A tie-in to Kids WB’s Superman: The Animated Series, these stories take a few more risks in idea while still being kid-friendly. Remember when Superman tales could be for kids to admire and aspire to?
Superman Adventures #6
DC Comics (April, 1997)“seonimoD” WRITER: Scott McCloud PENCILER: Rich Burchett INKER: Terry Austin COLORIST: Marie Severin LETTERER: Lois Buhalis EDITOR: Mike McAvennie “SUPERMAN” CREATORS: Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
Things started out easy enough, if you count terrorists easy. Then again, compared to what happened next it would be. As Clark tells his parents, one minute he’s fighting a terrorist group and the next half of Metropolis is destroyed and Mxyzptlk is taunting him, send him back through time to follow the trail to the end of the city and the deaths of many, including Lois. After finding event after event that led to the explosion (and not the ones the terrorists planned) Superman manages to trick the imp back to the fifth dimension and save the city…by catching a ball. I would tell you more, but here’s a spoiler to the review: read this comic because it’s amazing!
What they got right: I love the idea of this comic, Mxyzptlk drawing Superman backwards in time to find the source of Metropolis’ undoing, punctuated with the lettering mirrored, not just having the dialog backwards. Every part of the chain makes sense, as is how Superman got Mxy to say his name backwards twice. Even the framing device of Clark telling the story to John and Martha works.
What they got wrong: I couldn’t find a single thing, but maybe it’s because I was so wrapped up in the concept.
Recommendation: This is going on my list of favorite Superman stories, just for how creative it is in both concept and execution. Add this to your Superman library, even if it isn’t in continuity with the DCU proper.