Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?

DC. Oct. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781779504623. pap. $29.99. Rated: Teen+. superhero
Jimmy Olsen, the Pulitzer Prize–winning goofball who holds the distinction of being Superman’s very best friend, takes center stage in this screwball epic from Fraction (November. Vol. 3) and Leiber (Quantum and Woody. Vol. 4: Quantum and Woody Must Die!). After an insane stunt undertaken to impress a young fan results in the accidental demolition of a landmark called the Monarch of Metropolis, Jimmy finds himself targeted for assassination and quickly thereafter assumed dead. Reinventing himself as “Timmy Olsen, Irresponsible Blogger,” Jimmy moves to Gotham City and launches an investigation into who wants him dead, and why. Following a clash with his cold, business-minded brother Julian, Jimmy reunites with his sister Janie, a playwright and poet, and draws her into an increasingly complex caper involving a prank war with Batman, the mystery at the heart of an intergenerational family feud between the Olsens and Lex Luthor’s ancestors, a remorseful villain called the Porcadillo, and an interdimensional jewel thief, Jixelle, fleeing a vicious alien invader hoping to marry and murder her.
VERDICT This dazzlingly unpredictable, pleasantly surreal celebration of Silver Age comics is one of the most purely enjoyable, unashamedly fun, and funny mainstream releases in years. [An LJ 2020 Best Book.]
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