WHITMORE, GLEN AND HORNE, RICHARD & TANYA - SUPERMAN – NO LIMITS 2000. DC.
Not really a proper graphic novel, in that it weaves several plot strands and general comic book elements to fluff up and pad out a series of lesser Man Of Steel adventures to give a sense of something epic going on. Most of the strands and plot threads are left inconclusive. The best, and the funniest in a generally dark series of events, is the appearance in Metropolis of a bunch of really rubbish wannabe super villains. Each one is convinced that he or she has a supply of Kryptonite with which to kill Superman, but they have each been sold a harmless green emerald-like mineral. Superman dispatches them and goes after the woman who sold it to them. She has Batman’s enemy, The Riddler as an accomplice. In another thread, Superman has unwittingly flown into action with Clark Kent’s wedding ring still on his hand, provoking mass media speculation on which Mrs. Superman might be marrying. This is even taken up at Clark’s paper, the Daly Planet, creating huge problems for Lois, Clark, Jimmy Olsen (in trouble for trying to suppress the damming pictures) and editor, Perry White. A woman called Obsession gets jealous and seeks to kill the woman who stole Superman from her. Superman is saved when his Justice League Of America (JLA) allies assure the World that the ring is actually one that they all wear to denote membership. Nevertheless, Lois is jealous of Superman getting to fly around with women in sexy super-heroine outfits. This is made worst by a connecting story when Superman goes to Asgaard with Wonder Woman and gets dangerously close to falling in love with her. They are trapped in Asgaard (Strangely reminiscent of the Thor comics produced by DC rivals, Marvel) helping to crush an army of evil there. The weakest story is that of how Kryptonian technology at the now destroyed Fortress Of Solitude, has started to terraform Earth into a Kryptonian landscape, but Superman stops that rather too easily. The central thread is the most disappointing of all. Superman meets Mongul, son of Mongul, a planet-eating tyrant reminiscent of Marvel’s Galactus. Mongul comes seeking not the destruction of earth, but to enlist Superman’s help in defeating an even bigger menace than him that approaches from space. Though not trusting Mongul Junior (who is bitter about Superman having killed his father), Superman agrees to be trained up by Mongul and to go with him to defeat the powerful space machine, which Superman does ridiculously easily. Now Mongul Junior turns on Superman, but he too is beaten easily, and taken away by a galactic bounty hunter called Lobo. The stories are all OK, but only the fake Krypton one stands out as a classic. This is no Graphic novel – just a compilation in disguise. http://www.dccomics.com/
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