Thursday, October 1, 2015
John Byrne Action Comics #252 Homage
I haven't reviewed this story properly on the site, something which feels like an oversight that I should rectify at some point.
But until that day, I thought I would share one panel from Superman #21 which is a nice homage to Supergirl's first appearance.
In the issue, Superman feels he is being followed and so does some fancy flying to end up face to face with ... Supergirl?
Surprised, he says 'Great Guns! A flying woman in a variation of my costume! Is it ... some kind of illusion ..?'
Those words sound awful familiar
Changing the 'girl' to 'woman' makes sense given the time and the character of Matrix.
But there can be know doubt that those words were chosen very carefully by Byrne. How often does Superman say 'great guns'? These sort of Easter Eggs are appreciated by this old time fan.
Writer/artist John Byrne always had a healthy respect for the source material and often would do nods to the past like this one. I have talked about how this Bizarro story was very similar to Bizarro's first appearance in the Superboy book. And over on Too Dangerous for a Girl, I talked about Byrne's reimagining of Lori Lemaris in the new universe. So this little nod to Supergirl was recognized and appreciated.
So should I review this story in the usual in depth Anj fashion?