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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #120 May 13, 2021
9.0

This is a timeless issue to me. It shows what other characters would do if they had Superman's power. Luthor would be Superior Man, and destroy those meddling heroes, topping it all off with the enslaving of mankind. Prof. Hamilton would be Science Man, able to achieve feats beyond anything modern science. Jimmy would use them to be a star and impress women, making him Selfish Man (He was in TV ne more

Superman #120

By: Dan Jurgens, Ron Frenz
Released: Dec 11, 1996

Find out what the Last Son of Krypton's closest friends and enemies would do if they possessed the power of Superman.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #113 May 13, 2021
7.5

Lois and Clark were split up, but Wedding bells were ringing for Luthor and the Contessa Del Portenza. This issue was a bit of a prelude to an upcoming story with its S.T.A.R. Labs plot. Meanwhile Lois discovers Luthor is the Contessa's mystery groom. Too bad Jimmy finds and takes her note revealing the secret before Clark can see it.

Superman #113

By: Dan Jurgens, Ron Frenz
Released: May 1, 1996

Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to quell a monster uprising at S.T.A.R. Labs! Plus, star investigative reporter Lois Lane discovers the identity of Contessa's groom. Here's a hint, his initials are L.L.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #109 May 13, 2021
7.5

The '90s gave us an interesting tradition for Superman and Lois. That was reading letters to Superman on Christmas. A letter from an abused wife turns out to be connected to Superman's adversary this issue, a former Team Luthor member who in desperation to sell his memoirs to a sleazy publisher plans to kill Superman as the final chapter. His wife helps save the day when she makes him realize she more

Superman #109

By: Dan Jurgens, Ron Frenz
Released: Dec 27, 1995

Every Christmas Eve Superman comes to the Post Office to read letters sent to him from around the world. This year someone is waiting for him. An armored assassin has come gunning for the Man of Steel. Plus, the return of someone from Clark Kent's past.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #108 May 13, 2021
9.0

A great penultimate chapter to the trial saga. By this point the character of Mope had really grown on me. It was sad to see the little guy's story come to an end, even though it was a very noble sacrifice. As with the previous chapter this further proves the Tribunal Prime has lost his sense of rationality, as he's desperate to execute Superman at all costs, even if it's by questionable methods. more

Superman #108

By: Dan Jurgens, Ron Frenz
Released: Nov 29, 1995

Story continued from Superman: The Man of Steel #52. Despite his best efforts, the Man of Steel is unable to clear his name. Will the Tribunal go ahead with Superman's execution, or will Earth's greatest hero earn a reprieve? Story concludes in Adventures of Superman (1939-2006) #531.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #92 May 13, 2021
8.0

Massacre was one of Superman's most promising new foes after his return. He encountered Superman in space a few months back, and now arrives on Earth for a rematch. An interesting thing to note is his search landed him in Metropolis Illinois, home of the Superman museum and annual Superman celebration. I also enjoyed the 2 covers for this story. First you have Massacre attacking Superman, then the more

Superman #92

By: Dan Jurgens
Released: Jun 15, 1994

Massacre in Metropolis! "Earth Run!" Part 1 of 2. Superman must battle a foe whose strength rivals his own. It's the Man of Steel versus the powerhouse known as Massacre for the fate of the world. Story continues in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1939-2006) #515.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #88 May 13, 2021
8.5

This issue determines the fate of this Bizarro, and reveals who the true villains here are. Lois has come to see him as an innocent being just looking for understanding and acceptance, meanwhile she also discovers Luthor's greatest secret. Meanwhile Superman's escalating powers are about to become more than even he can handle. Though this issue does conclude "Bizarro's world," but it also serves a more

Superman #88

By: Dan Jurgens, Stuart Immonen
Released: Feb 9, 1994

Bizarro is at the mercy of Luthor's scientists and only Superman and Lois can save him now. Or can they?

