And Then I Read: JIMMY OLSEN #8

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

Here we are at issue 8 of this 12-issue series, and my reaction remains the same: I enjoy reading it, I find it funny and love the many nooks and crannies of the DC Universe it stumbles through and mocks, but I still find the overall story confusing. Jimmy himself is a hoot, fully embracing his own wackiness. He loves visiting Gorilla City, for example, as we see above. “I go there all the time!” he says.

The story is told in a series of short vignettes from one to several pages. Storylines weave in and out. All of them are amusing. The opening quartet of pages mimicking four versions of Superman from some years ago is quite good. But, who is the porcupine guy? Why is Jimmy’s brother closing down his fan club? Why does his successful playwright sister tag along with him? These and other questions remain, and I don’t mind. It’s all good.

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