Project Cadmus’ rogue D.N.Alien is close to setting off an atomic explosion and Superman is running out of time to stop him in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #138.
This issue centers on the Four-Armed Terror trying to get to an atomic plant for power. But in doing so, he could set off a massive explosion that would blow up Metropolis and surrounding areas.
Where to read Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #138:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1 or
- Jimmy Olsen: Adventures by Jack Kirby Volume 1 trade paperback
- digital comics not currently available
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The young Newsboy Legion was rather annoying in this issue. I assume that was what Kirby was going for because it was so overt. Previously they had been fun minor characters, but in this issue they became unlikeable in many panels.
Perhaps they are meant as comedic relief, but they just came off as entitled brats in this issue. Jimmy and the Legion spend most of their time grumbling about how Superman didn’t take them on his adventure. Why would he?
Speaking of Jimmy, this comic is feeling less and less like a Jimmy Olsen book and more like a team up with a bunch of ideas. I don’t think that is a bad thing. I’m just surprised Jimmy has taken a back seat in his own comic book.
I hadn’t read any issues of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen before Kirby took over, so I don’t know if that was what it was like before. Kirby seems to be phasing out Jimmy at this point. Even in the first issue of his run, Jimmy was doing heroic things. Now he just seems along for the ride.
It’s amazing how many big ideas are in a Jimmy Olsen book, which may explain why the main character has taken a back seat. With Superman, Jimmy, Golden Guardian, Project Cadmus, and the original and new Newsboy Legion, there is a lot to juggle.
This issue finally had the return of Morgan Edge, the new owner of the Daily Planet and evil member of Intergang. He didn’t have a major role, but he showed his villainy. Edge was tipped off about the explosion and had a helicopter ride out of the area secured. He didn’t bother to tell anyone at the Daily Planet on his way out. He simply waved goodbye to them.
I hope we get to see more of Edge in the coming books. You would think a Jimmy Olsen story would involve more of the Daily Planet, but this is the first I have mentioned it.
We did get a brief cameo from Perry White. I believe that is his first appearance in the Fourth World books. He is clearly not impressed with Edge, but Perry is still fighting for what he calls the “soul” of the paper.
I hope we get to see an interaction or two between Perry and Edge in the future. Perry is hard-headed, but a good judge of character. I suspect he would see right through Edge’s facade. Could he be the one responsible for tipping off Superman and Jimmy about Edge’s evil secrets.
Next up, it is back to Mister Miracle as we get to see what Scott and Oberon are up to in issue #3.
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