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Cover date: August 2001
2001 Shield No. 32
Writer: Mark Schultz
Penciller: Doug Mahnke
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.
Reviewed by: Nick Newman (NNewman8283@yahoo.com)
Kal finds a lone alien watching a screen. He quickly subdues the extra-terrestrial and dons his uniform when a bulkhead slides away exposing a window to outerspace. The room is suddenly filled with aliens, bearing down on Superman.
Back with the Metropolis population, Lois approaches the aliens and tells them that they are humans, and they have certain needs to attend to. The aliens regard her as the first reasonable voice, and ask her what they need.
Superman battles the aliens, but they just keep coming. Attempting to draw the battle away from the ship, he heads outside. The aliens follow but then quickly begin to fire on him. Most of their shots, however, hit the ship instead. He quickly spins and begins to repair the ship, but is stopped by the ship's masters. Superman is confronted by Maxima, Massacre, Grayven, Mongal, Starfire, and Adam Strange. They quickly begin to argue, but Adam steps in and teleports himself and the Man of Steel from the ship.
In deep space, Adam Strange shows Superman the area that Imperiex has already conquered, a huge black void amidst the stars. He tells him that the people of Metropolis have been moved because Metropolis will be needed in the coming war. Superman understands and tells Adam to tell the people of Metropolis that he is watching out for them and 'Beef Bourgignon with ketchup'. Adam then teleports Superman back to Metropolis.
Superman is shocked to see alien ships traversing the skyline. Metropolis is under alien control. He heads skyward when suddenly a booming sound fills the air. A tell-tale sign of a boom tube fades away, Apokolips looms in the heavens. Darkseid tells Superman to hold his attack, for the ruler of Apokolips has come to save Earth, not destroy it.
Story - 4: Another good intro to "Our Worlds At War", but I am really wanting the actual storyline to start. Too much intro can ruin the actual point of the story. I liked the appearance of the alliance, and Massacre's appearance was certainly a surprise (has he appeared since 1994 when he disappeared?) [Editor: Massacre appeared with Maxima soon after Superman's first battle against Imperiex back in Superman #159]. The mix of aliens in the group was nice. I also liked Darkseid finally showing up. He has been out of the Superman books for far too long. I liked it, but I would really like the story to get going.
Art - 4: I feel like Mahnke stepped his style down a notch this issue and I appreciated it very much. The characters looked slightly more 'normal' than they have been. The aliens were well done, as Mahnke's always are, and Darkseid looked very nice, as did Apokolips.
Cover Art - 3: Superman looks horrible, his face in particular, but other than that I like the cover. Darkseid is there and Apokolips looks good. I would like it more if the alliance leaders were on it though.
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2001.