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: Warlord 40, Jonah Hex 43

Warlord 40 coverWarlord #40 – “The Brotherhood of Death” – Mike Grell/Vince Colletta

This one starts at the royal palace of Kaambuka, where the ruler (Prince Aram Al Ashir) is bored out of his mind with matters of state. He perks when he sees Travis Morgan (and Shakira) outside the throne room, and immediately leaps forward to challenge Morgan to a duel. Ashir boasts that he’s been practicing, but Morgan still manages to defeat him. Before the palace guard can skewer Morgan, Ashir calls them off, explaining that he and Morgan are old friends. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Warlord 40, Jonah Hex 43”

Comics Reviews: Jonah Hex 42, Warlord 39

Jonah Hex 42 coverJonah Hex #42 – “Wanted for Murder” – Michael Fleisher/Gerald Forton

This one starts with a bunch of sheep rustlers herding their stolen flock down a trail. We learn they’ve already run into Jonah Hex (one guy is wearing Hex’s famous Confederate jacket) and strung him up from a tree. They probably should’ve waited around to make sure he died, but you know how impatient rustlers are. Hex ambushes them, killing or capturing most of the gang except the leader, Sugar Wallace, who takes off with the sheep. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Jonah Hex 42, Warlord 39”

Comics Reviews: Batman 328, Detective 495, Brave & the Bold 167, Warlord 38

Batman 328 coverBatman #328 – “Double Jeopardy” – Marv Wolfman/Irv Novick/Frank McLaughlin

This one starts with Batman viewing a tape of a trial re-creation sent to him by a defendant in a recent trial. The death was ruled accidental and the defendant acquitted, but he admits he really did kill the victim (a guy named Anton Karoselle) … in fact, he claims to have killed him twice. He taunts Batman with the failure of justice to convict him for his crimes, saying his admission is legally useless since double jeopardy prevents him from being tried twice for the same crime. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 328, Detective 495, Brave & the Bold 167, Warlord 38”

Comics Reviews: Batman 327, Detective 494, Brave & the Bold 166, Warlord 37

Batman 327 coverBatman #327 – “Asylum Sinister” – Len Wein/Irv Novick/Frank McLaughlin

Last issue, Batman disguised himself as a criminal named Shank Taylor to infiltrate Arkham Asylum. Recent crimes had been committed by people who were supposed to be incarcerated at Arkham, so Batman figured he’d investigate from the inside. He pretended to be a homicidal maniac and was taken to Arkham, drugged, and tossed in a cell … before discovering the new administrator was his old foe, Professor Milo. As soon as he’s recovered, Batman shimmies out of his straitjacket and uses a lockpick he had concealed under his tongue to break out of his cell. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: Batman 327, Detective 494, Brave & the Bold 166, Warlord 37”