Superman Adventures #8
DC Comics (June, 1997)
“All Creatures Great And Small” part 2
WRITER: Scott McCloud
PENCILER: Rick Burchett
INKER: Terry Austin
COLORIST: Marie Severin
LETTERER: Lois Buhalis
EDITOR: Mike McAvennie
When we last left our hero, he was action figure sized while Jax-Ur was Ultraman-sized. (The Japanese one, not the alternate universe villain.) As we come in, Mara manages to get to the shrink ray and gets back to normal size. Jax-Ur swallows the shrink ray so that nobody else can use it (not even Mara to her disappointment) and begins a path of destruction all the way to the White House. Thanks to a off-hand comment by Turpin, Superman comes up with the idea to go right down Jax-Ur’s throat and retrieve the device, re-shrinking the Kryptonian criminals and getting himself back to normal size.
What they got right: Somehow in this chaos there are some good moments. Hamilton trying to repair the shrink ray not realizing that mini-Superman and mini-Mara were fighting, leading to him accidentally restoring Mara. Then there’s Turpin shooting at mega-Jax-Ur because that’s just Dan in a nutshell.
What they got wrong: The story still hinges on breaking away from the show by having Superman pull them out of the Phantom Zone, shrinking them, and putting them in a anti-Kryptonian prison. This didn’t happen in the show and while a decent story causes the kind of continuity breaks that the “Adventures” comics keep doing.
Recommendation: A fun little adventure that’s worth getting both chapter four despite the continuity problems with the show it’s based on.