Jimmy Olsen Just Moved Out of Metropolis - But Why?

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Superman's, Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 by Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, Nathan Fairbairn and Clayton Cowles, in stores now.

It's not easy being a photographer for the top newspaper in the biggest city in the world, which coincidentally is home to the greatest superhero in the universe. Always in search of the perfect shot, intrepid Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen has put himself in harm's way more than once.

In Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1, he's taken his job to the next level. Jimmy isn't just a photographer anymore -- he's now a videographer, and he's a good one at that. In fact, his recorded antics throughout Metropolis are The Daily Planet's biggest source of revenue. However, there's just one problem: the damage that his misadventures are costly.

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Thankfully, Perry White has found a way to keep Metropolis safe from Jimmy's antics without sacrificing any of Olsen's profitable content. He's embedding the videographer in another famous DC city.

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Greetings, from Gotham City

In Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #1, while producing his latest video, Jimmy ends up accidentally destroying a Metropolis landmark. While the city's mayor and editor-in-chief Perry White are both furious, The Daily Planet simply can't afford to lose Jimmy. Therefore, thanks to a bit of advice from the newspaper's new owner Leone, Perry sends Jimmy away to continue his adventures in Gotham City.

Yes, Jimmy leaves behind the bright, sunny skies of Metropolis for the musty darkness of Gotham. The next time we see him, he has rented a dreary apartment in the city of the of the Dark Knight, rooftop gargoyles and perpetual doom and gloom.

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It may not be the environment Olsen is most used to, but he is sure to find more trouble than he's bargained for in such a dangerous city.

However, as the issue comes to a close, we discover that Jimmy didn't move to Gotham just because, or simply because he was ordered to by Perry White. In truth, he has just found himself in the middle of a curious murder mystery. As Jimmy settles into his dusty apartment, he takes out a newspaper cutout with a baffling title: "Who killed Jimmy Olsen?"

The article is extensive, and it also comes with a picture of Jimmy's brother standing over his body at the scene of the crime. So what exactly is the story here? Could there be a dead Jimmy Olsen doppelganger out there? Or perhaps does the newspaper clipping come from the future, somehow?

Whatever the answers may be, this could be the most intriguing (and personal) case Jimmy has ever been a part of. And wherever the trail leads, it's likely that it will bring a whole lot of hijinks certain to have Superman's best pal running for his life -- if he isn't dead already.

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