With issue #2 of the “Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen” 12-issue comic book maxi-series from writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber available today, EW.com caught up with the pair to ask them why Jimmy Olsen is so important to Metropolis and the DC Universe as a whole.
“The thing about Jimmy is he’s incredibly malleable,” Fraction tells EW. “He’s the DC universe’s witness, he’s the guy who lives to tell the tale. So that was what I wanted to do, because if they never let me do a book here again, it will be nice to flex as many muscles as possible. So let’s do Superman stories, let’s do weird transformation stories, let’s do a Western. When it comes to Jimmy as a character, his superpower is none of that freaks him out.”
If you read the first issue of the series, and the preview story featured in the “Superman: Leviathan Rising” one-shot special earlier this year, you’ll know just how crazy and far-fetched Jimmy’s latest adventures are.
“That’s an aspect I adored from the very beginning: the almost ADHD explosion of one story, then another story, then another,” Lieber says. “That that felt like the original Jimmy book, which was an anthology of Jimmy stories. But here they’re all building toward something. It’s one of the great cases of having our cake and eating it too.”