Review – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (DC Comics)

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #2
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 9/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
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Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Steve Lieber
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn 
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 21, 2019

Jimmy Olsen is trying to break the biggest story of his life. That will incorporate his past, present, future, and, apparently, his death!


“What’s My Age Again?” Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2

Jimmy Olsen is in Gotham City, ready to break the biggest story of his life, in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2. It involves his past, present, and future and, apparently, his death! He is ready to get the scoop—that is, if he can keep from screwing anything up! You would think that would be enough for one issue, but no! You will also find out some secret powers of Superman as well! Only Jimmy Olsen has the scoop and you don’t want to miss out on this.


Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (DC Comics) cover art by Steve Lieber
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 (DC Comics) cover art by Steve Lieber

This is another delightful entry into this 12-issue maxi-series. Matt Fraction weaves a very interesting, funny, and a little confusing tale in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2. Much like the first issue, we kind of jump through time with the Olsen family as the book is split into different story “chapters”. We spend a short time back in the olden days as we learn about the Olsen vs Luthor rivalry and how it developed. We jump forward with Jimmy and his older brother and then Jimmy with Superman and then Jimmy in Gotham.

Each of these stories is unique, funny, and interesting in their own regards; I am just not exactly sure yet how they all fit together. Fraction may be slowly letting all these eventually connect together, but at times the jumping around does get a little confusing from a narrative standpoint. I do like that they are split up into story chapters, though. 

Fraction also does a great job of just making Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 an entertaining read. Even though the plot doesn’t make much sense right now, the story is just plain fun, still. From Jimmy and his brother’s interactions to Superman’s new “superpowers”, it is hard not to smile your way through this issue. I also love Fraction’s introductions to each chapter they set the scene in very amusing ways.


Steve Lieber‘s art is tremendous in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2. I really love the slightly “rougher” style he starts off with in flashback “olden times” scenes. It sets the mood perfectly for those pages and is a nice subtle style change-up. His cartooning continues to be top-notch throughout the issue. His cartooning is phenomenal, the way he catches slight looks and changes in facial expressions that really sell what is happening on the pages. He has lovely detailed backgrounds as well. The cluttered mess of Lois’ desk really stands out, with post-it notes, articles and what not; it really just brings the page to life.

Lieber also has some fantastic panel structure throughout Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2. He catches those comedy bits perfectly by the way he lets the story unfold visually and how the eye flows from panel to panel. I love the coloring work by Nathan Fairbairn as well. The bright, flat tones work extremely well for the series. It matches up perfectly with Lieber’s cartooning. Fairbairn’s coloring work on that flashback page is excellent as well; he matches the rougher look of Lieber’s linework with some exceptionally great darker colors.

Clayton Cowles’ lettering is also fantastic in this book. The different fonts and styles he uses for those different chapter pages just add that nice little touch that really sets everything off in this series. It just matches the tone for the series perfectly.


Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #2 is another fun entry into this 12 issue maxi-series. While the story structure is a bit confusing, it is still a joy to read and I am sure Fraction will make it all make sense as the series progresses. The creative team does a fantastic job of catching the tone of this series; from art to lettering, everything captures this silly, optimistic adventure of Jimmy Olsen, has made these past two issues a delight to read, and has me excited for the next issue!

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