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ACTIONLAND!, written by DC animation legend Paul Dini, takes us on a whirlwind adventure through the history of Superman’s life via a twisted amusement park ride courtesy of the warped reality of Mister Mxyzptlk’s mind.  Leading us through this mystical museum is tour guide Ms. Gsptlsnz, another 5th Dimensional Imp.

Dini’s story is fast-paced and cartoony, typical of Mister Mxyzptlk’s powers.  We visit Smallville, Metropolis, and the Fortress of Solitude. We encounter friends and foes alike. Unfocused, Mister Mxyzptlk’s story falls apart, mostly because he doesn’t want Superman’s story to conclude. Superman gives him spirit and purpose, so their goofy roleplaying comes to an end in this short story.

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Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s artwork, Kevin Nowlan‘s inks, and Trish Mulvihill’s colors are bright, fun, awe-inspiring at the beginning but turn darker and colder as the Mister Mxyzptlk’s story collapses.  The panels are big and busy, keeping our eyes moving without haste or time to blink. There are lots of ooh’s and ahh’s, just as the tourists are enjoying in the panels as well. There’s a lot to see, so pay attention!

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This was a fun short story and history lesson on the Man of Steel. We remember that the legacy of Superman will never end. Oh, and please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times!

Kimberly Cook
Kimberly hails from the town that brought us SLAP SHOT and ALL THE RIGHT MOVES. She uses The Force to open all automatic doors. She became a Harley Quinn fan before it was cool to be a Harley Quinn fan. She loves peeking behind the curtain of kayfabe. Ferris Bueller is her hero. She lives in a tiny castle with her husband (who she met in the video game aisle of Toys R Us), 3 cats, and Wicket the Ewok dog. Kimberly is a TV, movie, and comic critic - her cups of tea include writing about badass women, WWE, Marvel, DC, The Walking Dead, and more. Be sure to follow her adventures on all of her social media links below. And while you're at it, be sure to follow Monkeys Fighting Robots & POPAXIOM across all social media platforms, too!
action-comics-1000-review-a-joyride-through-supermans-life-in-actionland A fun, cartoony trip down memory lane with the Man of Steel. His legacy will never end.