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Adventures of Superman #573

Adventures of Superman #573

Scheduled to arrive in stores: October 13, 1999

Cover date: December 1999

1999 Triangle No. 47

Writer: Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar
Penciller: Steve Epting
Inker: Denis Rodier

"Higher Ground"

Reviewed by: Gareth Baker (

Lex is not a happy man, as he expresses to Mayor Sackett. He feels that everyone is against him in the city, when of course it is only Superman and one Jerome Odetts.

At Jerome Odett's home he is showing an archaeologist some bones that he found on his land, in a last desperate attempt to stop Luthor from destroying his home, the only thing stopping the completion of HyperSector. The archaeologist explains that they are merely pig bones and leaves. Shortly afterwards a crane carrying a load of metal pipes suffers an accident. Its cable breaks and the tubes tumble down towards Jerome. Superman swoops in and saves the day. Suddenly Lex and his two bodyguards arrive to tell Mr Odetts that he has until 6pm Friday to leave his house. The court has given him permission to destroy the old farm. Angered, Superman points at Luthor, only to be grabbed and thrown by the two bodyguards. As a fight begins, Lex orders his guards to stop. Lex leaves, very pleased with himself, making Superman even more determined to stop him.

At the newly opened Daily Planet, Clark fills Lois in on what happened. Lois suggests that maybe Clark can do more use here as Clark than as Superman. Clark then flashbacks to his teenage years and tells Lois a story about his past. A great deal of Smallville was once destroyed because he never spoke up about something. He must speak up about Mr Odetts. Lois and Clark hatch a plan, and Perry backs it.

Friday - almost 6pm. Superman knocks on Mr Odetts' door to show him the many people who have come to protest about the destruction of his historic home. When Lex arrives he is less than pleased, and he is booed and called "Lex Loser" by the crowd. Happy that his mission is complete, Superman flies, up, up and away.

2Story - 2: Ok, this was a nicely constructed story, but it was deadly dull. I have no interest in Mr Odetts or his house. This story had been long forgotten. Why has it been dragged up again? And as for Clark's flashback, apart from making a point it was pointless. The fight between Supes and the bodyguards was just to add action, and was pointless. Sorry, I'm sure most people liked this, but it wasn't a good start to this new beginning.

3Art - 3: The art was deadly dull. Apart from the actual point of the story, the flashback was very nice to look at. Very well coloured.

5Cover Art - 5: The one saving grace. An awe inspiring cover.

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