Luckily, Superman gets some back-up in the form of John Henry Irons - a scientist inspired by Superman's example who has decided to use his talents to help the world... but not necessarily as a superhero. The contrast between both characters proves subtle and helps to put a unique spin on what might have been another simple fight issue. The closing scenes in which we see how Irons "pays it forward" and empowers others to help as he has are particularly inspiring.
The artwork by Cully Hammer - most recently seen on The Shade and in other Action Comics back-up stories - is top-notch. Hammer is a wonderful visual storyteller, who keeps the story flowing smoothly from panel to panel. I particularly like Hammer's take on Superman, who looks not unlike a young Bruce Campbell. I don't know if this was an intentional choice but now I want to reread my old Action Comics issues with Campbell's voice in mind.
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