Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #3
"Who shot the decoy corpse of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen?" is just one of many questions readers will be asking as they read the latest installment of Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber's Silver Age smorgasbord of wackiness! Included in this installment...
More of the secret past between the Luthors and the Olsens!
Lex Luthor's mystery time capsule!
The terrible truth behind Jimmy's recent transmogrification into a giant turtle!
The frightening reason behind Jimmy's relocation to Gotham!
...And much, much more!
Three issues in, and it’s time to accept that writer Matt Fraction’s “I’m so quirky I could diiiiiie” writing style is a feature, not a bug. It’s completely up to readers whether they like it or not, but underneath that post-modern/post-ironic/post-something Silver Age sheen, Fraction is slowly but surely assembling the pieces of a mystery that involves both the Luthor family and Jimmy’s own intertwined past and somehow connects to a more recent and sinister attempt on the latter’s life.
It’s an intriguing mix of a lot of seemingly-unrelated elements, just like any good mystery. At it’s heart is the trope that Jimmy Olsen always bounces back from whatever weird shenanigans he gets into. But what happens when he’s confronted with a very real and present danger? Someone wants Jimmy dead. But who? We don’t have enough puzzle pieces yet to see the full picture. But by now, those pieces are starting to fit and it’s becoming more and more apparent that Fraction isn’t just spinning his wheels here.
When a writer gets stylistically self-indulgent like Fraction has with this series, it can come off like he’s just entertaining himself rather than thinking about his audience. And to a degree, that’s definitely still true here . But beneath the surface, there’s some real craft at work – now, if Fraction can get past his own writing tics, he might be onto something here. As it stands, he and artist Steve Lieber have created a niche book that’s going to appeal to a very narrow audience. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing – just a limiting one.
Though the true storytelling intent of this series is becoming clearer, readers are going to remain divided as to whether or not they can get past writer Matt Fraction's deliberately tongue-in-cheek delivery.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #3 (of 12): Decoy Lives
Writing - 7/107/10
Storyline - 6/106/10
Art - 7/107/10
Color - 6/106/10
Cover Art - 8/108/10
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