Sunday, December 27, 2009

Action Comics #884

Writers: Greg Rucka and Eric Trautman. Pencils: Pere Pèrez.

What Happened: We begin this issue with Nightwing(Chris Kent)dying of old age thanks to his sudden growth spurts. Flamebird(Thara Ak-Var)has brought Chris to STAR labs, where he is being looked at by Dr. Light and Dr. Pillings. As fate would have it, Pillings is secretly an evil Kryptonian sleeper agent sent to spy on earth... Uh-huh... Dr. Light leaves Pillings in charge of curing Chris, while she makes sure none of General Lane's military officers discover that Chris is being treated at the Lab. While this is going on, Gen. Lane sends some military officials after his daughter Lois. The military officials capture Lois and bring her to her father, who warns her that if she continues to side with Kryptonians, she'll be considered an enemy of the state and locked up for treason. With that, the General releases Lois, and she reports back to Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet. Perry tells Lois that he can't run a story she wrote insinuating that her father was working with known criminals against the Kryptonians. While telling Lois that he can't run the story out of fear for the Daily Planet staff, Perry strongly hints to Lois that the story about her father still needs to be told, which leads to Lois quitting her job at the Daily Planet. Back at STAR Labs, Pillings seems to be torturing Chris, which leads to Thara transforming into the Flamebird. Flamebird immediately recognizes Pillings as an evil Kryptonian, but Flamebird also realizes that Pillings is probably the only person on earth who can save Chris's life. In the end, Flamebird agrees to give Pillings a sample of her DNA, and in return Pillings agrees to fix Chris's advanced aging problem. This issue ends with Thara, unaware of what her Flamebird counterpart did, celebrating the fact that Pillings had managed to return Chris his proper age, as well as curing him of his rapid aging disease.

What I Thought: Meh, this comic really wasn't anything to write home about. The only good to come out of this book was the fact that Nightwing was finally cured of his rapid aging problem. The stuff with Lois and the Daily Planet really didn't move me, nor did the stuff with Pillings and Flamebird. So now Lois isn't working for the Daily Planet anymore... Big deal. We all know that once her father is out of power, she'll be working there again, so it wasn't like this was some kind of a huge shock. As for the stuff with Flamebird and Pillings, I guess it will come to a head down the road, but as far as I'm concerned, it made for a pretty weak ending to this comic.

Score: 6 out of 10.I don't know what's funnier, the fact that Lois' father shot up her laptop or the fact that he warned her that he could "disappear" her...

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