The GeeksverseAction Comics #1

Action Comics #1
Published on Saturday, September 10, 2011 by

Written by: Grant Morrison
Penciled by: Rags Morales
Inked by: Rick Bryant
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover Art: A- Rags Morales w/ Brad Anderson; B- Jim Lee w/ Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

This issue is supposed to take place in the past of the new DCU. Superman has only been around for six months now, so that would put it around 6 years ago. Superman doesn’t have the armor that he’ll be sporting in Superman as well as Justice League. Of course he has the armor in Justice League, which is only 5 years ago.

So that means that within the next 6 months or so (comic time) he’ll get the armor.

Morrison starts this issue off quickly and never lets up. In fact there are some spots that are extremely hard to follow. The whole thing about Lois and Jimmy getting on the train and they’re not supposed to never made any sense.

This Superman is new. He’s a little cocky and a bit of a jerk. This is a Superman who enjoys his abilities and doesn’t hold back from using them. This is a Superman that believes the strong should stand up for the weak. He’s got the right ideas, but it seems like he’s going about it the wrong way.

And if Superman is the first super human to “come out” (so to speak) and this is how he does it, then it’s understandable why super humans aren’t well loved as has been indicated in Justice League. It’s all Superman’s fault.

It’ll be interesting to see how Morrison develops the character from here.

Superman isn’t very likable though. I found myself understanding why people are afraid.

The script moves fast. Even the parts where he’s Clark Kent don’t slow down. Interestingly enough Clark works for a different paper then Jimmy and Lois. The problem with the script moving so fast is that it seems odd that Metropolis would be coming down on Superman this hard if it’s only been six months. What he’s done doesn’t seem that bad. So why are they overreacting?

To an extent it’s understandable that they’d fear a super human who acts like he does, but the reaction in this issue is just too much for such a short amount of time. They’re willing to destroy city blocks and endanger citizens to stop him.

And as impressive as the train derailment looked, there’s no way the people inside would have survived.

Morales art is impressive. It all looks good and the train derailment is very nicely done.

Action Comics #1 receives
3 out of 5

It’s too quick of a pace. The issue needs to slow down and develop more.

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