Review: Action Comics #1

Action Comics 1

Written by Grant Morrison, Art by Rags Morales and Rick Bryant, Cover by Rags Morales

Solicitation Info (from Previews): The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

Bias: This is one of the titles I’m most excited about. I love the idea of Superman as a rabble rouser, fighting against the corporate bigwigs (as represented by Lex Luthor). Seriously: who wouldn’t want to see the Corporate CEOs that were “too big to fail” taken down a peg, and who better than Superman to do it (and who better than Grant Morrison to write it?!) Definitely excited about this one!

What I liked: I really do think that this is the first time I’ve felt that Superman – not just Clark Kent, but Superman – was “one of us.” Once again, Grant Morrison proves himself to be the master storyteller. This story lived up to the hype, and really set the stage for what’s to come. If I had one worry, it was this would be another rehash of Superman’s origin (or introduction to the world), but the story skips past that, and dives right into the meaty action, and doesn’t slow down through the entire comic. The art was, by my definition, perfect. It’s my opinion that the art – and dialogue – shouldn’t stand out, but rather convey the story so you feel more like you were there, rather than taken out of the story, even to admire the wonderful artwork. While Rags Morales does draw pretty pictures, they flow with the story rather than stand out as being pretty.

What I disliked: If anything, it was a bit too fast paced at points – so much so, in fact, that certain details were left out or confusing. To give one example (that shouldn’t spoil the story): what paper are Lois and Clark working at (I’m assuming one of them is the Daily Planet, but which one? It only describes them as working at “rival newspapers.”) More of these details are listed in the comments section, so as to spare those who don’t want spoilers revealed. The only gripe I had about the artwork was how Lex Luthor was drawn (and is the can in his hand shrinking?) on the first page he’s introduced. (It was the only page that took me out of the story.) Mr. Morales seems to figure out how to draw him by the later pages, though, so this is very much nit-picking.

Verdict: I do believe that as long as Grant Morrison is writing this title, I’ll be collecting it – and I hope Rags Morales will be drawing it for some time to come!

As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.

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  1. My favorite scene was actually behind the scenes. I loved how Lex Luthor is fighting against Superman, but Superman has no clue that he’s behind it. It’s the public super hero vs. the shadowy military consultant, pulling strings from behind the scene, yet plainly displayed for us, the reader. That part – that we can see what Lex is up to – was very refreshing.

    As for the details that seemed missing:
    1) The aforementioned “which paper is Lois working at, and which rival paper is Clark working at?”
    2) How does Lex Luthor know that Superman is an alien? Is he assuming? Or was that from backstory we haven’t seen yet? (And will we see it, or just assume it’s the story we’re used to by now?)
    3) Who were the “two men and a woman –a blonde, very nice, very good-looking” that came to visit Clark while he was out as Superman? Since Superman was supposed to be the first super hero, it seems odd that these are other heroes (and I doubt they’d know Clark was Superman this early, even if they’re around at this point), so who were they?
    4) How did Clark know about the trains? If this was part of his investigation, I’m okay with that, but I’m going to want some heads up in the future of how he acquires the knowledge, not just an assumption that his unspecified investigations yielded fruit yet again…
    5) What was “past the orbit of Neptune, getting closer”?

    As for our Mysterious Hooded Woman from Flashpoint #5, she does indeed make an appearance, on page 32, bottom panel, in the crowd on the train. I’m having fun looking for this particular easter egg in each of the comics. 🙂

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