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Action Comics #757

Action Comics #757

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 14, 1999

Cover date: September 1999

1999 Triangle No. 34

Writer: Tom Peyer Pencillers: Tom Grindberg
Inker: Bill Anderson

"Eyes of the Hawk"

Reviewed by: Gareth Baker (

Out in space, J'onn J'onnz loses Superman's mental connection, believing the Man of Steel to be brain dead.

Suddenly, a creature attacks the group of JLAers just as J'onn realizes that they have already fought this monster... only when they fought it before Steel was around...

Meanwhile, Superman is sent off into another reality where his rocket was sent to the world of Thanagar. In this reality, a scientist named Paran finds young Kal-El, studies him, and eventually hands him over to the government, where they insert a device which prevents Kal from using any of the powers below his neck. He is able to hear everything and see everything but he is not allowed his super strength nor his flying abilities.

Katar, Paran's true son, eventually finds out that Kal (who is called Seer on Thanagar) is his brother (sort-of) and attempts to free Seer from the government, who is using Seer to spy on everyone in the city. With Seer's vision and hearing, the government is able to know whoever may be traiterous and act against them.

In Katar's quest to communicate with Seer and break Seer from the spell he's been put under by the government, he is attacked. Seer saves Katar from the attacking government agents as Katar removes the device that limits Seer's powers.

Seer flies Katar away from the dangerous agents and plans on fighting for truth and justice in the future.

Meanwhile, the JLAers find their selves locked in an eternal dream sequence as well as Superman. The same man that kidnapped Superman has imprisoned them!

3Story - 3: A fascinating concept, but not given enough room to develop. It was really too large of a story to fit into the 22 pages here, and as a result, the story wasn't executed as well as it could have been. I also find myself wondering how the writer is going to wrap this story line up in another issue. Obviously, Superman's next dream sequence will have to be fairly short, because the next issue is the conclusion, meaning that the JLA has to defeat this guy as well as free Superman. Plus, the writer will have to fit in an explanation as to how this all happened in the first place. That's a lot of stuff to fit into one comic book, especially since most comics have very simple stories nowadays.

3Art - 3: I was disappointed this time around. I enjoyed Grindberg's work on the previous two issues, but this issue was lacking any dynamic art, which would bring the reader into the story. I actually found myself fairly bored when I was reading this issue and this might have something to do with the disappointing artwork.

3Cover - 3: A little less dynamic than the previous two covers. Superman is well displayed but Hawkman and Hawkwoman are practically invisible in the background. The boring shade of purple and the undeveloped buildings that Supes flies over doesn't help to attract the viewer to this particular cover.

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