Review: Action Comics #1

By: Miguel Acedo

The comic that once started it all delivers on its namesake. Writer Grant Morrison and artist Rags Morales launch what promises to be an action-filled run of epic proportions.

For those who may have feared that Morrison would radically change the Man of Steel, rest easy. Morrison brilliantly finds a way to re-introduce Superman as a new hero who lacks public support, yet simultaneously hearkens back to the beloved Superman of yesteryear that first appeared in the original Action Comics #1 (1938).

Appropriately titling the first chapter “Versus the City of Tomorrow,” Morrison’s Superman encounters a police squad trying to corral him as he battles in the name of truth and justice. Superman, wrecking ball in hand, clashes with street tanks after he saves the inhabitants of building set for demolition. He fends off robo-copters. And yes, stops a runaway and eventually derailed train. Action is one thing this book does not lack, and thanks to Morales and his beautiful meticulous pencils, these sequences crackle with frenetic energy.

One of the strengths of this first issue is that is establishes many relationships and interesting connections. We learn that Lex Luthor and General Lane have a working association that entails Luthor delivering Superman to the Government. By the issues end, Luthor delivers in dramatic fashion and serves to display the maniacal mind he possesses.

We meet Superman’s alter ego, reporter for The Daily Star Clark Kent as well as his nosey landlady, Mrs. Nyxly. Lois Lane is revealed to be a reporter working for a rival newspaper, The Daily Planet, along with Clark Ket’s best friend Jimmy Olsen.

This homage to Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster showcases a Superman for old and new generations alike. He is brash and bold, but just like the original incarnation, this modern Superman battles social injustice in the form of wife beaters and profiteers. Morrison shows us why Superman is and always will be an exemplary hero for humanity.

True heroes take a stand for what they believe in. Morrison beautifully captures this theme when he has the Superman rescued inhabitants of the to-be-demolished building. They stand in front of a tank before it can mow over Superman. Morrison and Morales will remind you that all it takes to make a difference is one person to take a stand. It’s a beautiful thing to know that after all these years and no matter how much the world changes, Superman still stands for something.

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3 Responses to “Review: Action Comics #1”

  1. Tim September 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

    A more socially-relevant Supes? I make it no secret that I’m not the biggest Grant Morrison fan, but this really makes the big ol’ boy scout that much more appealing. Maybe this relaunch isn’t the worst thing in the world.

  2. Walter September 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM #

    I’m very nervous about the relaunch, but as long as they are telling good stories it’ll be good to see where they take these characters. Good review!

  3. A Rodriguez September 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM #

    Great review. Superman is my fave. Sounds like a good read. Wasn’t sure about the relaunch but this insight peaked my interest.

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