Monday, October 29, 2018

Action Comics #1004

   I think this issue is what a lot of us were expecting when Brian Michael Bendis took over Action Comics.

   It's the opposite of the loud, raucous battles we're seeing over in the pages of Superman.  

   Instead, we get a calm, quiet but emotionally charged discussion between Clark Kent and his wife, Lois Lane - who we thought was off on a tour of the galaxy with her son Jon and her father-in-law, the somehow not dead Jor-El.

   Which is not to say that the issue has no action content - there's enough to keep the average comics fan happy - but the focus is on the personal story of the two leads, and it's a nice change of pace from the usual smashing and hitting.

   The art by Ryan Sook is terrific - they need more pages out of this guy!

   I'm still a bit confused by the latest version of Superman. Is his identity still a secret? Because it seems like everyone either knows it or should know it by now - he makes almost no effort to hide it.

   Is Lois married to Superman or Clark? Because she and Supes make out in public. And Lois recounts conversations with Lex Luthor that indicate he knows the secret, too.

   It's my fault for not reading the comic for a while, I know - but surely I'm not the only one wondering about these things.

   But those are minor complaints - the series is a lot of fun to read and moving in new and interesting directions. What more could any fan ask?

Grade: A-



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