Monday, November 7, 2011

Still Off-"Planet"

Still Off-"Planet"
Review of Action Comics #3
By: Andrew Hines

     How is it possible that in 73 years of Action Comics (which have just started over), not one person in Metropolis has figured out that Clark Kent is really just Superman with glasses?

     Well, this may be the day that someone finally does.  It will be taken care of in this issue, though not broadcast.*  We'll see some interesting things in this issue that take Clark Kent from being a low-level reporter at the Daily Star to possibly on the staff of the Daily Planet.  Not only is that yet to occur, but there is a strong anti-Superman sentiment in Metropolis as well.  Clark is being hounded by police for his writing at the newspaper and there is a new threat to the survival of Earth.  Basically, what I'm saying is there's plenty of reason to read this.  The only thing we're unclear on at this point is the new vilain(s).  It's either Brainiac or Metallo, maybe both.

     With Grant Morrison's writing, as usual, we see the perfect blend of comic book life and reality.  Seeing both the super and the man at once is a rare thing when dealing with the Man of Steel.  We see the broad strokes and fine lines that make up Morrison's stellar vision of the comics he pens.  Morrison is a man with a rare gift for writing realistic comics.  Not only is the story contemporary in nearly every sense, but there are enough twists to fit three chapters of a proper novel.  There are introductions of two villains and a new look at Kal-El's home world of Krypton shown in a rather intriguing way.

     Rags Morales matches Morrison's words with the strokes of his pencil.  He is proving why he has stayed in the business for more than 20 years.  Morales is the first artist I've seen who has been able to actually make Superman and Clark Kent look the same and yet alarmingly different.  I guess that makes artists like Mr Morales the answer to my question.

     Morrison and Morales have so far made the perfect team to tackle one of the crown jewels of DC Comics.  These two have earned them a 9.5 out of 10.

*     If you want to see what happens when people try to broadcast the identity of a superhero, look up Irredeemable Vol. 1 by Mark Waid.

Cover for Action Comics #2:

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