Adventures of Superman 630 – Mxyzptlk interrupts Ruin

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Rucka, Clark and DeCastro bring back Mxyzptlk for a far more entertaining story than his last outing, in Adventures of Superman 630 (Sept. 04).

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Ruin is seen for the first time, holding hostages to lure Superman out.  Ruin starts to fire an energy weapon at Superman, but then everything abruptly freezes.

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It’s Mxyzptlk time!  I really like the notion that Mxyzptlk stops time for his arrival, and that the entire story takes place in a split second.  The imp plays around with the Matrix style, and then goes into Road Runner-type cartoony violence with Superman before getting around to his reason for coming.

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He warns Superman of something big and dangerous coming, in about the goofiest way possible.  Needless to say, Superman is not moved by the threat.

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Mxyzptlk leaves, and time is restored.  Superman gets taken down by Ruin’s energy blast, and the villain sends Xlim in for the kill.

The story continues in the next issue.

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