Action Comics is one of the longest running superhero comics. That’s why DC decided to relaunch the series with a new number one this month in the hopes that the allure of a first issue will attract new readers. Matthew and Stephen took some time today to run down to their local stores (or in Stephen’s case – his comiXology account) to pick up copies for this review.

ACTION COMICS #1
Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Rags Morales
Inker: Rick Bryant
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Patrick Brossen
Cover: Rags Morales and Brad Anderson
Variant Cover: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99

Previously in Action Comics: Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s Superman! Strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman! Who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who disguesed as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!

STEPHEN: FIrst of all… He’s faster than a speeding bullet, He’s able to LEAP tall buildings in a single bound… This series kicks off with an early look at Superman’s days in Metropolis. Yes, we get the references to Smallville, so there is something that happened before, but there are some unique twists to this mythos. He’s not all powerful, though we do learn he is getting stronger every day. He has heat vision and X-ray vision, and his body can stop a bullet, be it from a gun or a tank. But at this point in the story, Superman does not fly. And for someone who had something to say about that a while ago, I like it.

MATTHEW: Don’t gloat, Stephen. Don’t be “That Guy.”

STEPHEN: Oh, I’ll be that guy… to the point that I even liked the Somebody Save Me! moment at the beginning of the issue, as the music swelled and we all heard the Smallville theme song loud and clear… wait. That was just me, wasn’t it?

MATTHEW: Couldn’t even begin to tell you, as I’ve never watched a full episode of that series (though I did do a breakdown of the greatest episodes a while ago.) I have to say, though, that the parallels to Smallville rather bothered me, especially given that Smallville is now off the air, from the perspective of corporate synergy and “modernizing” our characters. Morrison does deliver on his promise of a new, young, brash Superman learning the ropes of superheroics.

STEPHEN: There are some other nice twists that Morrison threw into this issue – namely that Clark Kent doesn’t work for The Daily Planet, but instead at a rival newspaper – something Lois Lane points out to Clark’s bestest friend for the last six months, Jimmy Olson. Of course there are some things that never change. General Sam Lane and Lex Luthor are against the “Superman” from the beginning and are working closely to try and capture the man with powers and abilities far beyond those of normal man.

MATTHEW: We also get a throwback to the first Action Comics #1, as Clark busts in on a notorious criminal and basically tortures/frightens him into confessing his various sins. It’s also cute to see Morrison work in all the bits of Superman ephemera, as he demonstrates in the issue that he IS faster than a speeding bullet, and able to leap the tallest buildings in a single bound. But that whole bit about “more powerful” than a locomotive doesn’t end so well for young Master Kent in this issue…

STEPHEN: We’ve seen the train stopping gimmick a hundred times before, and it has become quite a trope, but I like what Morrison is doing here. He’s essentially taken a lot of key moments that are engrained in the general public’s mind about who and what Superman is, dumped it in a pot, swirled it around, and added his own seasoning. If there is one thing that I don’t like is that the Luthor/military connection seems a bit forced, and the Glen Glenmorgan bit is the McGuffin that moves the story forward… or at least that is what we are lead to believe right now.

MATTHEW: I didn’t find the Luthor/Lane connection to be quite so problematic, as they’ve shown similar thought processes in the past (each has attempted to wipe the scourge of aliens off the planet) and each has a reason to be part of this story, given Lane’s offspring. I have to say that I also like the way Lex refers to ‘The Superman” as “It” throughout the issue, setting him apart as both arrogant and xenophobic, and setting up some pretty unpleasant violence near the end…

STEPHEN: Yeah, did you notice Superman said “GD?”.  When it comes to the fight scenes, there is a lot of brutality in the action, but there are also quieter moments when the art settles, and we can take in all the detail of the surroundings. Did you notice the W.E. graphitti on the wall? Is Rags Morales trying to tell us the inspiration for this art direction is Will Eisner? If so, he’s on the right track. I mean, the guy did kick First Wave off with a bang… too bad it didn’t continue that way, but…

