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Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?

(Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1-12)

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Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen is a weird and wild trip throughout the DC Universe, with Silver Age energy and a distinctly modern sensibility courtesy of writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber!

Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman's best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of t
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by DC Comics (first published October 13th 2020)
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Chad
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, single-issues
A completely irreverent ode to the silver age Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, full of shenanigans. This did drag in a lot of places and probably would have worked better tightened up to 6 issues over 12. I don't think Fraction is as clever or funny as he seems to think he is. He's started to believe his own hype he earned from his Marvel work and his current work suffers from it. This was just OK.

***Read in single issues***
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Artemy
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the most fun I've had with a comic book in the last year or so. ...more
Dan Schwent
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-comics
Who killed Jimmy Olsen? That's what Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, is trying to find out...

When I saw the Hawkeye band was getting back together, I decided I'd be reading this. It was agony waiting for the trade.

This twelve issue miniseries is a loveletter to the Silver Age craziness of Jimmy Olsen, updated for the modern age. Jimmy Olsen wakes up married in Gorilla City and things spiral from there. Someone is gunning for Superman's Pal, but why? Jimmy's quest takes him to Gotham City and beyond
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James DeSantis
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Fun.

That's pretty much the word I would use. A little too much talking just for the sake of talking but that is who Jimmy Olsen is. I'll say this, it was charming and fun to read 90% of the time. I also enjoyed most of the jokes. Batman is lol-tastic in this. If want something lighthearted and fun pick this one up and give it a go. A 3 out of 5.
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Rod Brown
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
So wacky it hurts. So long it bores.

I was actually a fan of the Jimmy Olsen "Mr. Action" segments in the old Superman Family comic book back in the day and am familiar with Jimmy's cornier adventures from previous decades, so I would consider myself part of the target audience for this homage/parody/nostalgic indulgence. And while it might have been fun for a giant special or short limited series, a 12-issue maxi-series drives the joke into the ground like a ten-minute Saturday Night Live sketch
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Anthony
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I only just recently got the final issue of this (I somehow missed it on its release?), so this is gong to have to have a proper read through now that it’s all done. But that said, this is a really fun book. It’s good to see Fraction back on a Big Two book and doing his own thing. Lieber’s art style is perfect for the kind of comic and story he wants to do. While it doesn’t seem to have had the impact that his Hawkeye did, it almost feels like a distant cousin to that book.
Duncan
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes, superman, dc
I just finished issue #12 and I honestly am not really entirely sure what just happened. It all sorta makes sense in the final issue, but did it really need 12 issues to get there? The art was pretty good - Steve Lieber, the story was okay - Matt Fraction. It's a shaggy Jimmy Olsen story I guess. I like the fact that Miss Tesmacher makes an appearance. They should have more Miss Tesmacher scene stealing in the DC-verse. If the story was graphed for quality it would look like a spavined horse. Go ...more
Dakota Morgan
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Golly, what a hoot! Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen provided the most laughs from a comic book since...gosh, maybe ever. The style of humor is directly up my alley: exaggerated replications of old timey language via an omniscient narrator who occasional breaks the fourth wall because, gee, he's just as confused as you!

If you're looking for clarity or coherence in your read, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen is not for you. To be clear: the lack of clarity and coherence is by design. Jimmy Olsen leads a weir
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Shannon Appelcline
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Matt Fraction's attempt to "Hawkeye" Jimmy Olsen is a lot of fun, but it only occasionally rises up to the level of its predecessor.

Don't get me wrong, I love the experimentalism of this comic: the fact that each issue is composed of small stories from a variety of point of views, in a variety of time frames. The different tones and attitudes of the different "comics" is terrific. But too often, the skewed timeframes seem random, rather than used for good effect, and too rarely does the comic re
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Andrew
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite of the spate of DC and Marvel comics I recently caught up on. Structured as a series of short punchline comics in the fashion of the Silver Age Jimmy Olsen back-up stories, the book mixes running gags and media satire with a surprising amount of sentimentality.

