Quote:So now Superman has the options of the Zone projector or using shrinking ray?
Apparently so now. The Phantom Zone Projector is something I feel Superman can do without as it offers too easy a means by which to stop or hold his more difficult 'problems'. It's especially difficult when there are so many regular uses of the Phantom Zone for story purposes, as it attracts readers attention more and more to the fact that Superman does have this very convenient and easy to use method of halting and imprisoning foes if he desires and needs to.
Quote:And the gas cloud can suffocate him or something?
Yes, Red Cloud is an interesting new opponent, but it is getting harder to accept that Superman still has no thoughts or method of dealing with her - this is hardly Lord Satanus!
[And while on the topic I will have to add - the rationale Brian Bendis employs for the Invisible Mafia is that they will try and conduct meetings and communication in lead lined places, so as to protect and insure against possible detection from Superman. Which is fine in principle, until you think on the idea that being lead lined these places would be just as likely to attract his curiosity! Furthermore these places must have ventilation presumably therefore sound can and will travel to super-ears. So it defeats the purpose. What the Mafia would be better advised doing really, as seen with Lois' calling on Superman this issue, is investing in good sound-proofing, not lead lining....!]
Isn't this an old concept, a crime group that tries to hold its meetings in secret, knowing Superman is passively scanning the whole city at all times? A headquarters made of lead would attract his attention so they try to meet in places that already have lead for normal reasons, like beneath certain pipes or factories.
As for sound, he can hear everything but he constantly bombarded by ground traffic, air traffic, construction sounds, voices, radio and satellite transmissions. Trying to pick up one group committing a crime would be like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles.
I can't remember where I read the concept. Early 2000s Lex Luthor: Man of Steel?