MATTHEW: Rags has always been one of my fave-raves, going all the way back to his resurrection of Black Condor in the early 90’s, and he does really good work in terms of facial expression and human body language, delivering content MILES beyond many of the hot artists of the month. He can put more personality in one panel than certain folk can entire ISSUES. Still, I have to say that my biggest reservation comes in terms of what Clark wears into battle this issue…

STEPHEN: Since this is Superman’s first outing as a hero for the common man, I really don’t mind the street clothes acting as costume here. I half expect a number of entries to this year’s Major Spoilers Costume Contest to be a pair of work jeans, lineman shoes, and a red picnic blanket. One of the takes I like on Superman is he isn’t the smartest hero out there. He’s the strongest and he does have an above average intelligence, but he’s no Batman. This outfit may look “dumb” to many, and I’ve seen one person already call it the “Li’l Abner Look”, but it harkens back to his known roots as a farm boy from Kansas. I say that only because we don’t know yet if he is aware of his Kryptonian heritage. The only other person who could really pull off this look and make it work is Billy Batson, which is the vibe I got while reading this issue, even though Captain Marvel has an outfit that looks nothing like this.

MATTHEW: Y’know, I wouldn’t have a problem with it if it weren’t seemingly an extension of the whole “Midwesterners are barefoot drooling slack-jawed inbred grit-eating morons” prejudice that strangely still crops up in the 21st century. I haven’t seen a pair of boots like that since the mid-70’s, myself, and the recurring “L’il Abner” jokes aren’t without merit. Still, since this comic book is supposed to be set in the “past” of the new DCU, I can certainly allow them a certain amount of artistic license, and it’s at least an iconic image. Maybe it’s not up to the snuff of Joe Shuster’s early works, but it’s better than many of the alternatives.

STEPHEN: At this point, all i can say is, “Well played Mr. Morrison. Well played.” Those who have been reading this site long enough know that I have a hate/love/hate/hate relationship with Morrison’s take on the DC Universe (and Batman in particular), but I think my ire has settled down to the point where I will openly read what Morrison is serving up to see if it is to my liking. This time, I’m liking what I’m reading. Yes, this isn’t what came before. No, there’s no real tie to past continuity. AND THAT’S THE FREAKIN’ POINT! Superman got a big reboot during the Byrne run, and I think/hope were are seeing the same thing done here. I liked this issue a lot. Action Comics #1 earns an impressive 4.5 out of 5 Stars from me.

Rating: ★★★★½

MATTHEW: I am a little less enamored of this book than you, but even I can see the positives here. There’s a clear intent to modernize everything we love about Superman without clear-cutting everything, and I kind of like the return to Superman’s sarcastic roots (“Try another needle, doc!”) and the mistakes being made by young Clark Kent here. I’m not sure where the Luthor/Superman relationship stands vis a vis Smallville and such, but I can’t help but enjoy the fact that they’ve managed to reinsert a version of Superboy into the mythos in a way that’s fun and interesting. It’s not plowing a lot of new ground (unlike Clark’s boots and pants, which have clearly seen a field or two) but Action Comics #1 is good enough to keep my interest, and earns 3 out of 5 stars overall.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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  1. September 8, 2011 at 6:00 am — Reply

    …and I liked it.

  2. TaZ
    September 8, 2011 at 6:13 am — Reply

    I thought us Southerners were the ones portrayed as barefoot drooling slack-jawed inbred grit-eating morons (Grits….with bacon and butter….YUMMMM!).

    Anyway, ya’ll pretty much hit on all of the points I had with the issue. I still ain’t sold that this mule will plow but I’m willing to continue to give it a try.

    • Armaan
      September 8, 2011 at 8:16 am — Reply

      (Always wanted to try these grits. They sound tasty. Only all the breakfast places in india serve dosas and idlis and pongal)

  3. Jimmy
    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 am — Reply

    I seem to remember in an interview that Grant Morrison said he had never seen an episode of Smallville.
    Not sure if the opening is just a strange coincidence, or if he’s a dirty liar.

