The issue ends with Superman in Metropolis Stadium attempting a heart-to-heart with his sand-double. It’s a really awkward moment, since the Colosseum’s full of people. O’Neil doesn’t get a single reaction shot in this sequence, after getting them in an opening action sequence at the Colosseum. It’s off. I mean, Lois should have a reaction, shouldn’t she?
There are other weak points to this issue–Morgan Edge being the J. Jonah Jameson of the DC Universe is problematic, regardless of if he’s just stooging for Darkseid–but there’s a lot of good stuff too, like Superman waving at a crowd of people to say hi to Lois. Or just O’Neil’s plotting, which allows for these nice action sequences without them taking over the entire issue before the big finale.
It’s solid, unspectacular.
O’Neil’s Superman seems way too nonplussed too, given the sand-double and losing his powers.
Sinister Scream of the Devil’s Harp!; writer, Denny O’Neil; penciller, Curt Swan; inker, Murphy Anderson; editor, Julius Schwartz; publisher, DC Comics.