"On the bubble": At risk, in peril. Most often used to describe someone or something that may be ... removed from the group.The new, Brian Michael Bendis-authored Superman issue one picks up from the events of the underwhelming Man Of Steel miniseries, opening with Superman heading out into space to try and find Lois and Jon.
His family are off on an interstellar voyage of discovery with the man who claims to be Jor-El (I'm still holding out hope that he's fake), but Superman's communication device was destroyed during the battle with bland muscle-mountain Rogol Zaar.
I don't want to keep banging on about this awful, one-dimensional villain that Bendis has created, but it appears from this issue that they're going with the monster's claim to have been responsible for the destruction of Krypton.
And I really feel that this undercuts the whole 'message' of the destruction of Krypton, that the world was ending because of ecological, seismic, issues that science could have averted... if only they'd listened to Jor-El.
If the version of events where it was Zaar who blew up the planet is the one Bendis - and DC - ultimately say is the new canon, it just feels so mundane and uninspired compared to the long-standing mythology.
And if one one-dimensional villain wasn't enough for Superman, while on his hunt for his family, he just happens upon a Dominator invasion fleet who are, apparently, attacking Earth just because.
There's no debate, no explanation, no depth to this. Superman just beats the snot of them, because he can.
Back on Earth, there are some lovely flashback sequences where Clark is recalling some of his last conversations with Lois and Jon, and these, it has to be said, are truly wonderful character pieces.
There's also a sequence where Superman decides to relocate his Fortress of Solitude to the Bermuda Triangle, after it got trashed by Zaar. It's dramatic, but ultimately doesn't that much sense.
But then neither, really, does the lengthy conversation Superman then has with J'onn J'onzz, who puts a very bizarre proposition to Superman that makes me think (like Jor-El?) it's not the real Martian Manhunter, but a shapeshifter or something like that.
The strongest part of this section of the issue is Superman's frequent interruptions of the conversational flow so he can go off and avert some disaster or another.
But then again, talking about not feeling right, we have the "shocking" turn of events at the end of the issue, which comes out nowhere and opens the door - way too soon - for the return of Rogol Zaar (it's like he never left).
I have to be honest, I'm not impressed. Much like The Man Of Steel mini-series there are some lovely moments in Superman #1, but overall this is very patchy, with too many elements just not feeling "right".
Perversely, whereas I'm normally moaning about Bendis's narrative decompression, here there's too many new elements and storylines being thrown in at once so we can't yet to really get a handle on what's going on.
Superman #1 isn't so bad that I'll be dropping the title with immediate effect, but money's tight, comics aren't cheap, and some titles will have to go at some point. And Superman - regrettably - might get the chop if things don't settle down within the next few issues.