Superman 700 (Aug. 10) is a double sized anniversary issue, which contains an epilogue of sorts to the New Krypton storyline, a prologue to the next storyline, Grounded, and a story from Superman’s early days that teams him up with Robin.
The issue opens with a story by Robinson and Chang, which sees Superman return to Earth, just in time to save Lois Lane from the Parasite. He is working as muscle for the Prankster, but the villains are not really important in this story. In fact, we do not even see Superman capture the Prankster.
Instead, the story deals with Lois and Clark renewing their relationship. They discuss losing Chris, and Lois’ feelings about her father. It makes a warm ending to the long and powerful storyline, and I love the final page, of Superman and Lois embracing in the Metropolis sky.
Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund jump back in time for the second story in the issue.
Dick Grayson is still in high school in this story, and Bruce Wayne refuses to let him go out as Robin until he finishes his geometry homework. But despite Alfred’s efforts, Dick sneaks out anyway, and winds up going after some gun runners.
Superman winds up coming to Robin’s assistance, and Commissioner Gordon is always happy to deal with the polite Superman. As Robin has been out much later than expected, and is exhausted, Superman quickly finishes his geometry homework for him. Dick believes that he has successfully conned Bruce into thinking he did it himself.
But of course, no one puts something over on Batman. It’s a cute story. Made me smile.
The final story in the issue, by J. Michael Straczynski, Eddy Barrows and JP Mayer, launches the Grounded storyline.
Superman is answering questions with a crowd of normal people, one of whom is a woman who blames Superman for not using his powers to cure her husband’s brain tumour. Superman takes this to heart. Although he really shouldn’t. Superman is hardly responsible for every person’s ailment on the planet.
He visits Batman in the Justice League satellite, and sees how things are viewed from way above.
And then he talks to the Flash, who tells him that things are a blur at super-speed.
And so, Superman comes to Earth and decides to walk across the US.
This just rubbed me the wrong way, and I didn’t collect any of the Grounded storyline. But now I am going to read it, and write about at least part of it, as it is the final story arc before the book gets cancelled because of Flashpoint.