Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Glen Weldon (Author)
A celebration of Superman's life and history - in time for his 75th birthday. How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Cover date: July 2008
"In a Flash"
Writer: Jake Black
Penciller: Robert Atkins
Inker: Rick Ketcham
Cover: Alex Serra
Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel
Bart sounds and flirts so realistically could this be the real Keystone?
Impulse, aka Bart Allen at first believes they are to blame for his quandary but when he realizes they might be a virtual glitch he enlists their help. Building and people are beginning to vanish and even Impulse isn't fast enough to stop them.
As the trio race through Keystone the buildings, people, and sights begin vanishing even more quickly. Triplicate girl flies up to see if there is a clue from the air. All she sees is even more erased life. Bart is crushed, even being the fastest kid alive, he can do nothing to stop it!
Bouncing Boy activates his Flight Ring and call Brainiac 5. He explains that they were sucked from a game into what seems like either a computer simulation or the real Keystone city... Brainy searches the virtual reality network and discovers something - a link through the entire network that is devastating them all.
Brainiac can't hide his excitement at meeting Bart Allen, perhaps he has historical significance? Brainiac 5 reveals the reason Keystone seems so real, a glitch is directly at its centre... City Hall! Inside, the heroes meet the cause... Tharok!
The villain has been able to interface with the entire Virtual Reality network. He's able to manipulate it completely, and soon with the tech developed in his base in Keystone... real things in the real world! To prove his ability he materializes robot soldiers thankfully these are superheroes! While Brainy reprograms the machine to cut out Tharok's influence the Legion and Bart destroy the robot army.
The feedback from the reboot knocks out Tharok and repairs the city. In the VR network it is real. Brainy tells Bart the real world police will come to extract Tharok. Somehow the glitch occurred when Triplicate Girl and Bouncing Boy literally crossed wired as Tharok activated his plot.
They extend Bart an invitation to join the Legion but he declines... for now while he wants complete control of his powers before he can think about being in a team. Saying goodbye to their new friend the Legionnaires return home and the two lovebirds plan their next date.
Story - 3: A great story and knowing Bart is still out there alive somewhere in a 'real' virtual city... well it's enough to make your brain hurt! Not enough action this month and not a fan of Tharok but it was great to see not only the romance develop and to see Impulse at his best. Which they had allowed for a villain from the past to be the cause. Ho hum! Now it's the last surviving DCUA book I hope more story crossovers begin.
Art - 3: Very reminiscent of some superb Weiringo style. I wish that Impulse escaped the glitch so we could see more of him! Now he's part of the DCUA continuity and the show is ended surely he could stay... please... seriously a blast from the past that was superbly illustrated this issue.
Cover Art - 4: IMPLUSE! Nuff said! Where's Clark! Seriously, SO SO SO good! Really good stuff! I've noticed Clark is being featured less and less, I know it's a Legion book WITH Clark tagging along but more 'Young' Superman please!
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2008.