    • Armaan
      September 8, 2011 at 8:14 am — Reply

      “Somebody save me!”
      Isn’t that something ALL old school damsels(or dude..sels) in distress called out? I thought they were using that ironically, as in there’s a man here wanting to be saved FROM Superman. Didn’t think of Smallville till this review.

  4. MarkW
    September 8, 2011 at 8:37 am — Reply

    I’d have to agree with Stephen’s 4.5 stars for Action #1. Really impressive beginning. Can’t tell you how enjoyable is was to see a Superman who’s actually vulnerable. I didn’t like that costume at all from seeing the cover, but when reading the issue it didn’t bother me at all. For me Rags made it come across perfectly natural, the issue itself didn’t scream “Superman’s wearing jeans!?!?” like the cover does. And nice to see Morrison bring the Legion in so early, even if it was off-panel.

  5. ikdks
    September 8, 2011 at 9:00 am — Reply

    Is anybody bothered by the raw vigilantism of dangling a suspect off a rooftop? That seems more like a Batman move. I’m not as keyed into Superman as I am other DC characters but that seems like dirty pool for Superman.

    I like how the people of Metropolis came to his rescue during the tank scene. He may be suspicious to the law but the people love him. He appeals to the heart, but not the mind (yet).

    Is that landlady new?

    I also like how they establish Lex as not just a genius but a player right out of the gate, like the All-Star or Red Son Lex. He’s not some navel gazing college boy genius, but a guy who can apply the massive power of his mind on the real world. That’s important because you can’t beat Superman with raw power, you have to beat him before the battle begins. Lex was like a guy who did a three cushion bank shot and grabbed the rack before the eight ball even drops.

    • MarkW
      September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am — Reply

      Hanging people off a roof top, and the vigilante style in general , is very much true to Supe’s original 1930’s roots. Getting a confession by force was pretty much par for the course.

      He was very much willing to take the law into his own hands back then, and was pursued and shot at by the cops as a public menace. He also didn’t have a big problem with killing back then. We’ll see if Morrison goes that far, though you could argue the guy who Superman apparently threw headfirst into a wall near the beginning of the issue would probably have died.

      • ikdks
        September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am — Reply

        You got any issues that back that up? I believe you, I just want to read some of those early stories.

        I know that in the pre-Robin Detectives, Batman threw a guy off a roof and snapped another guy’s neck.

        • MarkW
          September 8, 2011 at 9:54 am — Reply

          Check out Superman Chronicles Volume 1, or the first dozen or so issues of Action Comics if they’re available from DC digital. The art is rough, even for the Golden Age, but they’re a lot of fun.

          For example, Action #1 gives you Superman leaping from building to building with a crooked lobbyist until he gives up intel on a crooked Senator and Superman gleefuly beating the crap out of a wife-beater. In Action #3, you get Clark trapping the mine owner of an unsafe mine (and a number of high society party goers who just happened to be at his house) underground in a cave in and leaving them to die until the owner admits the error of his ways. This is largely the Superman Morrison is drawing on for this arc of Action.

  6. Todd
    September 8, 2011 at 11:54 am — Reply

    One thing I don’t like about Morrison’s Batman, and which will keep me from picking up Action Comics, is that he doesn’t seem to appreciate the development of a character over time. With Batman, instead of playing off the dark, gritty Frank Miller take which most of the movies have followed, and the cerebral “world’s greatest detective” that Batman has become, Morrison instead wrote a long, drawn-out storyline primarily designed to re-introduce some long forgotten relic from a few silly 1950’s comics into modern continuity, and we got 20+ issues about “Zur En Arrh.”

