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Super Friends #22

Super Friends #22

Scheduled to arrive in stores: December 9, 2009

Cover date: February 2010

"All I Want For Christmas"

Writer: Sholly Fisch
Penciller: Dario Brizuela
Inker: Dario Brizuela
Cover: J. Bone

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Roll Call: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern: John Stewart, Aquaman

The team are reading their Christmas letters when they come across one that tugs at their heart strings so much they have to make a personal visit.

Little Ellie Tavares is the most knowledgeable Super Friends fan in the world and has a Christmas wish she hopes her heroes can grant her.

Ellie was born with a spinal deformation that she's had to live with all her life and her greatest wish... would be to walk.

Naturally the team is stumped and when they see Ellie heartbroken they invite her to their satellite headquarters to make her feel better.

Once up in space, the team switch off the artificial gravity and give Ellie the gift of flight instead!

Superman activates a view screen to show Ellie famous people in history that also had disabilities and Wonder Woman points out that having a disability shouldn't prevent you from your dreams.

There are even Superheroes with disabilities! Oracle, Captain Marvel Jr. even the leader of The Doom Patrol!

Ellie jokes about their excessive preaching and Flash decides to take her on a tour of the trophy room.

While the others are tidying up they are caught off guard by a supervillain that has snuck aboard... a crook that promptly wipes their memories!

The villain reveals himself to be Amos Fortune! A regular thorn in their side but with a temporary mind wipe they have no idea who he is or even how to stop him.

Flash arrives to investigate and he too is wiped, now nothing can stop Fortune from crashing the satellite!

While searching for the satellite control room Amos stumbles across the trophy room and his most powerful weapon - the Stimoluck, a device able to control luck! While trying to steal it back he is surprised by Ellie.

Ellie is able to avoid capture and the amnesia weapon because of her wheelchair and using her fandom knowledge she uses a weapon called a Gamma Gong that once belonged to Kanjar Ro. The Gong when hit freezes anything in the same room luckily Ellie had Kanjar Ro's special soundproof helmet on! Unfortunately for Amos, he's been caught, stone cold!

When the amnesia ray wears off the Super Friends return Ellie home and give her another gift, membership in their group!



Green Lantern "I've Been Framed" Kit

Mister Memory's Memory Game

Be a Super Friend, overcome your disability guide.

4Story - 4: This time round we've got the old faithful storyline of Christmas letters, but surprisingly they chose a controversial topic of a child asking for a cure to her disability.

There is continuity with the lame-o villain Amos Fortune, which kids that have been reading since issue one will appreciate.

It's a heart-warmer that unfortunately asks a heart-wrenching question but then avoids answering it by any means necessary.

A good try at something different - at least it's not as saccharin as the DCU Holiday Special which was also released this week...

3Art - 3: The artwork is exhaustingly the same. If you've ever seen the very old Marvel Comics animation of the terrible motion comics you'll know what I mean. This is what reading issue after issue is like... there isn't any variation... even with the sneak peak at other characters in the DCU... they all look the same... It's getting to be a struggle to point out anything in the art that's worth mentioning.

4Cover Art - 4: A Green Lantern powered sled, Superman as Santa, what's not to love!

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