Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #145 doesn’t appear to be the most important issue in the Fourth World saga.
We have a few mentions of New Gods related stuff, but it mostly follows the trend of classic Jimmy Olsen adventures. For instance, he may or may not get into a fight with the Loch Ness Monster in this issue. Interesting stuff, but perhaps not crucial for our purposes.
Where to read Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #145:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 or
- Jimmy Olsen: Adventures by Jack Kirby Volume 2 trade paperback
- digital comics not currently available
Previously – Mister Miracle #6
We have skipped the last few issues of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen because they didn’t have any direct connections with the Fourth World as a whole.
In all honesty, this issue doesn’t have much to do with the rest of the Fourth World storyline. At least, it doesn’t appear that way at first blush. There are enough references to New Gods technology that it must be addressed though, as it might come into play later.
The issue is titled “Bragadoom”, which makes you think there will be some cool new tech introduced in this issue. That’s not really the case. The main Fourth World reference is when Superman sees a boom tube being used. He makes mention of how he has seen a boom tube in action before, when he met the Forever People.
There is also a throwaway line late in the book that references Darkseid. That’s about it. I would be surprised if anything here had a future impact in the battle of New Genesis and Apokolips.
Most of the issue is a self-contained Jimmy Olsen story. Jimmy and the new Newsboy Legion are in Scotland and get captured. This of course includes a run-in with what appears to be the Loch Ness Monster. If you were ever interested in how Jimmy would react in the Scottish Loch, this issue is what you’ve been waiting for.
Overall, I’m a little bummed at the lack of Fourth World influence in recent issues of this title. It appears Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen was just used as a way to introduce various characters and concepts to the greater DC universe. Once Forever People, New Gods, and Mister Miracle were up and running, it was no longer needed.
Kirby has mostly settled into somewhat more traditional Jimmy Olsen stories in recent issues. I know there are at least a few more Fourth World references coming up that will be reviewed, but certainly not every issue.
Luckily, next up in my review of the Fourth World is Forever People #7. I’ll be glad to return to the battle of life and anti-life that the New Gods are fighting. We should also get to see where Darkseid sent the young New Gods when he used his Omega Effect. I’m hoping to also see if Sonny Sumo is still running scared.
Follow along my Fourth World review – The Jack Kirby Fourth World reading order
Up next – Forever People #7