    In Action, it sounds like, instead of writing a compelling story about Superman in his well-known suit, and with him functioning as the “big blue boy scout” or “super-powered policeman” that he’s become, Morrison is again trying and shoehorn stories and ideas from a bygone period in his history. Who cares if Superman beat up abusive husbands or leaped into the sky with a corrupt business man to scare him to death, in Superman #1? That was over 70 years ago, and that is not who Superman has become today. Superman can be interesting and relevant without redefining his history and ethics. I think Morrison is better equipped to write a Superman Elseworlds tale (What if Superman was still the type of character he began as, in 1938?) than the mainstream Superman title.

    • MarkW
      September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm — Reply

      Well, it is a complete reboot of Superman. It wouldn’t make sense to just continue along with what Superman has become today. Whether that should be done is a different question, but they can’t very well decide to do a complete reboot of Superman and then give us pretty much the same Superman.

      And it’s funny you mention the Frank Miller “dark and gritty Batman”. Miller’s version of Batman was largely a return to Batman’s very early roots, just as Morrison’s Superman appear’s to be.

      Besides, this book is set nearly 6 years in the past. The Superman we’re seeing in Action #1 is unlikely to be the Superman we see in the present day DCU in Perez’s book. They make it pretty clear in the issue that he’s growing in power fairly rapidly, so the low-powered 1930’s Superman will probably not last beyond Morrison’s first 6 issue arc.

      • superman1930
        September 24, 2011 at 3:41 am — Reply

        You are so right.Though if we really went back to Batman’s earliest adventures when he was first created we have a Batman who was killing the bad guys using a gun and even breaking a few necks in the process before the editor of Dc comics at that time finally had enough of the killings but it took a couple of years before that actually happened.That’s when he told the writers at that time that Batman does not kill.

        Funny thing is even after he made that statement Batman had one last go at killing some monsters.Men who were transformed into monsters were killed by a gun on a plane Batman was using.Those were some really crazy stories back then.I didn’t even realize that Batman was still snuffing out the bad guys when Robin came into the picture but after reading some old issues I was surprised at how much of it he did.

        Even saying how it was a fitting end for one such as them.Comic book history is really interesting.Especially the history of the most iconic ones around the world.

    • ikdks
      September 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm — Reply

      Zur En Arrh Rules!!!!!!!

  7. J. R. Scherer
    September 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm — Reply

    I really liked Morrison’s retelling/reimagining of the original classic Action Comics #1. I am definitely going to be picking up more of this ‘Year One’ style story and am also looking forward to the presumably set in current times Superman book. This fresh take on the character is just what the doctor ordered, I think. I also loved the consultant version of Luthor that I can only recall seeing previously in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

  8. Sean Cruz
    September 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm — Reply

    It’s a not all that of a fresh take on Superman as it is more of Dc Comics going back with the original Superman from the 1930’s who fought for the common man and the corrupt bankers,mobsters and making his own rules and laws as he saved lives.This is the Superman that his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created before Dc Comics turned him into a boy scout superhero who would not only follow the law and be a more law abiding hero but as Superman became even more popular and in the eyes of the public and of course have his own tv show Dc comics wanted Superman to be more of a role model for the young children out there.

    Now that sales have gone down Dc Comics decided to bring back the 1930’s version of Superman who started the whole thing of dangling bad guys by their ankles above the city or scares a bad guy hundreds of feet in the air and runs across an electrical wires until the man confesses into what he knows about an evil plot.on a You can read this version of Superman in the reprints of his old adventures that has the 1930’s Action comics adventures and more.The book is titled The Superman Chronicles Volume One.

  9. superman1930
    September 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    I find it kind of surprising that I appear to be the only one who actually noticed that this Superman is pretty much similar to his 1930’s counter-part and everyone else is oblivious to that fact.The fact that this Superman is not Grant Morrison fresh take on the character other then the little changes that he’s made in the story and the world.Taking out his parents is no different than the early Superman books or the 1978 Superman film.Added to the fact that he liked the more 1930’s Superman who never really followed the rules of being a superhero by breaking several laws along the way but I digress.

