And Then I Read: JIMMY OLSEN #1

Image © DC Comics. Written by Matt Fraction, art by Steve Lieber,
colors by Nathan Fairbairn, letters by Clayton Cowles.

As soon as I saw the cover of this comic I had a feeling I’d enjoy it, and I was right. Here, as in the distant past when he had his own title previously, Superman’s Pal is played for humor while getting into lots of trouble. Writer Matt Fraction also takes some time to explore Jimmy’s roots in Metropolis, as in the opening sequence, but the main story is Jimmy attempting to survive jumping out of a spaceship above the Earth without a parachute. As usual, everything goes wrong to an amusing degree, and even Superman’s rescue isn’t entirely successful.

Jimmy’s boss Perry White has every right to fire him, but settles for another solution to his Olsen problem: sending Jimmy on assignment…apparently a 12-issue series of assignments…beginning with Gotham City.

The art by Steve Lieber hits all the right notes, the script by Fraction is clever and entertaining. The colors by Fairbairn and letters by Cowles add to the fun, making this the most appealing new DC comic I’ve read in a while. Recommended.

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