This is down the line superhero fun. I nearly typed 'big dumb superhero fun' but it really isn't - writer Tom DeFalco is at his best here, producing a rock solid chapter of the H'el on Earth crossover with the Superman and Supergirl titles. He writes the Teen of Steel as a striver, trying to embrace the best of himself and do what's right for the world. He's still not so sure about Superman, but he's doing his damndest to help, and we see just how far he'll go in a moment leading into the upcoming Superboy Annual. DeFalco's Justice League is first rate too, proper professionals rather than the shower they've often seemed in their own series. H'el's plan to sacrifice Earth to energy-fund a trip back in time to save Krypton isn't advanced much, but as a stepping stone along the way, this issue is thoroughly entertaining. It even boasts this line: 'Killer Droids from Epsilon 18!' Well, what else would Superman have in his fortress?
Oh, and DeFalco shows that thought balloons still have their place in modern comics, using them sparingly, but well.
It's just a shame the demands of the crossover keep Supergirl firmly in place as H'el's dupe. The woman has X-ray vision - she has to see through him soon, surely?
The story looks great too, thanks to the energetic thumbnails of Ron Frenz which Iban Coello and Amilcar Pinna work up into full pencils, before the finishing inks are added by Pinna himself and Rob Lean. Then Tanya and Richard Horie apply bright, but never garish, colours. The result is sleek, bombastic pages, with the only negative being a discontinuity which means Batman doesn't get to wear this ...
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