Sunday, November 16, 2008

Action Comics #871

This issue of Action Comics seems like a bit of a fake-out at first, because even though the story is linked to the last issue of Superman, it doesn't pick up immediately where that one left off - with Superman and several Kryptonians facing a major menace.

Instead, it goes for a (relatively) quiet start, as we check in on a couple of Krytonians exploring life on Earth, and then learn more about Lex Luthor and his newest (unexpected) ally.

Eight pages in, we finally get the showdown we were expecting - and a good one it is, with lots of action and a surprising ending.

Artist Pete Woods really runs the gamut here - some of his larger panels are really excellent, brimming with power and menace. but some of the smaller panels - especially from the fight sequences - are jumbled and difficult to follow. Panels are piled on top of each other, and in several places I have no idea what exactly is happening.

Writer Geoff Johns continues building on an interesting story, as we learn a little more about the citizens of Kandor who are now living on Earth. I'm still very interested to see where this one goes.

In other words: so far, so good.

Grade: B+

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