Comic Review: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (DC Comics)

If you have a short attention span, a Paul Simon-like short little span of attention, things are looking up! Issue two of DC’s Jimmy Olsen title has five, count ’em, […]

If you have a short attention span, a Paul Simon-like short little span of attention, things are looking up! Issue two of DC’s Jimmy Olsen title has five, count ’em, FIVE short little stories.

Everything’s kind of tongue-in-cheek, treating this Jimmy Olsen 2019 title as a wacky semi-serious romp, based on the SIlver Age (1960’s) title of the same name. But everything has also changed while staying the same. Olsen is a klutz. He knocks things over. Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me, sort of thing.

The Dawn of the Age of Hilarious. Lex is big.

And there’s the Olsen family, the primal years, when the Olsen’s were getting settled and unsettled. And today, Jimmy and his brother not seeing eye to eye.

Without delving into plot situations and the oddities surrounding these 5 semi-continuous storylines and how they slightly overlap, let’s say that writer Matt Fraction, artist Steve Lieber and colourist Nathan Fairbairn have come up with a remix formula that is original. It keeps the song and the lyrics, but chops the playing time in half, adds in lots of anxiety and short shrift, and maintains the beats per minute.

Good to listen to, quick to stream the consciousness.

DC, Jimmy Olsen #2, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Assume Teen

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