    I myself enjoyed Superman 1930’s adventures before Dc Comics changed him.I suppose it’s only right that they did bring back that Superman in our modern era.It’s come full circle now.First Superman was literally doing his own thing when he was created and some things that Batman would come to do later on our Man Of Steel was throwing down with the best of them.Laying the smackdown on the bad guys like nobody’s business and showed his tougher side.Then He landed in Dc Comics lap and they took away that edge and turned him into a less hands on superhero when it came to humans as they wanted a more realistic take on him.

    Being he was an alien and so they boosted his powers and he stopped focusing on the smaller fries and took on the more giant threats.Sales started to sink and Dc comics came out with that horrible last Superman story called “Grounded” and the last Action Comics was not really all daisy’s and roses either.Plus they had their legal issues which is coming at them full steam come 2013.So all that was left to do now was to start fresh and change Superman’s costume as the judge did award the Siegel’s the copyrights to Superman look.Which included the red trunks.Anyway Dc Comics decided to reboot every book at the beginning.All with an 1# issue.Only time will tell if it pays off in the end.

    • September 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm — Reply

      You gotta remember… this is a NEW take on the old classic, because if this were the same as the 1930s Superman, Warner Bros. would be losing the character to the Simon and Shuster estates in a few years. With this NEW Superman (a derivative work) they own everything.

      • superman1930
        September 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm — Reply

        We’ll have to wait and see once the Shuster’s get the other half of the copyright then after that happens, everything else is up for grabs.In other words There is no doubt that Warner Bros will have to ask permission from the two estates of the creators of Superman to use any old stories.Even if Warner Bros is allowed to continue making more Superman films there will be more of a tighter restriction of what they can do when the heirs will now own the full rights to Superman and history in 2013.
        It’s funny how Warner Bros only argument over losing the rights to making new Superman stuff or films is that the Siegel and Shuster lawyer is trying to screw them out of a deal that they had with the family.Even more ironic is that they are releasing the Man Of Steel movie the same year the Shusters will reclaim the other half of Superman copyright.

        • superman1930
          September 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm — Reply

          I mean the full rights of Superman and his history.The thing that I wonder is how Dc Comics will be able to hold on to Lois Lane come 2013 since she is part of the package of the judges order.She was in Action Comics #1 and the love triangle between her Clark Kent and Superman.I can’t wait to see what happens 2013.

    • September 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm — Reply

      I find it kind of surprising that I appear to be the only one who actually noticed that this Superman is pretty much similar to his 1930′s counter-part and everyone else is oblivious to that fact.

      Seeing as how I mentioned that explicitly in the review, I find it surprising as well. :)

      • superman1930
        September 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm — Reply

        I guess you missed the part where I actually corrected my previous statement about other people noticing that this is indeed the similar Superman from the 1930’s or you wouldn’t have responded by my first statement which was an error on my part.I even admitted my mistake.

        • September 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm — Reply

          I guess you missed the part where I actually corrected my previous statement about other people noticing that this is indeed the similar Superman from the 1930′s or you wouldn’t have responded by my first statement which was an error on my part.I even admitted my mistake.

          No, I was making a joke. I do that.

          • Jimmy
            September 9, 2011 at 9:48 am — Reply

            No you don’t

  10. LazorBeems
    September 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    Ready to have your mind blown? Go look at the panel in which the people on the train have subdued and tied up the bad guy. Look who’s sitting behind him. THE HOODED FIGURE FROM THE UNIVERSE CONVERGENCE SCENE IN FLASHPOINT #5!

    Your mind has been blown. Queue Inception tuba bwoooooms.

    • September 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm — Reply

      Yes. that would be true if I hadn’t already seen her in every new DC book released since Flashpoint #5 ;)

      • lapis2
        September 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm — Reply

        yeah shes in every book. you can even see her really badly drawn in hawk and dove.

