Again With the Comics heartily approves of the new Jimmy Olsen backup feature, soon to debut in Action Comics. The new stories put a modern spin on Superman’s Pal, while reminding us why Superman would want to be friends with a goof like Jimmy in the first place. The writing is sharp, the art is lovely, and the first story sets up an intriguing new world for Jimmy. Chloe Sullivan is introduced to the DC Universe here as well, which is a pretty big deal for Smallville fans, but lost on me. I never did take to Smallville. I like her as a replacement for Lucy Lane, though, as she challenges Jimmy in ways that echo the Silver Age Lucy/Jimmy dynamic, without all the hateful, shrewish stuff.
Best of all, we get a glimpse of a past adventure Jimmy had as a Genie:
Which Hints that maybe his crazy old silver Age adventures haven’t been completely retconned away:
This brief flashback made me think/hope that maybe writer Nick Spencer was inspired by the classic cover to Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen #42, and rather than trying to adapt that story (which was insane and ridiculous), he "micro-updated" Jimmy the Genie to a more modern style. If so, wouldn’t it be great if the new Jimmy Olsen series featured other “neo-flashbacks”; that is, updated reminisces about, say, the time Jimmy traveled to Gorilla City with Superman and Gorilla Grodd's fiancee fell madly in love with him, leading to an unexpeted wedding:
Well, maybe not. But a man can dream, can't he? A man can dream...