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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.

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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 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 691 – Mon-El ambushed

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Superman 691 (Oct. 09) continues the Codename: Patriot story arc that has run through all the Superman books this month, with a story by Robinson, Guedes and Magalhaes.

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Supergirl leads Mon-El down into the sewers, where he immediately gets attacked by Nightwing and Flamebird.  Supergirl joins in on the fight against the very puzzled Mon-El, which is all being captured on film.  But the reality is that these are Mirabai, Reactron and Metallo, all in disguise thanks to Mirabai’s magic.  Together they defeat Mon-El, and then blow up the Metropolis sewer system.

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Superman is busy, chasing Val-Dar to Markovia.  General Lane set up Val-Dar to believe that the diplomatic meeting between the US and Markovia had to do with an attack on New Krypton.  Both Superman and Val-Dar are playing right into General Lane’s hands.  He makes his big public return, leading his forces against the dangerous Kryptonians, blasting them with enough kryptonite to kill Val-Dar.

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Superman is surprised to see that Sam Lane is still alive, and acting so malevolently.  He has put together some of Lane’s scam, but isn’t sure what action to take.

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A lot of Sam Lane’s plans are made clear in this story.  We see that Mirabai comes from a magical realm, which Lane uses for instantaneous transportation.  Morgan Edge is also one of Lane’s lawns, spreading exactly the slant Lane wants on the media.  By the end of this issue, Lane feels that all his plans have come to fruition perfectly.

Superman 689 – Mon-El travels the world

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Mon-El spans the globe in Superman 689 (Aug. 09), as Robinson, Guedes and Magalhaes have him interact with a large variety of heroes and villains.

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In Metropolis Mon-El takes down Live Wire and the Gentleman Ghost, while Morgan Edge takes to the airwaves to criticize him and suggest that Mon-El is really a Kryptonian.  Later in the issue, the Guardian goes on Edge’s show and avers that Mon-El is a Daxamite, and no threat to the people of Metropolis.  Morgan Edge promptly changes his tune, so quickly that one cannot help but be suspicious.

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Tellus leaves Earth, but before he does, he endows the Guardian with some telekinetic shielding, to protect him the next time he faces Codename Assassin.

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Much of the issue shows Mon-El defeating a variety of enemies in countries around the world, while at the same time taking the sights and experiences in those regions.  Congorilla gets a cameo, as does the rarely appearing Bwana Beast.

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We see that the Prankster has also been recruited by General Lane, and has used functionaries to lure Black Lightning away from Metropolis.

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The story ends with John Henry Irons taking Atlas on another tour of the world beneath the city.  Atlas drops his disguise, and turns on Steel.

The story continues in the next issue.

Adventures of Superman 543 – forming a new Superman Revenge Squad

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The creation of the post-Crisis version of the Superman Revenge Squad is charted by Kesel, Immonen and Marzan in Adventures of Superman 543 (Feb. 97).

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The story begins as Superman captures Riot, another of his more recent enemies.

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Misa has been back in Cadmus, creating havoc.  The Guardian pursues her into the tunnels, and though he does not find her, Anomaly does.  He persuades her to come meet the man who recruited him.

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At the Planet, Clark is surprised to run into Simone DeNeige, his old flame from his internship in Paris.  Simone is flirty, but evasive on why she is in Metropolis.

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Barrage, who has been around in the Superman books for quite a while without ever coming close to succeeding at anything, joins the fledgling Revenge Squad, as do Riot and Maxima.

The story continues in the next issue of Action

 

Adventures of Superman 542 – Superman goes to Cadmus for help

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Kesel and Marzan are joined by Paul Ryan for the story in Adventures of Superman 542 (Jan. 97).

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With his powers still not working, Superman comes to Cadmus for help.  The issue is largely spent there, and gives us a chance to see the original and cloned Newsboy Legion as well as Angry Charlie all running rampant.  Floyd Barstow is frightened that he will become Anomaly with Superman around, and runs off to hide in the tunnels.

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As the Guardian tries to find a way to recharge Superman, Misa returns to Cadmus, making the place even crazier than it already is.  But once she has had her fun, she leaves.  Cadmus is unable to find anything to reboot Superman’s powers, but are able to lend him the Whiz Wagon so that he can reach Emil Hamilton in the Fortress.

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In the tunnels, Floyd Barstow is approached by a mysterious man who promises to help him.

The story continues in the next issue of Action.

Adventures of Superman 467 – Batman keeps his secrets

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Adventures of Superman 467 (Aug. 90) has the second chapter of Dark Knight Over Metropolis, as Batman helps Superman investigate the death of Amanda McCoy.  He is already in possession of the kryptonite ring, and knows far more than he lets on to Superman throughout this story.  The first major team-up of these characters in the post-Crisis universe, there is far more distrust between them at this point than we are used to seeing, thanks to Jurgens and Thibert.

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But then, Batman doesn’t really trust most people, and refuses to even discuss the case with Superman as long as Gangbuster is around.

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That’s a real shame, as it leaves Jose Delgado open to being set-up by Chiller, impersonating Cat Grant, and then taken down by Shockwave.  The pair had been hired by Intergang to abduct Cat Grant, and with Jose down for the count, Chiller now takes his form. Chiller and Shockwave had not been seen since the cancellation of Booster Gold, the series in which they debuted.

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Steve Lombard makes his first post-Crisis appearance in a cameo as Intergang attacks the Lexcorp journalism awards, which Cat is at, along with Clark Kent and Lois Lane.  Morgan Edge is incensed that Lombard is broadcasting an Intergang hit on GBS just before Edge goes to trial.

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And though Superman disposes of the Intergang squad, with an assist by Batman, they were really only there as a distraction, to allow Chiller to make off with Cat Grant.

The story concludes in the next issue of Action.