This week we are reading: Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 (DC) written by Beau Tidwell, Neil Kleid, Abhay Khosia, Steve Horton, Joe Caramagna, Paul Tobin, and Aubrey Sitterson, and drawn by Cafu, Dean Haspiel, Andy MacDonald, Dan McDaid, Trevor McCarthy, Colleen Coover, and Eddy Barrows
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#184: - Cursed Pirate Girl: The Collected Edition Vol. 1 by Jeremy A. Bastian (Olympian Publishing, 02/02)
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These stories are always a mixed bag, but at least this one has a few that really justify giving it a look. It's pretty odd that they manage to do a Superman 80-page giant with only a few glimpses of Superman, but it's a nice look at his supporting cast.
We open with a suspenseful, dark Jor-El story by Beau Tidwell and Cafu, as Jor-El attempts to make a last-ditch effort to save Krypton from its upcoming destruction. It's obviously not going to end well, but it's a great look at the El family before its greatest champion.
The absolute highlight of the book is Neil Kleid and Dean Haspiel's Perry White story, in which he has a beer in an old bar with Wildcat. Not only does this story use some pretty cool old continuity (they remember Perry's adopted son Keith!), but it's beautifully illustrated and there's a great golden-age flashback. This one is almost worth the price of admission by itself.
Unfortunately, what follows isn't nearly as strong. Abhay Khosla and Andy MacDonald do a very strange Jimmy Olsen story about hundreds of Jimmy clones with only a day to live. Steve Horton and Dan McDaid's Bizarro story is a bit of a send-up of Grounded, but the dialogue is annoying and I find Bizarros annoying as fuck.
Joe Caramagna and Trevor McCarthy's Supergirl story is fun, as she goes to a fair and fights an alien squid in the freakshow, but it sort of feels like it's from a missing part of Gates' run - Kara is going to Metropolis U. and has a sort-of-boyfriend named Brendan - and that makes it kind of confusing.
Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover do a really fun story teaming Lois and Lana as they try to unravel the mystery of an Intergang scion with a secret. And the story ends with a Superboy story by Aubrey Sitterson and Eddy Barrows, as Superboy chafes under life in Smallville and meets a werewolf. It's random and strange, but Superboy is written pretty well.
All in all, a mixed bag, but enough to warrant a pickup.