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #84 May 13, 2021
7.0

This is a tragic issue with an equally tragic end. I still don't know if Geoff Johns' story from years later is the truth or if the Toyman convinced himself of his explanation because he couldn't accept his actions in this story. A far darker Toyman than anything before makes his debut in this issue, and though like before, he thinks he's helping unfortunate children, he's really only doing harm. more

Superman #84

By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Released: Oct 13, 1993

The Toyman is back and more dangerous than ever. And this time the diabolical villain will use the son of Cat Grant as a pawn in his deadly game.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #81 May 13, 2021
8.5

This issue has two important highlights. First, it's Superman's first full issue back from the dead. And second, it reveals the origin of the rogue Cyborg Superman, not to mention how he actually has control over Mongul, who's not one for being ruled instead of being the ruler. Poor Lois has been through a lot lately so you can't blame her for her doubts, but this new guy is awful convincing. This more

Superman #81

By: Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
Released: Aug 25, 1993

The real Superman has returned...or has he? Can this really be the true Man of Steel? Will he be able to prove his identity to Lois Lane? And with Coast City destroyed, Metropolis is next! Plus, what's the origin behind the Cyborg Superman responsible for all of this destruction?

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #80 May 13, 2021
8.0

This is the issue where the Super Cyborg's true colors are revealed. I remember not being real surprised. Maybe it was his resemblance to the Terminator, but I just wasn't surprised at the time that of all the Superman that he turned out to be evil. This one also shows that it's unlikely his victim is the real thing either. The story takes its crucial turn in this issue. And Mongul kissing the bad more

Superman #80

By: Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
Released: Jul 28, 1993

Mongol's ship has reached Earth! Will anyone be able to stop him from destroying Coast City? A traitor is revealed! A Superman falls! The ultimate battle is here!

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #75 May 13, 2021
8.5

This might be the saddest comic ever made. At the time it was feared it was for good too. As Superman's ultimate struggle reaches its climax he is forced to give his all to stop a relentless killing machine with no remorse or reason to its madness. As the killing blows literally shake up Metropolis the people Superman has devoted his life to defending can only watch in horror as their beloved hero more

Superman #75

By: Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding
Released: Dec 30, 1992

Superman and Doomsday go toe-to-toe in Metropolis, and this is it--the Man of Steel falls! The Death of Superman is right here!

"Death of Superman" Part Eleven!

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7.5

The honeymoon was a real good story. This issue mainly focuses on a flashback though. When a lifetime loser tries to make a name for himself he lures Superman to the crime scene, and forces him to bring him Kryptonite he will use to kill him. With no choice, Superman complies, and it looks like the end. But when the bad guy's guard is down Superman easily busts him with no innocent life lost. This more

Action Comics #728

By: David Michelinie, Tom Grummett
Released: Oct 23, 1996

Once Guardian uses his Whiz Wagon to transport Superman to the Fortress of Solitude, the Man of Steel encounters a bizarre new alien life-form of unknown origin and intent!

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8.5

This is an interesting issue, because it's one I remember most for its side plot. While Superman battles thieves who have stolen the SCU's robotic battle suits, a simple man tries to get through the crisis of unending night. After managing to get some food he hopes to find shelter underground. Unfortunately some hoods had the same plan and are harassing innocents already there. He runs away and ge more

Action Comics #727

By: David Michelinie, Tom Grummett
Released: Sep 18, 1996

Metropolis struggles against the brutal weather brought on by the blowout of the sun as Superman and the SCU battle the returning SimmBots in Centennial Park.

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8.0

This was an interesting story. Growing up in the midwest I grew up with my share of Tornado threats. This shows something I'd have loved to see, A match for those terrible storms' fury. Superman seems at the start to be about to do something he always wanted to do: Stand against the storms that used to scare him and his family so during his childhood. It's kind of like standing up to an old bully. more

Action Comics #722

By: David Micheline, Darick Robertson
Released: Apr 17, 1996

Tornado season hits Smallville and the Kent farm finds itself right in the path of one giant twister.

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8.5

With Lois and Clark's heartbreaking breakup it was only fitting we get a few laughs with this story. Strange things are happening everywhere and there's a huge outbreak of lottery fever. It seems everyone is getting their wishes granted, despite the danger to others. Note the scene when Jimmy is surrounded by groupies. A brunette resembling a certain Mary Jane Watson also uses her famous "You've j more

Action Comics #721

By: David Micheline, Kieron Dwyer
Released: Mar 20, 1996

Metropolis goes wild with "lottery fever" as the big jackpot grows to $25 million. With the city in turmoil, Superman tries to discover who or what is behind the mysterious explosion of "good luck."

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7.5

A sad ending for an issue. A the time DC was apparently afraid marrying would change Superman too much. So they planned to tear him and Lois apart and replace her with Lori Lemaris. The readers said "Uh-uh" and by year's end they caved in and married them. Nearly 25 years later they're still married and the fans are glad. They must've made the right choice after all. Though it was a quarter centur more

Action Comics #720

By: David Michelinie, Kieron Dwyer
Released: Feb 14, 1996

Lois and Clark's relationship hits the skids as Lois makes a painful decision--calling off their engagement.

