Friday, February 3, 2012

Kryptonite On The Brain

Have you ever had the feeling that your biggest problems are all in your head? For Superman, that's not just a feeling. Given that some rather incredible things have already happened in the pages of Action Comics since the September reboot, this one may not be too Twilight Zone after all. Building up to a story reminiscent of The Fantastic Voyage, In an issue guest starring key members of the Legion of Superheroes, the greatest threat to the Man of Tomorrow is inside his own head. For those who are unfamiliar, the Legion of Superheroes are a group of heroes from the 35th century who were inspired by the legends of Superman.

In this issue, the fate of the Superman's rocket and the Brainiac artificial intelligence onboard that powers it (epic foreshadowing) hangs in the balance, as does the potential outbreak of an alien techno-organic virus. Unfortunately this virus comes from the rocket that saved the Last Son of Krypton. The issue also introduces the threat of krypton and all of its deadly derivatives. Unfortunately the kryptonite is from the engine of Superman's rocket. Oh irony of ironies, how did all of this death-dealing madness come from one little prototype rocket?

With Grant Morrison remaining as the writer of the series, Action Comics is sure to remain a fan favourite. With An intimate knowledge of Superman, Morrison guides the readers on one adventure after another while stating true to the character. He doesn't miss a beat as one minor arc leads seamlessly into the next. With these battles he paves the way for what is sure to be another few generations worth of timeless heroism.

Andy Kubert is no rookie to the comic industry. A talent in his field, he shows no loss of artistic ability. Rather, he is a wellspring of incredible illustrations. Taking on the task of pencilling the Man of Steel AND three found members of the Legion of Superheroes is no mean feat. While having to tackle all that and the problem of showing a physically I'll Superman, Kubert shines. Morrison and Kubert deserve an 8.4 out of 10.

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