Saturday, November 10, 2012

Reign of the Supermen #449: Arla-La

Source: Action Comics #834 (2006)
Type: Transformation
Gail Simone and John Byrne once told the story of the Queen of Fables' return to action after being defeated by the JLA, a story in which she targeted Superman specifically so she could tap into all those wonderful, lost Kryptonian fairy tales about glass men, dragons, and drowning pools.
The most famous Kryptonian fairy tale character is Arla-La, a Praetor's daughter who defeated an evil sorceress and her monstrous minions. The Queen of Fables puts Superman in that role, and gender politics be damned! It's up to him to re-create Arla-La's victories using his weakened powers and his wits (though his Scare-Nightwing isn't anywhere as good as hers), and in the end, convince the Queen that he's betrothed to another and can't stay as her Prince Charming. It's an okay tale, but I wish he was treated more like a little girl in the fairyland. Might have been good for a laugh.

BONUS SUPERMEN ON THE COVER BUT NOT AT ALL IN THE ISSUE!

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