Volume 4, Psi War

Book - 2014
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"The Queen of H.I.V.E.(Holistically Intergrated Viral Equality) has placed the telepathic Dr. Hector Hammond's thoughts deep into the recesses of Superman's mind in an effort to control the Man of Steel. The merging of Hammond and the Superman's minds brings about vivid hallucinations that cause Superman to experience different realities and view longtime allies as potential threats. With the Man of Steel unable to tell what is real and what is a hallucination, it is up to Orion of the New Gods and Wonder Woman to release the H.I.V.E.'s grip on Superman and save the universe from succumbing to power of the H.I.V.E. Collects SUPERMAN #18-24 and Superman Annual #2"--
Publisher: New York :, DC Comics,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781401246235
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,27 cm
Alternative Title: Psi War


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May 23, 2015

I was back and forth between 3 and 4 stars enough times to call this one an official "3.5 stars out of 5".

Pros? Cool flashback and hallucination sequences give nice insights into Clark Kent's interior life, and Rocafort's art continues to wow and astound. Also, Lois Lane meets Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) for the first time and the scene is really well handled- insecurities come to the fore, without any broad and embarrassing cattiness which is a refreshing take, and a respectful one for two female characters with such a legacy.

Cons? Well, as one of the several antagonists comments, it doesn't do to bring fists to a mind fight, so a storyline featuring supes versus psionic powers is always going to be a challenge to write and pull off. I won't say that Lobdell totally missed the mark, but employing Lois as a superpowered Deux Ex Machina just didn't feel right- part of the appeal of the character is her consistent humanity, and having her "power up" and save the day cheapens that in an important way I feel.

Overall? I enjoyed the arc, Lobdell certainly crammed a lot of characters and plot development in a few issues. It ends on a cliffhanger, I wonder what could be in store for Krypton's Last next?

DC387 Aug 25, 2014

Ok Storyline with Good Artwork.


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