Monday, March 25, 2013

Action Comics #18

It seems that Grant Morrison's final story for Action Comics (at least for now) kept growing and spilled over into a couple of extra issues.

Lucky for us!

Morrison's final story arc has been a mind-bending, almost psychedelic battle between Superman and an evil imp from the 5th Dimension - no, not the mischievous Mxyzptlk (though he certainly figures into the story), but instead it's the evil Vyndktvx who has assembled a team of killers to attack the Man of Steel - in fact, Superman is being attacked simultaneously in different time periods.

Luckily, he has some powerful friends, including the Legion of Super-heroes and a new team of space-faring heroes (or at least a new version of that team).

But even with their help, it'll take all of Superman's skills and intelligence to survive.

What I love about Morrison's writing is that he doesn't play Superman as just the world's most powerful hero. He's also the world's smartest hero, and wins the day time and again by being more clever than the other guy (which is quite a trick when you're up against alien intelligences or Lex Luthor).

This series has been a real high mark in the adventures of Superman, and I'm certainly sorry to see it end.

But (thanks also to the excellent art by Rags Morales and Brad Walker) it's a heck of a wrap-up. Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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