Talk about giving Superman a back bone, great Scott!! Superman critics will be delighted to know that Superman’s “boyscoutish” nature has been wiped out with the rest of the previous DC continuity. One can always assume that boys will be boys, and Action Comics was presenting us a young man driven by testosterone and a need to show off; however, five years into the future Superman is still ornery and in-your-face, ready to knock the teeth out of anyone who scorns him!
A lot of continuity building happens in this issue, establishing Superman’s relationship with the Legion of Superheroes with first impressions. It’s interesting to see how the original Legionaries weren’t falling head over heels for the Boy of Steel, finding him to be quite annoying. Their respect for the role model of the future, however, is all that matters as they understand that meeting the Legion was one of the greatest influential periods of Superman’s life.
Grant Morrison keeps Action Comics spinning with fantastic new takes on things we always assumed we knew about Clark’s upbringing. Certainly, no follower of Superman will ever consider Smallville a canonized adaption of the Man of Steel’s legacy, but the detest that Superman has for his birth parents is certainly being applied into this origin story. Clearly, Clark hasn’t quite figured out everything concerning his home planet or the intentions of his parents when sending him to a safe planet for him to grow up on. How this will pan out for Superman in the long run has only been revealed minimally, but there’s no doubt that this is a Superman that has a lot more baggage to deal with then the pre-reboot Superman.
The most impressive part of Andy Kubert’s art in this issue is how well he makes Young Superman resemble older Superman! Not to mention Brad Anderson’s amazing coloring job. Both artists work well together to create amazing visuals that look like this…
The book concludes with a secondary story trailing back right before Clark moved to Metropolis. It’s much slower and more sentimental in comparison to the more important story, but it’s filled with a lot of heart. As to what purpose this secondary story serves for the overall picture, I’m not certain. More than likely it’s simply setting up the overall remapping of Superman’s origins and beginnings. And while I loved reading it, I’m not certain there was much point to it in connection to the bigger story at hand. However, I don’t think it lessens the reading experience in the least.
This isn’t the best issue of Action since the reboot, but without a doubt it’s one you don’t want to skip out on! Six hits in a row for Morrison, this rocks!
9 out of 10 stars!