Superbooks: 47(-ish?) issues from 1999
ALL OF THE WRITERS IN THE WORLD Stuart Immonen (3 issues of Action Comics, plot on 4 more, and plot on 1 issue of Adventures of Superman), Jon Bogdanove (1 issue of Superman: The Man of Steel), Louise Simonson (3 issues of Superman: The Man of Tomorrow, 1 issue of Superman: The Man of Steel, and 3 issues of Adventures of Superman), Dan Jurgens (8 issues of Superman), Karl Kesel (plotter on 4 issues of Adventures of Superman), Jerry Ordway (scripter on 4 issues of Adventures of Superman), Mark Shultz (6 issues of Superman: The Man of Steel), Mark Millar (script on 4 issues of Action Comics and script on 1 issue of Adventures of Superman), John Rozum (1 issue of Action Comics, 1 issue of Superman: The Man of Steel), Ron Marz (1 issue of Superman, and, uh, part of the plot of 1 issue of Adventures of Superman?), Tom Peyer (the full script and the rest of the plot of Marz’s Adventures issue? And 1 issue of Action Comics and 1 issue of Superman: The Man of Steel), Randall Frenz (1 issue of Superman, 1 issue of Adventures of Superman, 1 issue of Action Comics, and 1 issue of Superman: The Man of Steel) J.M. DeMatteis (1 issue of Superman: The Man of Tomorrow), Jeph Loeb (1 issue of Superman), Joe Kelly (1 issue of Action Comics)
I’m not feeling the “Superman trying to be everywhere at once” arc, because even the characters can’t adequately articulate what he’s actually doing wrong. I always figured that he was already responding to anything he was able to hear about in time to be helpful. At a couple moments, they try to make it more about trying to control people instead of just helping, like kind of a Justice Lords/Injustice thing, but that’s not really supported by what we actually see him doing, especially not early on. Another missing oneshot, “The Supermen of America.” And once things finally do escalate, adapting Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is… certainly something they did. And his suddenly appearing army of robots who are all as powerful as he is would be a cute Silver Age reference if they weren’t playing it dead seriously. And it all boils down to that Dominus idiot from the previous year to remove any of the stakes or thematic weight they did manage to build up. And this arc is SO LONG! Thank god I wasn’t reading this week-by-week when it came out. That would’ve been excruciating. I mean, this guy just doesn’t shut up. I’ve seen less wordy villains in Grant Morrison comics. I’m sorry if it seems like I’m harping, but this thing seriously won’t just frickin’ end. And… and…
Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me.
THE ACTUAL CONCLUSION OF THIS GODFORSAKEN ARC IS IN ANOTHER UNDIGITIZED ONESHOT!
That’s half the stupid year building up to nothing. What a waste.
Anyway, we get a few shorter, fairly inoffensive stories (eventually) and then suddenly get mobbed by guest writers of varying quality. Seriously, this year had eighty billion different writers. Anyway, it eventually cycles back to an arc that I was 95% certain was going to dredge up Cyborg Superman again and pleasantly surprised me by using Brainiac instead. The Day of Judgment tie-in from Man of Tomorrow was the best issue these books have had in a while, and it also is the last of that series.
The December issues seem to be just getting new creative teams settled in for the new millennium, but they’re all pretty good.
Something’s throwing me off on my numbering here. The triangle number on the last issue I read was 48, and there were two missing oneshots that I didn’t read which should be contributing to that total, which should leave my actual reading at 46 issues. But I counted the issues I read several different times and by several different methods, and it gets me up to 47. I know what I read, so I’m going to assume the 47 number is accurate (maybe they accidentally repeated a number on the triangle numbering; I didn’t notice it at the time but I think it’s happened before) and call my total 1,608.