If you’re going to relaunch “Action Comics,” the granddaddy of all superhero comics, you should probably be prepared for some criticism. However, after reading the 2011 “Action Comics” #1 by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and Rick Bryant, I can’t find much with which to take issue.
For those who have read a lot of “Superman,” there are homages to be found, and a strong tie back to Superman’s original conception in 1938′s “Action Comics” #1. But for brand-new fans or curious new readers, it’s all there on the page.
Set six months before the events of “Justice League” No. 1, Clark Kent’s a new reporter at a competitor to the Daily Planet. He’s friends with Jimmy Olsen, who works there, and beneath the radar of star reporter Lois Lane.
Superman, meanwhile, goes about his business in work boots and blue jeans, rustling up corporate criminals and raising the ire of everyone from the police and military to Lex Luthor, a brash industrialist who doesn’t much cotton to the idea of a superhuman.
Superman’s a bit arrogant, but very much easy to root for, as he attempts to stand up to bullies of all stripes.
Rags Morales effortlessly paces Morrison’s script, and readers will all but hear John Williams’ Superman score in the background as the Man of Steel is reintroduced for a new era. So far, this is the comic book of the year.
- Matt Price
Comics read in 2011: 1,342 Still to go: 669.