DC Comics (December, 1995)
WRITER: Louise Simonson
PENCILER: Phil Gosier
INKER: Rob Leigh
COLORIST: Dave Grafe
LETTERER: Pat Brosseau
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Chris Duffy
EDITOR: Frank Pittarese
Steel has joined Supergirl, Superboy, the Eradicator, and Alpha Centurion in attempting to rescue Superman from a tribunal seeking his death on an alien world. Not knowing Superman freed himself, the “Superman Rescue Squad” have themselves been captured as we enter this issue’s story. Steel finds Alpha Centurion, whom they thought betrayed them, also prisoner. Steel comes up with a plan to get himself, Supergirl, and the Eradicator out of the prison. As Eradicator goes back for Superboy, only to get recaptured when the Kryptonian artifact that gives David Connor his powers goes crazy, Steel and Supergirl check into every bar on the planet hoping to find a lead to get Superman, until they’re discovered. Working with the tribunal is the “Cyborg Superman” Hank Henshaw, who recapture Steel and Supergirl, the two being sentenced to death. (continues in the crossover event The Trial Of Superman)
What they got right: There some good action scenes. Steel and Supergirl show they have brains in their heads by figuring out how to escape and later their undercover plan. Superheroes need to be smart as well as have special skills or powers and this story shows that.
What they got wrong: Maybe it was the incessant use during the “Time And Time Again” story arc still near-fresh in my mind, but going back to see what’s going on back with Steel’s family and enemies back home (which may be the story the writer wanted to tell but had to deal with this event or an attempt to make crossover readers look into the story (although there is no trade dress marking this as part of a crossover)) doesn’t interest me. Also, Eradicator gets the shaft here. At least Steel and Supergirl are actually captured. Eradicator just suffers from the artifact going crazy and showing him Kryptonian history.
Recommendation: Unless you’ve been following this series or this storyline it’s not a good comic to come in on.