Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Steve Lieber Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 17, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 31
8.9Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman's best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It's a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City. And then we kill Jimmy.

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 16, 2019

    I think this is going to be my new go-to DC book when I just need a good laugh over some unexpectedly ridiculous scenarios. Welcome to the big dance Jimmy. You deserve this moment in the spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 17, 2019

    It's rare that a comic sets is tone and themes up so perfectly in one issue the way Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1 does, but Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber's bizarre continuation of the wacky status quo they set up in the Leviathan Rising special takes that story's strengths and doubles down on them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jul 17, 2019

    This12-issue series " one of many currently being published " has the mostentertainment potential at this time. Dont miss it if you can. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jul 19, 2019

    This is a well executed effort at something completely unique to the superhero genre from a seasoned creative team that knows how to shake things up and make you laugh. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Jul 17, 2019

    Its no secret that Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen, along with the currently-running Lois Lane mini and the upcoming Legion of Superheroes relaunch, is part of the renaissance of the Superman titles that began last year with Action Comics #1000. The first issue is a comedic masterpiece and promises great things to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jun 13, 2019

    Jimmy Olsen #1 is the rare superhero comic that not only acknowledges the immense potential of its medium, but throws a lasso around its neck and leaps onto its back to see how far it can be ridden. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 19, 2019

    So, if you're looking for a book with humor and heart, look no further - Jimmy is everyone's pal! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Jun 20, 2019

    Run, don't walk, to your nearest comic book shop, and grab this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jul 17, 2019

    Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen's is a fun read, setting up for what is likely going to be a compelling series. The issue doesn't actually add too much to Jimmy, but he is written so well that it just doesn't matter. The writing and art pull from just the best parts of the silver age, and I can't wait to see where this creative team goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 17, 2019

    One thing you cant deny about Jimmy Olsen is the creative firepower it contains. As well as the aforementioned Fraction, whose beloved Hawkeye ended four years ago this week, he brings along fellow Marvel alum Steve Lieber, whose acclaimed Super Foes of Spider-Man ran concurrently with the former. Together, theyre unstoppable its such a perfect match of sensibilities that you have to wonder why it never happened sooner. Fractions script is witty enough on its own, but Liebers art takes it over the top. It also helps that Liebers style is very compatible with the platonic ideal of Silver Age comics, with clean lines and simple layouts. Colorist Nathan Fairbairns palette is equally suited to the aesthetic, opting for flat tones whenever possible but utilizing visual depth when appropriate. Its easy to pretend this is a comic that was published decades ago, and I say that in a good way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 18, 2019

    It's a fun issue overall! Fraction has a great handle on the character and it shows. Likewise, Lieber is an artist who doesn't get enough attention. Together, the two of them do an amazing job of bringing this book to life. I look forward to see what adventures they have in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jul 17, 2019

    Sure it's a little absurd at times, and readers looking for a more straight-laced superhero pal story are likely to be bitterly disappointed, but I absolutely defy anyone to make it all the way through this first issue without at least cracking a smile. Fraction and Lieber are about as perfectly suited a creative partnership as I can think of, and the way they continually play off each other here makes this nothing less than an absolute joy to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Adrian Care Jul 25, 2019

    This is a book that emphasizes fun. Reading it is nothing but a good time packed with creativity, laughs, and quick paced adventure. It's clear that being Superman's Pal is a ball, and Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen is undoubtedly enjoying himself as he takes us along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jul 20, 2019

    The art and story fit perfectly together in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1. The lighthearted comedy-mystery is full of laughs and a very intriguing conundrum/riddle as well. If you are looking for something to put a smile on your face or have a spot to fill in a light week of comics then I definitely suggest you check out this series; you will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jul 20, 2019

    The art and story fit perfectly together in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1. The lighthearted comedy-mystery is full of laughs and a very intriguing conundrum/riddle as well. If you are looking for something to put a smile on your face or have a spot to fill in a light week of comics then I definitely suggest you check out this series; you will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Jun 12, 2019

    Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 nails the fun, fearless and feckless sidekick of legend with great storytelling, fine art, sophisticated colors and pro lettering. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Jul 17, 2019

    I'm still not sure why Matt Fraction wants to write about Jimmy Olsen, but, as the result, this issue is entertaining, intriguing and genuinely funny, I'm not going to let that bother me too much. Lieber's art adds considerably to the humor and, at times, the tension in these pages; he and Fraction deliver an impressive slice of fast-paced, almost 'madcap', comic book storytelling. On the whole, despite an oddly downbeat start, this works for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 19, 2019

    While this book won't be everyone's cup of tea, it's still an uproariously funny title that should appeal to anyone who doesn't take their comics too seriously and thinks bow-ties are cool. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 21, 2019

    The adventures of the world's greatest pal are off to a high-velocity start and all of it is entertaining and well-drawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Jul 17, 2019

    Steve Lieber complements the tone and style of this story with some impressive and fun art. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jul 18, 2019

    Jimmy Olsen is back, and maybe a smidge too cutesy for his own good...but that's not necessarily the worst thing that could happen. What this book needs is a bit more story, and less forced quirkiness, and it will fire on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jul 17, 2019

    While the first issue shows promise, this look into Jimmy Olsen's life is certainly a weird one. Read Full Review

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