Sunday, July 29, 2007

Blogathon 38: Adventures of Superman #617

After last issue's groundbreaking revelation, where does Casey go?

He brings us the Mxy twins, the newest incarnation of Mr. Mxyzptlk and their quest to sell encyclopedias. When we meet them, they're trying to get Perry White to buy a set. At the same time, Superman saves the world from colliding with the ghost of a parallel earth. That's big action right there.

Apparently, the Mxy twins tried to sell encyclopedias all over the world and universe before getting to Perry. When he tells them to get lost, they fuck up his brain and he winds up in the hospital.

The Mxy twins show up at Lois and Clark's apartment and the four have dinner under the sea or something. Superman shows them that he's not defenceless against them. As a result, they take away earth's gravity.

Superman chooses to fight the Mxy twins with his brain. When they telepathically assault him, he turns it around on them. He tries to discuss things with them, but that doesn't work.

I'm actually having a hard time figuring out what Casey's goal with the Mxy twins is. Why twins? Why sell encyclopedias? Is it meant to just be absurd?

My favourite part of the issue is how on the first page, it gives the location of Metropolis, but then in brackets says "Where else?"

Charlie Adlard's art is decent, but just isn't suited to this title. He tells the story well enough, I just miss Derec Aucoin's work.