ACW #634 – Superman

Action Comics Weekly #634 (Superman)
Writer – Roger Stern
Pencils – Curt Swan
Inks – Murphy Anderson
Letters – Bill Oakley
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Carlin

Ah, Superman… the only strip in this mag that will continue on unchanged following next week’s The Crash of ’88! crossover.

Heck, he’s still gonna be “on duty” next week… they’re actually going to be cramming a two-pager in with it!

Superman continues his ascension toward… whatever is beaming down to Earth and causing the Fellowship to display their weird powers.  Upon arrival, he manages to come across a… machine of sorts?

After some relentless pounding and tearing, all the while trying to keep a little bit’a oxygen in his lungs, Superman is able to nyoink the “heart” out of the machine.  We wrap up with him fearing that he might just have breathed his final breath.

Well, this certainly was the next chronological scene of this story, now wasn’t it?

Now, there were a few things I actually liked here.  The fact that Superman is preoccupied with how he’s going to breathe in a vacuum is a new post-Crisis/post-Man of Steel wrinkle in his makeup, and I’m happy to see it be included here.  Also, with Superman knocking the machine “offline”, we’re left wondering if he just (un)wittingly disarmed his Fellowship Followers!  This might be leading to something… dare I say, interesting?

Just like Superman, though… I suggest we not hold our breath!

Tomorrow: A Series of Very Convenient Events… for real, this time!

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