Fraction's self-satisfied tone occasionally grates on me now in a way that it didn't a few years back when I was reading Cassanova and Sex Criminals, but the man can still craft an excellent and exceedingly clever com
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Clint
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
First comic in memory I’ve DNF-ed. I made it almost halfway through its 300+ densely captioned pages and realized I was miserable and couldn’t imagine reading slightly more than I already had, despite the obvious imagination and passion Fraction shows for this corner of DC comics history.

The biggest problem I had with this is how wildly inscrutable it is for a story that primarily seems interested in being silly fun. I can only assume it’s a deeply informed parody of the original midcentury Jimm
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Roni
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
What this? The funniest comic-book maxi-series containing a sharp subtext that this overthinking reviewer has ever read? The much anticipated origin story of DC Comics' latest pink-Crocs™-wearing supervillain The Porcadillo? A momentary distraction from the overwhelming existential dread that hasn't stopped bouncing inside your cavernous head since the instant you learnt in second grade that our bright sun will eventually die and that nothing, absolutely nothing, lives forever? An action-packed ...more
Ryan
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-comics, borrowed
Sweet lord, I love Matt Fraction.
Rory Wilding
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
No matter how good superheroes are, if they have a supporting cast that is as compelling as its protagonist, there are stories that you can tell about them. Superman has one of the best supporting cast as some of which even had their own comic during the Silver Age of Comics, including Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. During the current era of Brian Michael Bendis writing Superman and Action Comics, these two aforementioned characters got their own twelve-issue series. So what did I think Superman's P ...more
John Hartford
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pure joy in comic form.

This collected edition lived up to the hype and then some. I've always been a big fan of Matt Fraction, especially Sex Criminals, and this book was him writing on a whole new level. Or maybe he just replaced sex jokes with DC Comics jokes.

There is so much that could be said about this book but ultimately I'll just say pick it up for the Batman scenes alone. It's a hilarious romp that just keeps giving.

Also Steve Lieber absolutely nails the art in this book. He brings so
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Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Matt Fraction made Jimmy Olsen interesting.
For a character that has really annoyed me over the years, this seemed like new turn for a character that actually lead him back to his origins. I don’t know if it makes sense, but it made me appreciate way more Jimmy, and the non-sense where he comes from.
The narrative was a bit all over the place, but it was fun to follow. It did drag a bit too long, though. 12 issues on this same plot seemed a bit of a stretch and I think I would have lost interest
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Nate
Feb 25, 2021 added it
I wanted to like this more than I did. I generally enjoy Silver Age goofiness, even in pastiche form, and like Matt Fraction as a writer. But this was a real slog to get through. It’s one joke painfully extended to twelve issues during which I laughed out loud maybe once. The storytelling is also very convoluted, and by the eighth issue I was reading just to finish it. I really began to dread all those densely-layered captions. Yeah, this was a miss for me.
Linus
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everything you ever wanted to know about Jimmy Olsen but were afraid to ask. Plus Superman. And a blood-vomiting space-cat. And the secret history of Metropolis. And Metamorpho?
Emma Gear
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen follows that rambunctious loser as he accidentally destroys something extremely valuable and is subsequently assigned to go work in Gotham City, as he's a liability in Metropolis but still the only profitable part of the Daily Planet considering the problems that modern newspapers are having in reader numbers and stuff.

It's a fun run but... it's not super fun for long. That part of the plot I typed up is only for about the first half, after which it becomes a mystery
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Adam Stone
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero-comics
When I say that this is the best non-YA book that DC has put out in probably a decade, please understand, that doesn't make it amazing. It makes it decent. Rising above the utter dreck the Batcompany has been selling as comics, this was an amusing adventure story told as silver age parody.

Each chapter of the advernture was short, the story was overall non-linear for No Good Reason, but you could tell that everyone involved was having fun.

You don't need to no a thing about Superman or his sideki
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Mike
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
This is supposed to be for me.

It's part of a recent trend where an A-list writer takes a minor character, builds a series around him or her, colors in more of a backstory and motivation, and makes them cool. A graphic novel follows. See Tom King's The Vision or Omega Men or Mister Miracle, Steve Orlando's Martin Manhunter, and Greg Rucka's Lois Lane.

And now Matt Fraction's take on Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen.

