Superman #34 Review
Written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art by Ed Benes, Doug Mahnke and Jack Herbert
Colors by Dinei Ribeiro
Cover by Patrick Gleason and Dean White
A pair of Apokoliptian fanatics have kidnapped Lex Luthor and asked him to rule Apokolips with the iron hand that it needs. On Earth, Lexbots responding to a failsafe find Superman to send him to Luthors aid. They accidentally send Superman, Lois Lane, and Superboy all to Apokolips, and all in different places!
What Happened: Lex Luthor finds himself in the throne room of Darkseid’s Castle, insisting that he has not forsaken the people of Apokolips. They plead with him to restore a semblance of order to their hellish life, quoting a prophecy about the chosen one, an impervious man who was capable of defeating Darkseid. Luthor has them describe the prophecy more, and it become abundantly clear that the Chosen One that it speaks of is Superman, not Lex Luthor. Luthor uses a Boom Tube to summon Superman to Darkseid’s Castle, who angrily demands that Luthor explain what he has gotten him caught in the middle of.
Meanwhile, Lois has been captured by Granny Goodness and the Female Furies, the elite special forces team of Apokolips, and some of the most dangerous people in the Multiverse. One of the furies known as Mad Harriet taunts Lois, and in doing so also explains that she is being taken along with a group of prisoners who are being punished for failing to find the missing Darkseid. After some more berating and some punishment from Lashina, another Fury, the prison caravan is attacked by a giant Dredge Worm. Granny orders her Furies to attack it, and in the confusion Lois grabs a weapon and lends her assistance. The Fury who owns the gun yanks it out of Lois’ hands and begins to berate her, but doesn’t get far before getting killed by the worm. Impressed by Lois’ attitude in the face of danger, Granny has her take the fallen Fury’s armor and join the ranks of the Female Furies.
Before wrapping up the issue we check in briefly with Superboy, who is frantically running away from Apokoliptian forces who want to see him in the firepits of Apokolips!
One last thing: Stompa looks like she’s less than five feet wide in this book, which is mildly disappointing, but at least she’s in a book again!