Saturday, December 8, 2012

Action Comics #15

I have to give Grant Morrison credit - he's managed to take this "new" version of Superman into completely unexpected directions during his all-too-brief run on Action Comics.

This issue pits Superman against an impossible opponent - one who is attacking him in the most terrible ways across several periods of his life, all at the same time. And I know, that sounds like it makes non sense - and yet it does.

That's because Morrison has incorporated one of Superman's most comic-bookish foes, Mr. Mxyzptlk - and he makes him "work" in the real world, without taking away his fantastic nature.

As you'd expect, it's a wild story. It includes a magical enemy attacking Superman in his past, present and future, teaming up with numerous deadly foes - and along the way we learn about Mxy's wife!

It's a story that crackles with imagination, fun and adventure, beautifully drawn by Brad Walker (who handles the Mxy side of things) and Rags Morales (covering the modern-day action with great skill).

I believe next issue is the last one in Morrison's run on this title - and that's a shame, because Superman's adventures haven't been this good in a long time.

Grade: A-


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