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Superman 697 – getting ready for the final battle

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The various plot threads from Action, Superman, Supergirl and World of New Krypton are all tying together into a big climax, but Robinson, Chang and Pina take a bit of a break in Superman 697 (April 2010).

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Things start hot and heavy, as General Lane orders his troops to attack Chameleon Boy.  Although Mon-El and the Guardian are there, the day gets saved by Quislet, who reveals himself to have been in “disguise” as a hover-cam.

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The various Legionnaires come together, but Chameleon Boy, Quislet, Sensor Girl, Tellus, Matter-Eater Lad and recent Justice Society member Star Boy abandon Mon-El.  I’m not sure why.  Even though I’ve read this a few times.

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A time lapse follows, as Steel and Mon-El protect Metropolis.  We see Clawster, Ultraa and a Composite Superman, all rarely appearing villains.

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We also learn that when Mon-El was in Smallville, he enlisted Superboy’s aid in repairing his old rocket ship.

The Legionnaires return en masse on the final page, which leads into the next issue of Adventure Comics.

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Superman 696 – after the explosion

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Robinson and Chang dig into the wreckage following the explosion of the Science Police headquarters at the end of the previous issue of Action, in Superman 696 (March 2010).

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Nightwing digs Lois Lane, his “mother,” out of the rubble.  The Guardian is now convinced of the innocence of Nightwing and Flamebird, and runs interference for them with General Lane.

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Mon-El and the Guardian stop all of Lane’s troops, allowing the two wanted Kryptonians to escape.  Mon confronts Lane, but does not attack him.  He simply lets the general know that he has learned all of his manipulations, and despite the public’s love of Lane, intends to see that the truth gets out.

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Another Legionnnaire gets revealed, as Control is found in the wreckage, unconscious.  She has partly transformed back into Chameleon Boy.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 695 – Mon-El triumphant

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Mon-El battles against the Parasite and Bizarro in Superman 695 (Feb. 10), by Robinson and Bernard Chang.

sup_695_001Mon-El’s battle with the Parasite and Bizarro is made more difficult by the fact that his powers keep turning on and off.  But this turns out to be a plus where the Parasite is concerned.  When the Parasite draws off of Mon-El’s powers he also draws on his lead poisoning, and the pain makes him easy to subdue.  Bizarro fights until he no longer feels like fighting. He leaves for Bizarro World.  This is the final appearance of the pre-Flashpoint Bizarro.

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Mon-El meets with Perry White, and learns (as do we) that Jimmy Olsen is still alive.  Natasha Irons is also there, and fills Mon-El in on the Captain Atom storyline taking place in the back pages of Action Comics.  Together, they add up the various things they know of Sam Lane’s plans.  But the public remain in the dark, as Morgan Edge interviews Lane, who spreads a great story about Mon-El getting mind controlled by the Kryptonians, and the government releasing the story that he was dead to give them time to de-program him.

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Mon-El and Billi Harper take their relationship to a new level.  You gotta be happy for Mon-El, as things are, otherwise, not going to well for him.

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The story ends with a lead-in to the next issue of Action, as Mon-El and the Guardian discover Nightwing and Flamebird busting out of the Science Police headquarters.

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.

Superman 693 – Mon-El escapes

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Mon-El is in the dangerous clutches of Sam Lane in Superman 693 (Dec. 09), by Robinson, Dagnino and Fernandez.

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Mon-El wakes to find himself a prisoner of General Lane, and sees his powerful operatives Atlas, Parasite, Mirabia, Metallo, Reactron and Codename Assassin.  Lane has his scientists experiment on Mon-El, testing the limits of his resiliency and healing factors.

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But the Parasite is not a happy member of this team, and frees Mon-El, so that Mon can help him escape.  Of course, he tries to betray Mon-El at the critical moment, but both do make it through the dimensional gate.  The brief difference in time becomes a larger difference in the outside world.  When Mon-El emerges, it’s to a scene of widespread destruction.  General Lane is there, and informs Mon-El that the Parasite was not responsible for the wreckage.  Brainiac and Luthor caused it during their breakout, as seen in the last issue of Adventure Comics.

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The issue ends as the Guardian and the Science Police face off against Bizarro.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 692 – mourning Mon-El

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Metropolis deals with the murder of Mon-El and the destruction of their sewer system in the Robinson, Fernando Dagnino and Raul Fernandez story in Superman 692 (Nov. 09).

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The Guardian and the Science Police are run off their feet, as villains take advantage of Mon-El’s absence.  We see them chase and capture Riot and Bloodsport.  Morgan Edge promotes Sam Lane and Squad K as the big heroes of the day, and tars Supergirl, Nightwing and Flamebird as Kryptonian murderers and terrorists.

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We also catch up with Mirabai.  Zachary Zatara is now her prisoner.  It turns out that Mark Merlin was never really a part of the story, he was just another of Mirabai’s disguises.  This disappoints me a bit, only in the speed with which this was done.  I could easily have read a half dozen more pages building this storyline before the big reveal.  Once again, this was a case of Sam Lane using one of his operatives to take another Metropolis hero off the board.

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The Guardian leads the Science Police in a wake for Jonathan Kent, having revealed to them that he was really Mon-El.  He also reveals to Billi Harper that he knew from the start that she was really his niece.  That’s why he chose for his special unit.

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There is another big reveal in the issue.  After some decent, subtle, clues, we see that SP member Wilcox is really Sensor Girl, from the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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And as the story ends, Sam Lane and Codename Assassin walk through their secret base, past a load of cool cameos. The top row refers back to World War 2, with G.I. Robot, the original Robotman and Robot Dog, a Manhunter and Mekanique.  The bottom row is also from the same era historically, if not publishing-wise, with the Creature Commandos.  Their code number refers to the issue of Weird War Stories that they debuted in.  But the real thrill for me was the middle row, with the original incarnation of the Outsiders, from First Issue Special 10 (their code number being FIS10).  These Outsiders had never appeared since their original story.

After this, we see that Mon-El is alive, and a captive of General Lane.

The story continues in the next issue.

Superman 690 – everyone but Mon-El

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Superman 690 (Sept. 09) seems to take place both after and during the previous issue.  The battle between Atlas and Steel follows on the events at the conclusion of that issue, but Mon-El’s absence from the Robins and Pere Perez story implies that he is on his world travels.

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John Henry Irons manages to get into his Steel armor, but even that is no help against Atlas, who uses Steel’s own hammer against him.

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There is an odd sequence with Zachary Zatara.  He meets an old janitor in the theatre, and then gets attacked by the Parasite, in disguise as an adoring fan.  But the Parasite then vanishes, and the janitor reveals himself to be Mark Merlin, long believed dead.  Mark recruits Zatara in his quest for Prince Ra-Man, an other-dimensional being connected to Mark, from waaaay back in 1960s House of Secrets stories.

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Dr. Light and the Guardian begin seeing each other socially.  The note at the bottom of the page implies that much more will come of this, but nothing much really does.

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And in an odd, and seemingly pointless sequence, Tellus meets with the Daxamite Green Lantern, Sodam Yat, and convinces the Green Lantern not to interact with Mon-El, as this would have negative consequences in the future.