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Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened so far this year. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.
Today we continue with how Superman finally defeats the villainous Vyndktvx in Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and Rick Bryant’s Action Comics #18…
So throughout Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics, Superman was beset by the villainous Vyndktvx, who is from the same dimension as Mxyzptlk. The thing is, since he is outside our comprehension of time and space, he is actually attacking Superman in different times and different places all at once. Which is a handy attack, but what it boils down to is that there is really only ONE attack, it just focuses on Superman at different places and times. Therefore, if there is only ONE attack, then Superman only has to beat him ONCE for him to beat him ALL the other times, as well.
So Superman concentrates on defeating him in the present. Vyndktvx is forcing the attack, choosing to make Superman feel extra pain by linking Superman’s mind with the rest of the world, to feel the suffering and fear that is about to come. However, that plan backfired as Superman used the power of the entire world saying their name backwards at once to compel Vyndtvx to say HIS name backwards, as well, thereby banishing him back to his own dimension (where he will stand trial for crimes committed there)…
It’s a powerful moment and a wonderful ending to the last battle of Morrison’s run on Action.
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