The story opens with putz Bill McCoy being fair and balanced toward his hated target, Superman.
Glenn Beck Lives
Perez also uses the dolt to introduce some past exploits of the Man of Steel while teasing with the events from yet to be released issues of Action Comics.
Bona Fide Superman History
Perez's choices are somewhat eclectic. Of course, we get another iteration of Titano, the defacto King Kong of DC. However, the Sky Raiders were an obscure group of rocket pack wearing bandits squashed by Superman and the Thorn. The sore thumb of the group are the giant robots created by Professor Flesicher. This of course pays homage to a classic and awesome Fleischer cartoon pitting Superman against an army of charmingly clunky robots. Perez's tribute is a little heavy-handed, and you sort of wince at it.
After this trip down memory lane, new producer Lois Lane sends McCoy's pitch down the toilet and Perry calls Clark to remind him about a meeting with fellow reporter Heather Kelly. Kelly however has other things to worry about, like being taken over by an alien elemental.
Some Say By Ice
The battle feels like a repeat of Superman's fight against the fire beast in the premiere, but there's no technocopia twist in which multiple media groups try to outscoop each other or a demonstration of Lois Lane's business savvy and humanity. It all seems to orbit one scene.
However, the drama doesn't deliver the impact. Perhaps, it's because the new character Heather Kelly who apparently has a crush on Clark lacks substance. Perhaps, it's because nobody reading even considered that Superman would kill an innocent woman to destroy an ice beastie. It just doesn't work.
Nicola Scott substitutes for Jesus Merino this issue, but she's only finishing what George Perez starts, and the overall presentation ultimately looks like rushed Perez. Scott very rarely breaks from the pattern. So I really can't judge her style.
Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.