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8.0

This was an interesting encounter with the Joker, and not even a mention of Batman. It's a fool's move to think you can capitalize on the image of the Joker. It reminds me a little of the "Joker's wild" episode of Batman, which is generally the same plot. I also find it funny what a punch Jimmy packs. Very few teenagers would have the nerve to sucker punch the most deranged killer alive like that, more

Action Comics #714

By: David Micheline, Kieron Dwyer
Released: Jul 26, 1995

The Joker returns to Metropolis when a sleazy manufacturer creates a toy line based upon the Clown Prince of Crime.

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8.0

Conduit chooses a rather unique way to exact his final revenge. A simulation of Smallville with a big game between them and Metropolis as the theme. He fills the bleachers with robotic versions of his father. His way of finally winning his praise over the perfect Clark Kent by besting him in battle. This results in the villain's demise at the end. Fitting in ways since he was created to be Superma more

Action Comics #711

By: David Michelinie, Butch Guice
Released: Apr 26, 1995

"The Death of Clark Kent" part 7, continued from ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1986-2006) #524. Superman defeats the villain who has destroyed the life of Clark Kent--but it may still prove to be a pyrrhic victory unless the Man of Steel can save the lives of his parents, Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane.

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8.5

This is the issue that reveals the true mastermind. After weeks of suspicion and a great deal of stress, Superman seems to be losing it. So much so that the S.C.U. is called in to confront him. Convinced it's all one of Mr. Mxyzptlk's games, Superman begins to cross the line he's always feared he may be forced to cross. Meanwhile Brainiac is back in action and escapes New Genesis, reveling in the more

Action Comics #705

By: David Michelinie, Butch Guice

Following his fruitless search for answers to the mystery of the body in his tomb, Superman returns to Metropolis...where no one believes he's the real thing.

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9.0

Though Bizarro is held in most regards as a villain, this incarnation was an exception. He really does believe he's Superman, then an exact double shows up and it seems the world is against the poor guy. This Bizarro was actually quite lovable and innocent. You can imagine his confusion and frustration, especially when Lana, the person he felt he could always trust was startled by him. It was real more

Action Comics #697

By: Roger Stern, Jackson Guice
Released: Feb 2, 1994

Superman's infused with more power than ever; power he'll need if he hopes to stop Bizarro's rampage.

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9.5

This was a welcome story, dealing with Clark Kent's disappearance since Doomsday's rampage. Luthor even shows his joy to have Superman back-So he can kill him one day himself. Dr. Occult gives a little closure by explaining how Superman returned and made for an interesting mysterious new character. The end of the issue is still one of the best endings to a comic I've ever seen, when Clark and Lois more

Action Comics #692

By: Karl Kesel, Jackson Guice
Released: Sep 8, 1993

Superman is back! But his return raises questions, including the most compelling: What will be the fate of the other Supermen?

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8.0

This was a fun return to the classic DC days when the series was still new and we weren't yet familiar with the story of Captain Picard's disapproving father or rough relationship with his brother. This was a great example of the time traveler's biggest quagmire. Could saving an innocent change the course of history so much you realize it was a mistake? All-in-all John DeLancie did well making an more

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Gift #1

By: John De Lancie, Gordon Purcell
Released: Apr 14, 2021

An all-new reprint of the classic TNG story! Q gives Jean-Luc Picard the chance to go back in time to fix one of his biggest mistakes, but the consequences of his actions will create a ripple effect that will threaten the entire Federation! Written by Q himself - actor John de Lancie - with art by Gordon Purcell and a newly painted cover by J.K. Wo...

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8.5

A real exciting conclusion to this story. It's ironic Penguin never thought before of a daylight robbery to avoid Batman's interference. I mean, the only villain to have battled him more is the Joker, and he has craziness as an excuse.
The real surprise to me back in the day was Penguin didn't go to jail. The Actuary knew it was take the fall or die. This issue also has a unique insight as to more

Detective Comics #684

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Feb 22, 1995

With the help of the Actuary, Penguin intends to find out why all his schemes have failed against the Batman. When the flaw in his past exploits is revealed, the foul bird plans a heist in broad daylight.

