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Super Friends #29

Super Friends #29 - Final Issue

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 14, 2010

Cover date: September 2010

"Con Games"

Writer: Sholly Fisch
Penciller: Stewart McKenny
Inker: Dan Davis
Cover: J. Bone

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Roll Call: Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Mr Mxyzptlk, Mopee, Shaggy The Leprechaun, Bat-Mite, Quisp, Dan DiDio

It's Comic convention time, where every fan migrates to every year and it seems every magical imp or 5th dimensional being converges in excitement also. In fact the little imps are like kids in a candy store enjoying all the events, Mxy even promises not to use his magic during the con. However, he soon regrets that when they become insanely bored during a goody goody Super Friends Q&A.

Bat-Mite is easily tricked into using his magic to make Titano the Super Ape appear in the centre of the convention! Titano battles the Super Friends but when a fan points out that Titano is a fake, that he magically pulled himself off a nearby cinema screen the ape suddenly turns into a children's toy.

Next Mxy cons Shaggy into believing Golden Age Comics are really gold and the leprechaun magics away the convention's supply to the end of a rainbow. Then Mxy spots Quisp arguing with a fan over Aquaman being a better hero than Superman. With a few planted suggestions Mxy tricks Quisp into creating magical flying sea creatures to chase after fans that don't like Aquaman. Luckily Aquaman is around to stop the hunt and make the creatures disappear as Titano did.

Mopee is struggling to convince fans that he was the one that sent the lightning bolt down that gave the Flash his powers, yet again with influence from Mxy to give everyone super powers - havoc breaks loose. The Super Friends struggle to contain the new super fans and during the mess Mxy accidentally reveals his presence by laughing too much. With magic bolts, lasers, explosions and the like suddenly flying all over, Mxy chickens out back to the 5th dimension.

The other imps soon reveal themselves too but are very apologetic for ruining the convention. Lesson learnt about caving to peer pressure, the imps use their combined magic to reverse the effects they had on the con - next time it will be different.

Next time?!!

The End.



Kltpzyxm! Puzzle

What's your Imp name puzzle and ID badge

To Be Con-Tinued puzzle

5Story - 5: I'll admit it, the inner geek in me fell in love with this issue. I can't do it justice in the review - you really have to buy it. Not only are there literally hundred of in jokes for long time fans but the book also decides to go all out for its finale with a truly fun and memorable story. A minor niggle is the non fan would only really be familiar with Mxy and Bat-Mite a little dialogue on who they were would have been nice. Regardless, this series has come a long way from its restricted beginnings. I honestly wish this wasn't the end, I salute you Sholly Fisch for being a determined, dedicated writer.

5Art - 5: Simply awesome layouts and even some 'breaking the fourth wall' border art. Just like the story, the art is littered with references only a real comics fan would understand and appreciate. I refuse to spoil it as a fan to fan thing, I just say please go grab this issue - it's the very last one so just enjoy the book's superb dedication to bringing us something special. Interestingly the paper stock changed this issue to glossy, silk print and wow the art looks so spectacular on the new stock - why wasn't this done earlier?!

Stewart McKenny delivers some of his best work to date on this series.

5Cover Art - 5: Just like the interior, the books cover is bursting at the seams with references. I mentioned before that the covers ought to be released as posters, this issue is no exception! I was once this book's harshest critic but really I had always been hard because I wanted them to strive for better. The book grew to new heights, constantly bettering itself. It had an entire DCUA line of books to live up to and in the end it really was the little book that could. J. Bone is a genuine talent to look out for if you haven't discovered him already.

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