Kryptonian scientist Jax-Ur has created a new version of the god Rao. Nightwing and Flamebird are powerless to stop its rampage across the Middle East. Lois Lane uses her connections to reach the battle and a defeated Flamebird. Meanwhile, Captain Atom returns to Mirabai’s magic world and joins the revolution against her.
My biggest disappointment was Atom’s brief passage through Skartaris on his way to Mirabai’s world. After last issue’s cliffhanger, I read “Showcase Presents: Warlord,” the fantasy comic about a modern man fighting barbarians and monsters in Skartaris. It’s over 20 issues of a former Air Force pilot killing men and dinosaurs with his sword and .44 Magnum, then making it with half-naked warrior women. It’s one of the most awesomely bad ass comics I’ve ever read. The lack of such action in this chapter is a huge disappointment. Captain Atom’s very long narration mentions Travis “Warlord” Morgan, but he never meets him. Why bring him up at all? Why show him in one panel if there’s no team-up? In fact, why talk about Skartaris at all if Atom’s just passing through? It’s the same as a Fantastic Four comic that spends three pages talking about Spain as the team flies over it on their way to Latveria.
And when did Zatara become a servant of Mirabai? Did I miss that or did that development come out of nowhere?
The main story has nothing to do with the “Last Stand of New Krypton” beginning this week. It continues the story of Nightwing, Flamebird, and Jax-Ur re-enacting ancient Kryptonian myths. But the story is stolen by Lois Lane. She calls in favors from military, government, and private sources to reach a warzone before most soldiers. It’s a reminder of how resourceful and connected she is. She also displays a take charge personality that gets her what she wants without being a bully. Lane has the resourcefulness, confidence, and compassion you’d expect from Superman’s life partner. The fact that Lois Lane can steal the story from a fight between alien gods says a lot about her. And how little the god-plot matters. For a story based on an imaginary religion, it’s very cliché.
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