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9.0

One of the ways that Chuck Dixon's writing impressed me so much is that he was able to get away with making Robin face the bigger challenge. This issue is a fine example. While Batman ends up going after a group of former KGB thugs trying to extort Wayne Enterprises, poor Robin is trapped, surrounded by fire, pursued by a one-man army carrying a miniature nuclear bomb and Bullock is badly injured. more

Detective Comics #682

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Dec 21, 1994

"Troika" part 3, continued from BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #35. Batman crosses swords with Romana as the Troika's hold on Gotham's underworld tightens. Meanwhile, Robin chases down the KGBeast! Continued in ROBIN (1993-2009) #14.

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9.5

It's issues like this that make me miss the days of Dixon and Nolan most. They put Batman in the most exciting situations and made us see how Tim Drake's Robin was more than capable of handling the world of crime fighting. Especially since he had no idea where Batman was in this issue. The end is also interesting. The bad guy seems to have fallen to his end, and none of his gang can identify him i more

Detective Comics #688

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Jun 21, 1995

Captain Fear leaves Batman in an escapable trap, facing the deadly currents of the Gotham River.

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8.5

The cover says "Power grab" but the real grab is between the bad guys. This shows why Luthor is best as the super billionaire. Poor Boss Moxie bites off more than he can chew. He thinks things are going to be like 60 years ago. Nope. The big boss man is Lex now, and he proves he's the most dangerous criminal ever in Metropolis, and he won't have any has-been take his empire.
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Adventures of Superman #552

By: Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett
Released: Sep 17, 1997

People are mysteriously disappearing from Metropolis! They walk down a gray city street and they vanish, leaving behind tearful families! Does this have anything to do with the Parasite? Well, no, but he's what's occupying Superman's attention at the moment.

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9.0

The Trial was instantly one of my favorite stories. It reaches its conclusion here and When it becomes apparent the head of the Tribunal has lost any rationality (Possibly power drunk, it's never really explained), the other judges must do what they feel is right, and that's to have him arrested. The Cyborg also ends up getting his, by being pulled into a black hole. I knew even then even that wou more

Adventures of Superman #531

By: Karl Kesel, Stuart Immonen
Released: Dec 6, 1995

The conclusion of “The Trial of Superman”! Superman and his allies return to Tribunal World and debate Superman's and Mope's sentences one last time; both Superman and Tribunal Prime receive their final punishments, and Superman returns to Earth and Lois.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Batman #521 May 11, 2021
7.0

A decent issue. The only real important thing was Alfred's return after a year of absence. Otherwise it was a slow story, but still preferable to anything they put out today. If you see it for a couple of bucks in the back issue bin it's worth that.

Batman #521

By: Doug Moench, Kelley Jones
Released: Jun 7, 1995

Killer Croc escapes Arkham Asylum and the trail leads Batman to Louisiana, where Croc's mysterious ally awaits!

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Batman #520 May 11, 2021
7.0

This issue was a bit disappointing. You'd expect Batman to deal with Black Mask, who got away last issue, but instead he's gone into hiding and Batman gives up hunting for him. The side story featuring Bullock was entertaining, but had such a sad ending.

Batman #520

By: Doug Moench, Eduardo Barreto
Released: May 3, 1995

While Harvey Bullock finds romance with a nurse and James Gordon struggles to preserve his marriage to the woman who took his job, Batman prowls the city's darkest alleys trying to prevent the Black Mask gang's next murder.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Batman #518 May 11, 2021
8.0

Almost 10 years after his debut Black Mask returns. And so does Black Spider, sort of. It's a new guy in a new costume, but he still makes for a deadly duo. I also liked when Black Mask looked like an old fashioned gangster. That skull look from War Games onward sucks.

Batman #518

By: Doug Moench, Kelley Jones
Released: Mar 8, 1995

As a gang murders innocent Gotham City citizens, the deadly Black Spider battles the Dark Knight.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Batman #515 May 11, 2021
8.5

One of the things I liked about this issue was that it wasted no time getting the regular Batman back into action. It also gets this story off to an interesting start. Kelly Jones' work had it's own dark style compared to most Batman art in the '90s. He also introduced his own mysterious character, the shady puppetman. Whatever it was to him was, unfortunately never revealed. He'd just pop up once more

Batman #515

By: Doug Moench, Kelley Jones
Released: Dec 7, 1994

"Troika" part 1! A new era begins for the Dark Knight as Bruce Wayne adopts a fearsome new look for his battle against a group of former KGB operatives. The Dark Knight's first encounter with the "Troika" turns into a savage clash with the Cossack. Continued in BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #35.

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