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Cover Date: May 2006
Cover Price: US $ 2.99
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 36 pages
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So...it's Lois' birthday and Superman believes that he might not have long to live. What does he give to her on what may be their last happy day together?
Superpowers, baby. Oh…and an under-the-sea party…
Lots of super-fun things this issue...
- The fact that the super serum which gives Lois the powers is in a vial resembling a piece of gold kryptonite is a nice touch.
- Morrison uses characters from various eras…Cat Grant and Steve Lombard are both here…sort of the trashier versions of Lois and Clark. The Jimmy Olson as grown-up Tintin is cool. I can’t quite figure out what his gift to Lois is.
- I love that dinosaur men from the center of the Earth just pop up here. A long time ago John Byrne said something along the lines of...in the silver age, Superman would be flying over the ocean and a giant, red sea monster would just attack for no reason and they would fight for a page and Superman would fly off again to take care of the main plot...in the modern age the sea monster would get a three issue mini-series first and the battle would last four issues in Superman. This dinosaur army attacks Metropolis, but it is really a minor part of the plot. It does help introduce us to two historical reflections of Superman…Samson and Atlas…yeah, the actual guys…
- Now these two are the ancient world’s answer to Beavis and Butthead…muscle-headed chumps traveling through time and space, trying to impress each other and the ladies. They make Marvel’s Hercules look like David Niven. Samson has a time-traveling car and has shown up with pal, Atlas, because they know that Superman is supposed to die very soon…Samson even has the Daily Planet from the near future with the headline “Superman Dead”. Are they here to help the man of steel in his time of need? Uh…no. One, they’ve heard that Supes will perform many amazing deeds prior to his death, including answering the unanswerable question (and they wanna watch) and, two, they want to be a shoulder for poor Lois to cry on. That’s right…all those powers and they are just lookin’ to steal Superman’s girlfriend.
- Well…Superman is not too thrilled to say the least. THEN, the morons whip out a lethal piece of jewelry to give to Lois…good thing she’s invulnerable today. Of course, they forget to mention that they stole it from a very angry Egyptian sphinx-god named Atom-Hotep.
- When Atom-Hotep shows up, grabs the necklace, and holds Lois in a limbo state of life/death…the goofball godlings are useless. Superman must try to answer the question and save Lois. “What happens when the immovable object meets the irresistible force?”, Atom-Hotep asks. Superman is silent until Lois opens her eyes and looks at him. “They surrender”, he quietly says. Atom-Hotep is content with that and Lois is handed to Superman. “I’ve got you”, he says. (Cue warm movie moment) I really, really liked this as it sort of sums up the whole Superman/Lois relationship. Lois and Clark are those two amazing forces and, as he later tells her, his feelings for her are the only thing he is really powerless against. It’s all leading up to the big ending…
- So are Samson and Atlas shamed? Oh no…they still wanna strength battle with Superman. We then have a wonderful two-page arm-wrestling contest…the lunkheads get theirs and still have a great time…making them a bit lovable.
- As the day winds down…Lois wonders why Clark wasn’t at the party (still not believing the big reveal from issue one)…Superman takes Lois to the moon for a private moment…and a splash page that I’d love to own. They go back to Lois’ place and she comments that she is starting to lose her powers…she can’t hear the stars sing anymore…can’t see radio. Superman is trying to ask the big question…he’s doing the final surrender to Lois’ irresistible force…but before he can, she’s fast asleep. He gently takes her to bed, kisses her forehead, and leaves.
- We’re left looking at the Daily Planet with “Superman Dead”…only now we can see that the author of the article is Clark Kent. Samson may have just handed Superman enough information to come out of this OK. Of course, we know, and Superman believes, that it probably will come out fine. Morrison’s Superman is the first one I’ve ever read that just puts off a super-aura of calm. Superman is always, always in control. Craziness all around him, yet he has the ability to bring peace wherever he goes.
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