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Adventures of Superman #630

July 18, 2004
Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Villain Interruptus (Battery Part Four)

Expecting to face off against the son of Replikon, Superman instead finds himself meeting up with an old adversary… the fifth-dimensional imp called Mr. Mxyzptlk!

Writer: Greg Rucka
Pencils: Matthew Clark
Inks: Nelson
Colors: Tanya & Richard Horie
Letters: Nick J. Napolitano
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Gene Ha
Publisher: DC Comics

Charging to the scene to battle the superpowered menace of Xlim, Superman finds himself snatched away for another round of fun and games with Mr. Mxyzptlk.

Some people hate Mxyzptlk, but I’ve always been a fan of the imp, and with his appearance here, Greg Rucka proves he can do some comedy as well as the mystery and crime stories he has become renowned for. A few weeks ago he revamped the character in a Superman Secret Files story, which was entertaining, but felt kind of superfluous at the time.

This issue, I’m forced to admit, also feels like it doesn’t really add much. Superman is plucked away from the action for an issue-long aside with Mxyzptlk. It does not seem completely unrelated, though – there are little hints that seem to indicate Mxyzptlk’s part in the story will actually have consequences. But on the surface, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, and that hurts the issue.

I’m becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Michael Clark’s artwork. He draws a really good Superman. I never would have thought something as simple as the way his cape is draped would make such a difference, but it really makes the character stand out and pop. From an artistic standpoint, this is one of the best eras for the Superman titles of all time.

From a writing standpoint, the books (with the exception of Superman/Batman) have definitely been better. Even a fairly enjoyable issue like this one doesn’t read as well as it could, mainly because (at this point) it doesn’t feel like it counts. Rucka is a better writer than that, though, and I hope as he nears the conclusion of his first story arc on the title, he’ll solve that problem.

Rating: 6/10

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