See Superman Get Drunk and Fight Deathstroke in the New Issue of Superman: American Alien

Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 6:45PM
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 - 6:45PM
See Superman Get Drunk and Fight Deathstroke in the New Issue of Superman: American Alien
Max Landis' new limited series, Superman: American Alien, has been an absolutely refreshing and beautiful take on the Man of Steel. In the first issue, readers were treated to the story of Clark Kent's first flight. In the second issue, they saw Superman seek justice for one of the first times after a cold-hearted killer ended the lives of some Smallville locals. In issue #3, however, readers are given a glimpse into what happens when Superman wins a trip to the Bahamas but gets thrown off course when the plane he's riding in goes down in the middle of the ocean.

So what does Superman do? After discreetly saving the pilot, he immediately gets on a nearby yacht where he quickly finds out that Oliver Queen is in the midst of throwing Bruce Wayne his 21st birthday party. The catch? Everyone thinks that he's Bruce Wayne.  Apparently Gotham's wealthiest citizen has been missing since he turned 12, and so everyone just accepts that Clark is him.

After being encouraged to just go with it by a girl at the party who knows the truth, Clark ends up letting loose and having a little fun. It turns out that the girl is actually Barbara Minerva, and though it's never stated in this particularly issue, she's the woman who will one day become one of Wonder Woman's arch enemies, Cheetah.

Anyway, Clark and Barbara end up clicking pretty well and it's clear that they have feelings for one another. Later, when they're out on the dock stargazing, Clark gets to feeling a bit woozy - which isn't too surprising, as they've been drinking. He heads off to find a bathroom, and in his search he finds Deathstroke instead, who has been hired to kill Bruce Wayne by Carmine Falcone.

It turns out that Superman really isn't "drunk" at all - Deathstroke slipped him a neurotoxin sometime earlier in the night. And though Deathstroke goes at him with his sword, he faces a nasty surprise when the only thing that rips is Bruce Wayne's shirt. Clark flicks him in the chest, sends him flying off into the night sky, and returns to Minerva with the simple observation that 'A one-eyed guy did weird stuff.' To which she replies, 'Sounds about right.'

In the end, Clark and Barbara say there goodbyes. Though she claims that she'd really love to leave with him, she's off to bigger things. The twist, however, is that all the while the party has been monitored by Bruce Wayne. The ending foreshadows the oncoming fight between the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader in next month's issue; definitely a timely move with the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Landis is batting 1,000 with American Alien - every issue that's been released so far has contained a brilliant new take on Smallville's most popular superhero resident. It's been a long time since an alien ever felt this human. If Landis continues to do the superb job he's done on the first three issues throughout the rest of the series, American Alien will no doubt be one of those must have trades that any self respecting DC fan just has to have on their bookshelf.
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