Review: Superman #43

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writers: Patrick Gleason & Peter J. Tomasi

Artist: Patrick Gleason with Joe Prado

 

Summary

“Bizarroverse” part two! What do you get when you try to fit a boy from a square planet into a round one? Boyzarro! Superboy and Kathy try to keep the lid on their Bizarro-sized can of worms as Boyzarro tears a rage-filled path of destruction from Metropolis to Hamilton and beyond! But what happens when Superman and Bizarro find out what their kids have been up to?

 

Positives

The Bizarro version of Superboy, Boyzarro has followed Jon and Kathy home from Bizarro World (or Htrae), where Superman and son are tasked with taking him back to his own world.

Some guest stars come along for the trip. Jon’s friend from Hamilton County, Kathy Cobb has adopted a superhero name Beacon. And we find that Superman has enlisted Nobody to keep a secret watch over Jon and Kathy. But before they can return Boyzarro to his home world, Robzarro (Bizarro Robin) and his pet Tiny (Bizarro Goliath).

Amusingly, the Bizarro version of grumpy, brooding Damian Wayne is an overly-friendly would-be ladies man. There are quite a few instances of hilarity arising from backwards Bizarro logic and the Kents’ attempts to make sense of it.

For example, when Boyzarro is returned to his mother, Loiz, her response is to angrily yell, “Boyzarro good boy! Father not looking for you! Wait ’til he goes away! Boyzarro not dead!”

Then there is Loiz’ flirting with Clark, when she realizes that he “am not new and better Bizarro for Loiz.” And to top off the Bizarro foolishness, we are briefly introduced to the Legion of Fun, a funhouse mirror version of the Legion of Doom from the Super Friends cartoon.

 

Negatives

I can’t really find much to fault with this issue, unless you don’t like Bizarro and his reverse world. Admittedly, the silliness borders is on a level rarely seen in Superman comics since the silver age, but if you can appreciate the occasional bit of silliness in a Superman comic, then you shouldn’t have a problem with this story.

 

Verdict

This storyline reminds me of how much fun Tomasi and Gleason’s run has been so far. It’s been a great ride, and it’s too bad that it’s almost at an end. But it’s not quite over yet, so let’s just sit back and enjoy it while we still can.

 

 

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Derek McNeil

I have been an avid reader of DC Comics since the early 70s. My earliest exposure was to Batman and Superman comics, Batman (Adam West) reruns, and watching the Super-Friends every Saturday morning.