ACW #613 – Superman

Action Comics Weekly #613 (Superman)
“Wicked Business!”
Writer – Roger Stern
Pencils – Curt Swan
Inks – Murphy Anderson
Letters – Bill Oakley
Colors – Petra Scotese
Editor – Mike Carlin

It’s Superman time… and, uh… I don’t really have much more to say.

We open in that Illuminati Board Room… we learn that these evil men in suits are calling themselves “The Consortium”… so, we’ve got “The Fellowship” on one side, and “The Consortium” on the other.  Fair enough.  It’s confirmed here that they are very much anti-Superman… and they discuss both discrediting and eliminating him to continue their “way of life”.

Also confirmed is that one getaway driver (from like eight weeks ago) engaged his “experimental mass teleporter” in order to evade capture.  It’s that Culpepper guy… the one who was thought to have been in “an accident” on the West Coast.  You remember him, doncha?

Back in Metropolis, Clark brings Galt to his apartment for safe-keeping, before ducking out, Suping up… and flying over to a California Burn Center in order to attempt to get some answers from that Culpepper.

Only… someone might’ve beaten him to it!

Well, not a whole lot of forward momentum here… but we did manage to get a few of our lingering questions answered.  I mean, we’re not dumb people, are we?  I think we’ve already put two and two together, and figured out that Culpepper was one of the “bad guys”… and, I’m pretty sure it was already confirmed that he used a teleportation device… which gave the impression that he “went boom”, when in actuality, he body-slid across the country.

We do actually learn that the “bad guys” are called The Consortium… which, I guess is something.  It’s also hinted that they have a “different” way of life that Superman’s very existence poses a threat to?  Okay.

Hopefully next week will give us a little bit more “meat”.  The visitor to Mr. Culpepper… I couldn’t tell ya if it were a “bad guy” or Superman… though, Stern and Co. seem to want us to think it’s a bad guy.  Who knows?  And… unfortunately, who cares?

Tomorrow: After the Blast!

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