Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Superman #659

Superman #659

It's not the first time I've said this, but I'm going to say it again: when a book is as late as this one, it's pure hubris to nevertheless bill it as a February issue, letalone to print the DC Nation column from two months ago on the last page. It's long past time that the major comic companies took responsibility for their actions and admitted when they've failed to fulfil their promises. So, for God's sake, banner this issue April or May, and give it the appropriate DCN column, huh Mr. Didio?

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, let's talk about the issue. It's a GOOD one, as one would expect from any book where Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza share writing credits. However, Fabian usually has a very distinctive voice, and I really can't pick it out here. No matter, though.

One thing that ruined the experience of reading this book for me? The Amtrak Pinkston Overpass in Chicago. Amtrak doesn't have any overpasses in Chicago that look like "El" tracks, nor is there a Pinkston street anywhere in Chicago, as far as I'm aware. The train pictured is not an Amtrak train. It's a CTA train. Amtrak trains leave Union Station downtown, and mostly run on the ground, or under it, to points outside Chicago - as far as L.A. This is the kind of detail that authors throw into their work to make it more realistic, but when they don't bother doing their research, it accomplishes the exact opposite effect.

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