Sometimes a comic feels like home. It brings back memories of younger and more reckless days along with the fun I had reading these books. Fast forward many years and here I am, late at night reading those same comic books once again. After hunting down the out of print trade paperbacks, at the time of this writing these are not yet in the DCUI library. Tonight seemed like a great time to check out the first volume. It should also be noted that the events in Superman/Batman vol. 1, 2, and 3 along with Godfall is a solid lead into Unconventional Warfare. I mean, you don’t need to read them as this is also a solid jumping on point due to it being the beginning of Rucka’s tenure.
Unconventional Warfare has segments from Adventures of Superman 625 and 626. The main stories can be found in the recently reprinted and highly recommended Superman: Godfall (not all of the issues of this great story are on DCUI at time of writing). Seriously, Michael Turner + Superman = TAKE MY MONEY! Gotta stay focused! The meat of Unconventional Warfare are Adventures of Superman 627-632.
Issue 627 starts the Battery storyline. Clark is demoted to the crime beat at the Daily Planet and Lois is on her way into the middle of a warzone. A few new characters are introduced to Clark in this issue, mainly Lupé. To be honest, I miss seeing Maggie Sawyer in this role but Lupé is here and she is all business. If I had to compare her to another character in the DCU, Harvey Bullock comes to mind. She is hard headed and honestly, kind of “crazy” as she is described in the book. Also, at this point, very unlikable. Speaking of unlikable, Jerry Frank is a crime beat reporter for another newspaper. She has a chip on her shoulder and at this moment, I am not a fan of her. Even if I don’t like either of these characters Greg Rucka has laid the groundwork of fleshing them out.
Replikon returns and it is up to Superman to stop him! During the fight, Replikon asks Superman to help him right before he dies. Something is going on and Superman doesn’t like it.
While there isn’t a lot of action in this issue, there sure is a lot of world and character building.
Superman goes to space with John Stewart to investigate what happened to Replikon. Meanwhile, Lois is getting reading to go to UMEC, the warzone. She leaves a message for Ambassador Diana Prince and Wonder Woman comes to the apartment. Lois wasn’t expecting that but Wonder Woman being Wonder Woman, she really should have expected her to come. The small favor that Lois asks Diana is to keep an eye on Clark. Make sure he eats, sleeps, and does laundry. Apparently, when Lois is away Clark becomes a workaholic both as a reporter and Superman. (told you there was character building!)
We also get more insight into Jerry Frank as she explains how disappointed that Clark is on the crime beat and not being the reporter that she looked up to. I still don’t like her but I am enjoy seeing her become a fleshed out character. I have said it a million times but I a firm believe a Superman story is only as good as the supporting characters. Sure, he is fighting crazy villains but its the slice of life aspect that I love.
How do these comics from many reboots ago relate to today’s comics? One single frame. Clark telling Lois, “Superman appears in a war zone, it looks like he’s fighting for one side or the other. I won’t play politics.” If you have been reading Superman: Son of Kal-El, this might sound familiar. Ah, comics! I love it when stuff like this happens.
Meanwhile, there is an ominous villain planning to take out Superman. Ruin.
I will leave it here so I don’t write a book in one post.
@Vroom I can’t wait to see your thoughts on these books!