Written By: Grant Morrison
Art By: Rags Morales & Brent Anderson
Inked By: Rick Bryant & Bent Anderson
Colors By: Brad Anderson
Letters By: Patrick Brosseau
Cover By: Morales & Brad Anderson
What Happens When You Piss Off A Superhero?
Is it just me, or does trying to push an indestructible man to the brink of insanity sound like a bad idea? Lex Luthor certainly learned this as he ran excruciating test after test on the new comer known as Superman. Still recovering from being hit by the full force of a locomotive, Superman sustains every test that Luthor throws at him. Not only that, but Supes finds a way to taunt Luthor to the point of annoyance until, at long last, has enough time to recover, regain his powers and break free of his entrapment. Of course, in that trademarked Luthor way, Old Lexy has something else up his sleeve.
Issue #1 of Action Comics was a big hit with fans last month…even me! I still think, overall, Grant Morrison’s story telling is very “eh” and incomprehensible, but he definitely won me over last month with Action #1. Now, 30 days later, I’m STILL going gaga over Morrison’s Superman! What’s most appealing to me is how well the story is evolving into something mysterious and adventurous at the same time. We already know about Superman’s past and his upbringing, so Morrison isn’t wasting time on retelling us things we’ve heard far too often, thanks to the multiple origin retellings DC and Elseworlds has given us.
And The Love/Hate Relationship Begins…
It’s obvious that this issue’s purpose is to start the turmoil between Superman and Lex Luthor, but also to show how a kid, who’s out on his own and has two deceased parents, is going to handle finally being able to let loose and show the world what he can do. Superman is shown having forgotten his alias, Clark Kent, and fully embracing his Kryptonian heritage, flying around Metropolis with an attitude.
In issue #2, he has yet to adopt his more mature, intimidating persona of OLDER Superman that’s both honorable and terrifying at the same time. This is a Superman who’s at the “inbetween” stages of his life, no longer under the guidance of his parents, and with very little life experience to help guide his choices. He laughs right in Luthor’s face as he escapes from the testing observation chamber, something Lex hated, I’m sure. And Superman can’t seem to take life seriously as he burst through the building, pummeling through all of the military personal, walking away without a scratch…all done with a smile. It’ll be fun to see how Lex and Supes go at each other with this new twist in their meeting.
Just a side note, I wonder how Jeff Lamb, owner of the Comics Conspiracy will handle all the nasty half, unintelligible swear words this time?…
Definitely not "GD," but still somewhat suggestive right?
Kind Of Like Smallville, Maybe…
There’s a scene where Superman finds his space ship that brought him to Earth years ago. In that scene, both Superman and the ship seem to have a moment as the craft begins uttering Kryptonian jargon towards Kal-El…and in response, he tells the ship to take care of itself as it forms a crystal barrier. Why do I get the feeling that Morrison is building Action Comics into an epic series that resembles the TV sci-fi dramas like Smallville, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, etc etc? I have no fears of Action Comics becoming as cheesy and poorly written as Smallville, but there seems to be that type of angst and suspense building up amongst all the action and adventure. If this is the case, I’m definitely going to be hooked on Action Comics and will be making it a top priority each month.
Lex Luthor is definitely starting off on the right “evil person” foot by his refusal to call Superman a “he” and constantly reminding everyone around him that only humans have rights, not aliens. I’m sure Luthor’s story will come out in time, but right now all we know about the Lex Luthor of the DCnU is that, for some reason, he doesn’t trust Superman and wants to know what makes him tick. But with how Superman mocked Luthor as he escaped, Luthor will only get crazier with hatred. Action Comics is already the best title in DC’s reboot repertoire, so it’ll be exciting to see how Morrison develops everything over a period of 12 issues.
Artist toggling, why why why why why????
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…man I hate artist toggles! I can definitely tell when Rags Morales it’s penciling this comic, versus when Brent Anderson is. Both are talented, but Anderson’s style doesn’t resemble Morales’ in the least, and that makes for a visually jolting experience for me. I’d have much preferred Morales staying steady with the art rather than Anderson, but I want ONE ARTIST, not TWO!!!! Please pick one DC!
With that being said, there’s still a lot of clarity and attractive scenes with every page turn. Morales is a master of expressive faces and action, while Anderson’s not so visually appealing style still rings of quality and gorgeous color.
There you have, another successful turn out for Action Comics! Am I getting sick? I enjoyed TWO comics in a row by Grant Morrison??? Maybe I should lie down…
9 out of 10 stars