Superman finally gets an opportunity to visit New Genesis and see Supertown in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #147.
Superman has been intrigued by Supertown since he first caught a glimpse of it in a boom tube way back in Forever People #1. Now, he finally gets to see what it is all about.
Where to read Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #147:
- 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 – Mister Miracle #7
Superman sees a boom tube and is quickly sucked into it. He was forced into it by Magnar, who appears to be some kind of New Genesis police officer. Magnar believes that Superman comes from Apokolips.
Magnar and some others attempt to collect Superman, believing he is a threat. He proves more than capable of defending himself, though. Eventually, they come to an understanding that Superman is not from Apokolips and not looking to cause harm.
This leads Superman on a tourist trip through New Genesis. He quickly learns that he is not special there, as the New Gods have their own super powers. He even embarrasses himself when he tries to save multiple beings who are in no danger at all.
This leads Superman to a talk with Highfather. Superman realizes he is not needed on New Genesis and decides he needs to go back to Earth, where there are plenty of people in need of him.
It was great to see Superman on New Genesis, but I feel like it was a bit of a wasted opportunity. He gets to look around, but that is it. I like to see Superman connected to the Fourth World as a supporting character, but this feels like it is closing the book on that part of the story.
The Jimmy Olsen and Newsboy Legion part of this issue still appears to have little to do with the rest of the Fourth World. Yes, it is connected to Project Cadmus in many ways. However, it doesn’t really feel like it is leading to a greater connection in future issues.
Jimmy and the Newsboy Legion are trapped by Victor Volcanum in his first appearance in comic books. When Superman decides he needs to go back to Earth, Highfather sends him right to where he is need. That of course, is right where Jimmy and the others are located.
This could possibly be the last Jimmy Olsen I review as part of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. Kirby does a few more issues of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen after this, but they don’t really connect to the rest of the Fourth World.
It would have made sense for Jimmy Olsen and Clark Kent to be investigating Intergang and Apokolips more in recent issues. However, there has been a lot of investigating by Terrible Turpin in recent Forever People issues. So, if Jimmy and Clark did, it would feel quite redundant.
Perhaps they could have been investigating a different branch of Intergang with Morgan Edge? If feel like Edge had a strong introduction to this series, but there hasn’t been much done with him yet. A corrupt owner of the Daily Planet would have greater impact in each issue, one would think. Having skipped some of the Jimmy Olsen issues, it’s possible I have missed this.
These issues are much more in line with what I assume are the traditional Jimmy Olsen comics. That doesn’t mean they are bad at all. But, as I am reviewing the Fourth World, this doesn’t really add to the story and I find myself hunting for Fourth World connections.
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