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Tools of the Trade

Episode #12 - Tools of the Trade
Original Airdate - February 1st, 1997.

Bruno Mannheim and his Intergang terrorize Metropolis with high-tech weapons supplied by Kanto, an agent of the Darkseid who strikes a devil's bargain with Bruno, leaving him deeply indebted to Darkseid yet well equipped with weapons that can destroy Superman.

Media by Amazing Spidey, Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Credits:
Written by Mark Evanier
Directed by Curt Geda
Music by Kristopher Carter
Animation Services by Koko Enterprise Co., LTD., Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.

Voices:
Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Michael York as Kanto
Lauren Tom as Angela Chen
Bruce Weitz as Bruno Mannheim
Joana Cassidy as Maggie Sawyer
Joseph Bologna as Dan Turpin
Michael Ironside as Darkseid
Kevin M. Richardson as Al
Phil Hayes as Blaine
 
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This right here was a excellent episode. It had everything you could want, lots of action, great dialogue, very very good plot and the first appearance of Darkseid.

Kanto approaches Bruno Mannheim about a supply of weapons--weapons supplied to him by Darkseid. These weapons formed big hands, deadly bolts of fire and some nifty rocket packs of light shooter things. All of these weapons seriously pounded Superman down into the ground, but in the end, he prevailed and the weapons were no more.

With this episode, not only do we get some extremely good shots of a really ticked off Superman (Screen #11 portrays that well, I think), we glimpses of Apocalypse, Darkseid and his minions and, like I mentioned before, some really cool action scenes. This episode definitely did NOT disappoint in anyway, shape, or form.

This episode just has to be seen to be appreciated in all it's glory, so definitely keep an eye out for any airings of this on TV. I simply can't say anything more about this episode, without going on and on and on.

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