Before the movies had Independence Day, Superman comics had “Panic in the Sky!”
The title comes from the classic George Reeves episode, but the scope of this seven-part storyline far exceeds what was possible in 1950s television. This is pure blockbuster—just turn your brain off, indulge your inner child, and enjoy the wild ride.
The Earth faces an extraterrestrial menace led by Braniac, and Superman must assemble an army of his fellow superheroes to stop it. Superman #65 is the “gathering of the troops” part of the story, in which Superman reluctantly accepts the fact that he’s the one who needs to organize and lead the planet’s defense. It’s fitting for the character, who has never craved power but will humbly accept the mantle of leadership if he needs to.
Guest stars abound—Wonder Woman, Aquaman, even Deathstroke the Terminator, and so many more. It looks like a company-wide crossover, but the story stays confined to the Superman titles, allowing him to remain the undisputed protagonist throughout.
It’s just good clean, action-packed fun, and great for younger readers.
Writer/Penciler: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Brett Breeding
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Superman: Panic in the Sky! (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 8 and up