REVIEW: ‘Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen,’ Issue #9

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Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #9 Cover

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #9 (of 12) is published by DC Comics, written by Matt Fraction with art by Steve Lieber, colors from Nathan Fairbairn, and letters from Clayton Cowles. In the last issue, Jimmy and Jinx were ambushed by an intergalactic army after Jinx’s new future husband found out she was still married to Jimmy. But Jinx doesn’t want to marry the prince and is now on the run with Jimmy. On top of everything, Jimmy is still on the case and trying to solve his own murder.

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #9 starts with Jimmy back at work creating viral content for The Daily Planet. While creating content, Jimmy interviews various people and villains in hopes of learning more about his murder.

The issue primarily follows Jimmy as he continues to work and hide from his apparent killer. Because of this, the issue feels disjointed considering where the previous one left off. The flashback scenes are a nice homage to the Peanuts cartoons as Lieber’s beautiful art reflects Charles M. Schulz’s style. And while the art is nice, the constant switch back and forth is frustrating and overall, the flashbacks don’t seem particularly relevant.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #9

Another reason the issue feels so disjointed is because it is broken up into multiple stories like an anthology. While the stories all connect, the number of them and the frequent flashbacks muddle the timeline. The story suddenly doesn’t feel linear anymore. The best part of the comic is the final story featuring Lex Luther. Everything feels else unnecessary until the final story of the comic. That being said, the comic does still have Fraction’s signature humor. Additionally, Fairbairn’s colors continue to be bright and help the comic retain its classic aesthetic. Cowles does well with the lettering but the comic is extremely wordy. The script is overwhelmingly large.

Overall, this issue disappointed me. I still adore this series but I hope future issues become more cohesive. With only a few issues left, I am interested to see how the mystery gets tied up as Jimmy continues to investigate his murder and stay on the run away from the intergalactic army out for blood.

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #9 is available now everywhere comic books are sold.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #9
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TL;DR

Overall, this issue disappointed me. I still adore this series but I hope future issues become more cohesive.