Mild Mannered Reviews – Action Comics #1061

Action Comics #1061

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Action Comics #1061

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 9, 2024
Cover date: March 2024

“I, Bizarro” – Part One

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Timms
Cover: John Timms
Variant Covers: Chris Bachalo, Kaare Andrews, Jorge Jimenez, Paolo Rivera, Nathan Szerdy , Joelle Jones, and Tom Reilly

Reviewed by: Marc Lax

We begin with Bizarro invading the planet Zerox also known as the Sorcerer’s World. He seems more confused than normal. The leaders of Sorcerer’s World put up a big fight using all their magic to stop Bizarro. But instead of stopping him he now seems more powerful than ever.

We then join Superman flying over Metropolis, using his super hearing to make sure everything is okay with the populace. Suddenly Bizarro appears floating above the city. When Superman confronts him Bizarro knocks him to Venus. After a fight that takes them through the galaxy, they land on Pluto where an angry Bizarro uses his powers to try and kill Superman. Bizarro suddenly disappears. He then reappears over the skies of Metropolis where he summons magical artefacts that he’s gathered through Zerox and beyond. Superman appears and once again the two throw down. This time the people of Metropolis watch the fight, which is being broadcast throughout the city. Superman can’t calm Bizarro down. Bizarro says his world is gone after all the multiverse meddling due to the Crisis. Superman, surprised to see Bizarro using magic, asks what he’s done to Zerox. Bizarro explains he killed the leaders but now possesses magic thanks to them. After rescuing the occupants of a crashing helicopter, Superman returns to fight Bizarro but instead finds a magical vortex. Superman tries to save Bizarro but to no avail. He disappears through the vortex.

Later, after talking to Lois atop the Daily Planet globe, something strange comes over the denizens of Metropolis. Superman, Lois, and the rest of the city have become Bizarros!

4Story – 4: This is a great start to Aaron’s run. This is a fascinating take on Bizarro. Not only is he the same backwards brute he’s always been, but now he has magical powers! I didn’t see that coming. Hopefully we’ll learn a little bit more about Bizarro World’s disappearance and how Bizarro survived. I’d also like to learn more about the Sorcerer’s World and what Bizarro left in his wake. I’m not familiar with this planet. Is this a creation of Aaron’s or something I’ve long forgotten? So has all of earth become Bizarro world or just Metropolis? This is obviously a spell cast by Bizarro before he disappeared into the vortex. So many questions which I can’t wait to get the answers to. Altogether a fun issue that leaves you wanting more.

4Art – 4: Timms’ art was truly spectacular. Faces may have been a bit too angular for my taste but again that’s more a nitpick. That first page on Zerox was fantastic and Timms’ Bizarro was right on point. I have faith the rest of his run will be just as good as this issue.

5Cover Art – 5: Such a beautiful shot of Superman flying over Metropolis. It’s such a great picture of Superman, you almost don’t see Bizarro behind him ready to pounce! Just a wonderful cover.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Kaare Andrews draws a great Bizarro. And with a shirt rip yet!

3Variant Cover Art – 3: A good rendition of Bizarro by Chris Bachalo but a little too rough and evil looking for my taste.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: A great drawing of Lois and Clark in a rather unique position by Jorge Jimenez.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: An almost water color look from Joelle Jones. Nice portrait of Superman with Bizarro and his red eyes of anger.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Nathan Szerdy gives us a cute Supergirl about to face off with a Super Bizarro. Whether that Bizarro is supposed to be Lois with a cape is hard to say but she’s certainly formidable.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Bizarro holding up the Daily Planet globe like Atlas. Yet, because it’s Bizarro, Paolo Rivera cleverly makes it upside down. Or is it right side up? You can never tell with Bizarro.

4Variant Cover Art – 4: Tom Reilly draws a terrific Bizarro. Is it wrong to compare it to the Hulk? Because that’s the vibe I’m getting. Great drawing.

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