Monday, August 31, 2009

A Quick Look at Action Comics #880

This is the second part of the "Codename: Patriot" storyline and is written by the duo of Greg Rucka and James Robinson. Julian Lopez provides the pencilwork.

-This issue begins with Superman and Supergirl following Ral-Dar(the Kryptonian who shot General Zod)to Earth. As soon as Gen. Lane gets word that three Kryptonians are entering Earth's airspace, he sends several fighter jets to their estimated location as well as alerting the media as to what was happening.

-Ral-Dar smashes the jets, which causes Superman and Supergirl to go after the falling pilots, enabling Ral to escape. Mon-El arrives on the scene to help save the pilots.

-Nightwing and Flamebird hear about the invaders from New Krypton and decide to see if there is anything they can do to help out.

-Superman, Supergirl and Mon-El head to Science Police Headquarters in Metropolis and Supes informs Guardian of what happened on New Krypton. Supes bumps into Lois Lane and she informs him that their adopted son, Christopher, is alive.

-From there we head back to Gen. Lane and discover that he and Ral were in cahoots the whole time and that Lane was not only aware of the assassination attempt on Zod, but that he encouraged it. Apparently, Lane has managed to convince Ral that Zod was hellbent on going to war with the Earth, and that if that were to happen, both planets would wind up being destroyed.

-Nightwing and Flamebird get jumped by the two evil Kryptonians they were chasing the past few issues and give chase. NW and FB follow the Kryptonians into a subway and are immediately knocked to the ground by a strange blast of energy. The two evil Kryptonians beat NW and FB unconscious and we learn that the two Kryptonians were actually Metallo and Reactron in disguise. The weird woman working for Gen. Lane then steps out of the shadows and informs Gen. Lane that phase two of his plans were complete and that they were moving onto phase three.

-There was also a Second Feature starring Captain Atom, but I haven't have the foggiest idea as to what was going on there...

I liked this issue, and enjoyed the revelation that Ral was working with Lane when he tried to assassinate Zod. If(when)the Kryptonians learn of Lane's involvement in the attempt on Zod's life, you have to believe the Kryptonians are going to respond in kind. For a score I'll give this issue a 7 1/2 out of 10. This issue was OK, but it didn't thrill me like part one of "Codename: Patriot" did.Damn aliens...

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