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Cover date: October 2008
"Challenge of the DC Superfriends"
Writer: Sholly Fisch
Penciller: Dario Brizuela
Inker: Dario Brizuela
Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel
Lois Lane is hosting a special event in a stadium, the Challenge of the Superfriends! A special event watched by the world and even the inhabitants of Arkham Asylum.
Inspired by traps set for them by their enemies, the Superfriends decide that they should trap themselves on purpose to raise charity funds!
Each friend is locked inside a different trap with no way out.
Superman is in a lead and kryptonite lined box.
Flash is inside an anti friction globe.
Aquaman is inside a heat lamp lit case.
Wonder Woman de-powered by bonding her bracelets together.
Green Lantern in an anti Oan powered energy field.
Batman in a repetitive trap changer.
But as the show begins it is hijacked by evil super villain, The Key!
Capturing Lois, he tells the crowd he had sneakily adapted each trap to remove the emergency routes they had added.
Superman had lethal dosages of Kryptonite added to his trap.
The floor of Flash's trap was reinforced so he couldn't vibrate through the floor.
Aquaman's trap had extra lighting added to drain his life-force.
Wonder Woman's chains were thickened so she couldn't slice through them with her tiara.
Green Lantern's ring powered trap had a back up battery added so he couldn't escape when he ran out of power.
Batman was encased in solid cement.
The audience also found they were unable to help their heroes, they were glued down to their seats!
Superman realizes they might not be able to escape their own traps but they could help each other. Superman uses his remaining heat vision to melt the lead of his trap to coat the kryptonite. This enabled him to pierce Aquaman's case and he filled the case with his freeze breath. The lamps melted the ice and doused Arthur in invigorating water.
Smashing out he was able to then short the Flash's trap so he could break free and use his super speed to saw through Diana's chains re-powering her!
In turn she freed Superman and they released John from his trap.
The Batman? Well... he's BATMAN!
The Key it turns out had robbed them of their accessories and was on the run! Working together the team gave chase and were able to catch him and collect their missing weapons.
Batman smiles that super escape artist The Key could escape any trap - or so he boasts. So Bruce traps him neck deep in cement!
The Key is astounded - how did Batman escape! Without the secret - neither could he - ever!
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Special features this issue:
Aquaman Fact File, Aquaman Swim Twins game, Make Wonder Woman's invisible plane, Spot the trophy game.
Story - 4: A witty story proving the Super Friends are very resourceful even at their lowest. Not sure I understand why Lois Lane was hosting it, especially as it was in Keystone, but hey this isn't Shakespeare - just a fun family adventure. An enjoyable romp that will have kids scratching their heads on how they'll escape - especially Batman - without his darn toys! Nice touch linking children with their parents/grandparents just through a story title though!
Art - 4: Lois looks like a Diana clone, separated only be a tiara - not good when that is lost in the trap. The designs however don't alter, very solid and easy on the eye - the giganto limbs aren't so much of a bother anymore!
Cover Art - 4: OOOH! Weird they'd throw in a title for the book this month for the parents but neat either way! I hate that they slap Mattel branding all over it but it's still a cool cover!
Check out the Comic Index Lists for the complete list of Superman-related comics published in 2008.