Superman 694 – on the farm, and in Metropolis

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Mon-El gets a new costume, complete with an “S” crest in Superman 694 (Jan. 10), by Robinson and Pina.  The story intercuts action in Metropolis, with time Mon-El spent recuperating in Smallville with Ma Kent and Superboy.

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The action picks up from the end of the previous issue, with the Guardian and the Science Police battling with Bizarro. Mon-El shows up, to their surprise, and joins the fray.

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When a child gets trapped in a burning car during the fight, we discover that another Legionnaire has been a part of this run.  Mitch goes into action, eating the car to free the child – it’s Matter-Eater Lad!

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The Smallville scenes are quite good as well.  They give a greater depth to Mon-El, as he plays with Krypto and converses with both Ma Kent and Superboy about what it means to take Superman’s place.  Ma makes him his new, Superman-like, costume.

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The battle with Bizarro reaches no conclusion in this issue.  Far from it, the situation gets even worse when the Parasite joins the fight.

The story continues in the next issue.

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