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Action Comics 988

This was so much better than Superman 31 last week. "Jor-El" tells a mighty convincing post-Krypton origin story. On the one hand, his retroactively revealed new post-Rebirth canon, here, would make for an important issue - and interesting one. On the other hand, as Kal says, he has been conned quite convincingly in the past most recently by that completely shamworthy other Clark Kent courtesy Mr. Myx. It will be interesting to see which way DC goes with Superman's alleged father and even moreso what new details he will reveal about his cosmic abductor that allegedly saved him from Krypton exploding.

Great cover. Curious variant cover image inference. Servicable inside art.

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I'll refrain from commenting on the story as I have made my impressions clear already regarding this storyline's worth and logic, but It's striking from that introductory with a ruined Jor-el with Kelex in how much of the undercurrent of this story is being built on the fact reality is (continually) being turned inside out. For Superman it is the impossibility of his father having survived a planetary cataclysm he simply could not have, and a story being told to him by way of an explanation that is preposterous in and of itself. But for the reader who follows Jor-el's sorry narrative and bears in mind the knowledge that he himself is presumably from another reality (seen rewritten several issues ago by the Superman family), and that Kelex is a surviving element and direct link to John Byrne's Man of Steel 1986 rebooting, and considers that we have seen firsthand that the ominous cosmic force behind Jor's tormented state is capable of manipulating time/space and creating alternate realities over in The Flash/Batman crossover several months ago... then clearly as achingly miserable and unlikely as the story of Mr Oz/Jor-el's experiences as the man who fell to earth are it is no more valid or real an existence than the equally squalid 'Flashpoint' recreation of which Batman and The Flash found themselves arriving in those several months ago.

It isn't a detail which Dan Jurgens makes a feature here, not as yet at least - but just like that broken world, with the desperate Thomas Wayne having been diverted from his proper fate to live on in an unrelentingly lonely grim hopeless existence, the grotesque Jor-el stood here is no natural creation either. Rather, as Wayne did, he stands here as the result of a mind so detached from reality and empathy for human beings that this parody being played out here is more a reflection of his mind and warped psyche than it is of the people he is inflicting it upon... it's a neat and uniform element from Jurgens as he was involved in both the Flashpoint reality as well as heading this latest Superman development. Though whether he will make such a parallel between the two examples and the symmetries in the fates of Thomas Wayne and Jor-el an active one seems altogether improboble. One hopes to be proven wrong however as the parallels are there for anyone who cares to recognise them....

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