CREDITS: Written by Scott McCloud; art by Rick Burchett and Terry Austin.
REVIEW: Not yet true of the show, but the comic has found a good hook for Jimmy Olsen - needing to prove himself at the office and be taken seriously by Perry White. He's the gopher who wants to exclusively be a professional news photographer, and it makes him take risks. And though Superman has lots to do this issue, Jimmy is definitely the story's protagonist. We're with him every step of the way, whether discussing what courage means with Clark, annoying Lois with his complaining, or coming face to face with the bad guys. And by the end, he doesn't see it because his back is turned, but Perry gives him an approving smile.
The A-plot about a gravity gun that makes Superman extra heavy and forces him to stomp around Metropolis, leaving potholes everywhere is pretty fun too. Though it affects his ability to capture the thieves, it makes him intimidating as hell, an unstoppable force of nature that mostly reminded me of Doomsday before he was fully revealed.
And of course you've got Lex in there denying culpability and trying to snipe his men before they lead the Man of Steel right to him. You're getting sloppy, Lex.