Ostensibly a whodunit about Jimmy Olsen's murder (not!), this is a freewheeling series th
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Adam Bender
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Superman fans with a sense of humor should dig this wacky book by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber.

Warning: This is Fraction (of Hawkeye fame) and Lieber (known for the also great The Superior Foes of Spider-Man) allowed to run laughing, crying and generally amok around an insane asylum of weird and wild ideas. That leads to a lot of laughs, but I must lament that the book is missing the heart of Fraction's Hawkguy book. Jimmy doesn't have the dimension of Clint Barton, and in this book has a cyn
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Alex Sarll
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
12-and-a-bit issues of ridiculous hijinks, daft capers, and Superman winking to camera. There's a spine of sorts, with Jimmy investigating the death of his own assassination decoy, but really that's just the excuse for him to undergo ridiculous transformations, pull off daft stunts, and break things with his ass (possibly while transformed into a giant turtle and falling from Earth orbit). Were the Olsen family always fabulously rich and among Metropolis' founding dynasties? I have no idea, and ...more
Eli
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, dc-comics
4.5 stars (rounded down to 4 for the uphill battle it was to read this)

Only Matt Fraction could get away with doing something like this, in my opinion. Basically, the whole story is told through a series of time-jumping, kind of "cheesy cartoon shorts." The only way I can accurately describe it is by showing it:
The Doctor Will See You

That was pretty much what happened every few pages. But somehow? It worked? I will admit, though, because of this format, it took me longer than normal to get through it. It's pretty leng
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Adam Graham
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Someone's trying to kill Jimmy Olsen...a lot of people are trying to kill Jimmy Olsen, but one in particular sends him into hiding and in search of who is really behind what's happening to him. Along the way he's going to meet friend and foe alike as he seeks to find out the truth.

This book is a hoot as it pays tribute to all of the insane whackiness Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen has gotten himself into, in many ways hearkening back to the Silver Age of comics. It's filled with all sorts of outrage
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Fraser Sherman
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good, but frustrating.
Jimmy's in trouble. Streaming video of his wacky adventures is the only thing keeping the Daily Planet afloat. Only now someone's out to kill him. Faking his death, Jimmy sets out to find out who and why, and to do it without Superman.
The good: this embraces the goofiness of Jimmy's Silver Age adventures and like Morrison's All-Star Superman has Jimbo build a career on them. And the plot is solid. His version of Jimmy's family history is fun.
The frustrating: Fraction gets
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Alan
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Yep, killing more time at work with digital floppies. Fortunately no one wants to touch my assignment so even on slow days they leave me alone. This was an...interesting read. I think Fraction wanted to experiment with some non-linear, surreal aspects of story telling. That type of story telling (be in print, movie, etc.) does not always work for me.

Yet, what I was considering an utterly nonsense read spoofing the title's 1960s run drew me in over the last couple of issues with story pit stops i
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Shane Perry
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen has always been a very silly comic. Despite being the comic Jack Kirby chose to begin his Fourth World saga, it always kept its tongue-in-cheek humor. Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber continue that tradition here with probably the silliest comic to come out of DC in quite some time. It’s hard to read an issue of this without a smile coming across your face. The story of Jimmy Olsen trying to solve his own murder makes for a strong enough background plot to let the sillie ...more
Chris Bromley
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Very wacky in places and for a long time I had no idea what was going on but then you realise you just need to relax and enjoy the ride. And by the end the story works. Only problem is I now want to go back and read it again to get the full flow of things.

I've never read anything by Fraction before but I'll definitely try more. And Steve Leiber's artwork is fantastic. It catches the essence of the comic really well.

I can understand why some people didn't like this or it wasn't their ba
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Nathan Hipple
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is long, weird, and both brilliantly stupid and stupidly brilliant. It takes a fairly straight forward plot but then tells it in the most pointlessly overcomplicated manner possible. But that's part of the gag. Super clever and referential, but also absolutely bonkers crazy, this book is simultaneously a ritalin soaked romp and a slow procedural. But it all works. Mostly. Fraction is the perfect choice to bring this sort of story to life and Lieber's just as inspired a pick. Between th ...more
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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