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BOOK REVIEW - JURGENS, DAN & NOWLAN, KEVIN – SUPERMAN V ALIEMS 1996 DC 

 

Graphic novel cross-genre piece, which immediately sounds rather one, sided. Without Kryptonite, the aliens defeated by Ripley (Signourey Weaver’s character in the Alien movies) would seem to have precious little chance against the Man Of Steel. The contrived, even sledge-hammered together plot has Lexcorp discover that an alien probe is heading for Earth. Lois Lane and Clark Kent head into investigate the story for the Daly Planet, and Clark soon realizes that the probe communicates in the language of his planet, Krypton. He turns into Superman and finds out that the probe has connections with a city in space, protected by a force field bubble. He assumes that the World may have escaped the destruction of the planet Krypton and plans an expedition to meet his own peoples. Lexcorp provide a space station for much of the journey, and then Superman heads off alone. In fact, the assumption is incorrect. The city is not Kryptonian, but belongs to other people who once visited Krypton and adapted their culture and language. Superman, distant from any Sun, finds his powers fading, and that the city is infested with aliens in their chest burster and full-grown monster forms. He discovers this after he has sent his own ship back to the space station with some survivors on board, who are of course, also infected with alien chest-bursters. Superman now has to survive on the alien infested domed city world until he can find a means to escape and protect Lois and others who by this stage have their own alien problem to handle. He tries to protect the one survivor on the domed city, a girl called Kara. Due to weakening powers he is of course vulnerable to the alien attacks, but his efforts to fight back are actually pathetic, and he even tries to talk to them to offer reason. Eventually, chest bursters infect him and Kara. They find a ship with escape pods but they need to blow a hatchway to get themselves out. Superman fights off the alien hordes, and Kara appears to blow herself up as Superman feels the alien trying to burst out of his guts. He takes the pod towards the space station, and the Sun, gaining in strength, and he is able to vomit out the alien before it can rip out of him. He now saves Lois and the other survivors on the Lexcorp ship. Stupid, unconvincing and lethargic story telling throughout. Unknown to Superman, Kara has also survived and seems to be possibly heading for earth in another escape pod, potentially bringing aliens with her. Heaven forbid them from writing a sequel.

 

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