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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 318

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at a nifty one-off Superman story by Geoff Johns, Brett Anderson and Ray Snyder…


By the by, this would be a neat Superman ongoing team. Anyhow, they contributed a fill-in issue back in 2002 for Superman #185.

It tells the tale of a Little League baseball game in Ohio that is suddenly interrupted by what appears to be a meteor…

Isn’t that a ridiculously charming sequence there? I love the way Johns presents the individual personalities of these boys that we have never met and just perfects each one of them. And hey, if you’re looking for an artist to capture facial expressions, you’ll likely not find a finer one out there than Brett Anderson (something both Kurt Busiek and J. Michael Straczynski know quite well).

Once Superman recovers, he has a solidly entertaining fight with the villain who threw him there, Major Force…

That’s not the key to the issue, though. It remains the interaction between Superman and the people of this small Ohio town.

Really cool stuff – and the issue ends with a beautiful two-page sequence by Johns and Anderson leading to a striking final page by Anderson. It’s like a Norman Rockwell painting come to comic book life!

Go find this issue! Reader Mark Cook points out that it was reprinted in DC Comics Presents Superman #1, which just recently came out! So your local shop should have it!


This was also reprinted in last month’s DC Comics Presents Superman #1, which might be easier to get – even if it’s not at your local comic book store, they can probably still order it.

Oh, was it? Thanks, Mark! I’ll add that in.

Why does he have the old style black logo?

He has the black logo in this issue because they’d just finished Our Worlds At War, and it was to serve as a tribute to all who died as a result of the storyline.

Brian? I remember one issue of a Superman comic called The Superman Game. It was pretty awesome and one of only a handful of times I’ve ever actually bought a DC comic without it starring Batman Beyond. It is imminently worthy of being on your list.

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