Following up “The Pact”, one of the best Jack Kirby Fourth World stories ever, would never be an easy task. It didn’t help that Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #146 has little to do with the New Gods storyline that is going on.
The Jimmy Olsen stories continue to be connected to the rest of the titles only loosely in recent issues. There are a few vague pieces of connective tissue, but they have been rare.
Where to read Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #146:
- Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 3 or
- Jimmy Olsen: Adventures by Jack Kirby Volume 2 trade paperback
- digital comics not currently available
Previously – New Gods #7
The opening of this issue shows a messed up version of Jimmy Olsen. He appears to be a mad man on the loose and is not even really human. Someone in the story even calls her a homo-disastrous, which sounds pretty horrible.
Superman finally connects that Project Cadmus seems to be connected to the war between New Genesis and Apokolips. I’m glad that the connection was made, but Superman doesn’t really go anywhere with that information in this issue.
I’ve been hoping that Kirby would connect the Project Cadmus story more directly to Apokolips in one of these issues. Short of that, they could at least connect it to what has been going on with Intergang. Right now it seems mostly unrelated.
We know that Darkseid is the brains behind Project Cadmus, but we have no idea what his intentions are. I’ve theorized in the past that Darkseid might perhaps be interested in Superman’s DNA, but I’m not sure what he would use it for. Perhaps he sees Superman as a threat and wants to find out how to destroy him.
I hope we get to see whatever connective tissue Kirby had intended to be used before his run on these books concludes. There is so much potential for these stories to connect. It would be a shame if we never get to actually see it happen.
The main story of this issue again involves Jimmy Olsen and the Newsboy Legion. They seem to be having mostly separate adventures from Superman and Guardian and have had little crossover recently.
The version of Jimmy Olsen has been altered in to a caveman of some sort and is super strong. At one point he is battling the clone of a Sabre tooth tiger. The Newsboy Legion spends most of the issue trying to get out of the way of trouble.
The next issue promises to be more Fourth World heavy. There is a tease at the end of this issue that Superman is going to Supertown. We already saw him be intrigued by New Genesis before. I wonder what he would be looking for when he actually gets there. Either way, I’m glad to see Superman have some more involvement with the New Gods forthcoming.
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