Monday, April 18, 2011
Just Plain Great Fun--Jimmy Olsen #1
I'll be honest, I don't usually like Jimmy Olsen. He bugs me. Superman's supposed best friend, always getting in trouble, whining, and otherwise being lame. Grant Morrison used him pretty well in All Star Superman but that's about it for times I've liked him. Well, when Nick Spencer's Jimmy Olsen back-up started running in Action Comics I knew we had a winner. When the back-ups stopped I was sad, but now we have the whole story collected in one place, and boy is it great!
Over the course of this story Jimmy encounters aliens, does a date auction, flies in outer-space, makes clever quips, and otherwise proves that when written well he doesn't actually stink as a character. Other fun characters pop up and this comic is just....well...fun! It made me smile in a way that comics just don't seem to always do with their focus on being dreary and grim and gritty. I don't mind dark comics, but there is something to be said for the occasional fun and light story, and boy does Nick Spencer pull it off here.
5 out of 5 stars.