperman #351 – “The Fiend With Nine Faces” – Gerry Conway/Curt Swan/Frank Chiaramonte

Last issue, Clark Kent’s old science teacher (Professor Tolkein) came up with a device he called the Genesis Machine, which was supposed to create matter from nothing, thus defying the laws of physics. We saw that the Genesis Machine didn’t really create matter, it just transferred it from one place to another using some kind of psychic link that Tolkein set up between nine of his ex-students. But the matter transfers are unequal, with large objects disappearing and reappearing beside the Genesis Machine as much smaller items; this culminated in an entire office building disappearing and showing up as a typewriter near the Genesis Machine. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Superman 351, Action 511, DC Presents 25”