ACW #622 – Superman

Action Comics Weekly #622 (Superman)
“Seeds of Doubt”
Writer – Roger Stern
Pencils – Curt Swan
Inks – Murphy Anderson
Letters – Bill Oakley
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Carlin

Welcome friends, to Superman Day… which is (evidently) everybody’s favorite!

We pick up where we left off last week, and it looks as though Clark Kent just saved Bob Galt’s bacon in that back alley.  This is to illustrate that, although Bob worships the Man of Steel, that doesn’t mean he can be everywhere at all times.  After all, if that were the case, the Fellowship wouldn’t have been wiped out by those Laser-Taggers.  It would seem that Bob finally trusts Kent enough… and he will introduce him to the “Elders” of the Fellowship of Superman.

We shift scenes three-thousand miles west, where the Consortium (held up in the Sequoia Techtronics Building) lament the fact that Superman stopped that assassin from snuffing out Charles Culpepper.  Due to this, they must now kill Superman.  Yeah, good luck, boys.

Alright, it’s like we’re finally (about to be) getting somewhere with this one.  Seems all well and good, until we stop to realize that there are still many parts of this serial left to tell.  We’ll leave that to complain about another day though… today, we’ll just celebrate the fact that this plodding and meandering story seems to have found the plot.

I appreciate Superman jumping back into the Clark Kent duds as a way to show Galt that he can be trusted… with an eye toward being invited to meet the Elders.  I’m sure they’re going to be quite the characters.

Still not sure what to think of the Consortium.  Seems like just some more dudes in suits for Superman to be paired up against.  They’ve got a laser cannon that can destroy statues though… so there’s that to consider… I guess.  Oh well, hopefully we’ll find out their motivations before long.

Overall, not a bad installment.

Tomorrow: LaDonna has a face-off.

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