        • September 9, 2011 at 4:18 am — Reply

          You mean like the rest of liefeld’s art? ;)

          /rimshot

          (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  11. superman1930
    September 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    my mistake on my previous comment.I’m not the only who realizes that this is the 1930’s Superman in terms of personality.I’m glad that other people here have seen the truth in Dc Comics trying to market this book as a new take on Superman when those of us who read his 1930’s adventures in reprint form knows otherwise.

  12. Andrew
    September 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    I have to say I was thrilled with every page of this. In my opinion Superman is one of the hardest characters to understand from a larger media point view.

    This is my first time reading a Superman comic (action comic what have you) and most of what I know comes from listening to major spoilers, watching movies, watching cartoons, and arguments from Mallrats (Like a shotgun, I tell ya).

    This introduction to the Superman was great for my point of view, he had character, he had flaws, he had a mission, and the comic moved. The pacing felt great, I felt like it wasn’t the old cliched superman pacing of “WHAT? Lois is in trouble?!” *Zip zoom bang world is fine now*

    It was great to see a Superman without all his abilities yet and that leaves a good amount of room for growth and fluidity in the coming months of comics.

    Every time I read a comment on one of this new 52 I see lots of people saying “NO I’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE” yet that was previously balanced by the same type of people screaming out “NO I LIKED IT THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE!” before the new 52 were being released. Maybe be excepting of the idea that DC wants to live in a world where most comic readers are stereotypical know it alls, let some other people enjoy the media as well.
    My overall rating from a non DC comic read point of view was 5 out 5 of stars.

    • superman1930
      September 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm — Reply

      Not a bad review but since you say that you are a non comic reader then you should understand that when an actual comic book reader say that they’ve seen this before and can actually back it up by facts then I don’t see the problem of them telling the truth.Like this Action Comics #1 here.It’s no doubt a great book but as many of those comic book readers stated in their comments about the book, this is indeed the same Superman from the 1930’s minus a few details and a small change in his history which indeed has been done before.

      That statement is a fact.You can’t blame the comic book readers for pointing out the obvious.It’s their hard earned money that has made Dc Comics into the giant billion dollar empire that it is today.You as a non comic book reader but well since I’m assuming you picked up this book and read it, all I have to say is welcome to the wonderful world of comics.

      Anyway I’m interested in seeing the more vigilante version of Superman from the 1930’s in our modern time when I do pick up this book.I love reading those old reprints of his earlier adventures before Dc Comics turned him into a boy scout.I’m even hoping to see Batman make an appearance in the books.Now they both aren’t so different after all.I mean they’ve both lost their parents but I’m not going to compare the two from that.

      Since it’s obvious that Bruce Wayne lost his parents from a violent robbery in a alley and Clark Kent most likely lost his when he was much much older and not from a violent incident.(I’m speaking of his earth parents.) I’d almost say this Superman and Batman both have a similar brand of justice in this new universe.Batman might be even more aggressive but Superman ain’t no slouch either when it comes to intimidating the bad guys now.It’s partly the reason I want to see them work the crime scene in one of these books.I say sign me up! Well you have a good one.Great stuff.

      • ~wyntermute~
        September 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm — Reply

        Sorry, I didn’t read the rest of your post (too long), but this bit DID catch my eye: “since you say that you are a non comic reader”… The “New 52” initiative is BLEEPING _designed_ to attract people like him. So while you ‘might have seen it all before’, YOU are not the target market for this relaunch. I wish more people would be able to grasp the fundamentals of modern marketing, and not be personally (I’m not saying you are, in this particular case) offended when they aren’t marketed at. We’re not all white males, aged 18-34 (or whatever demo is being targeted by whatever example you’d like to use). In this instance, it seems like the Action Comics Relaunch was successful. A non-comics reader picked up a comic book, liked it a LOT, and is sticking around for more. Huzzaaahh! ^_^

        • superman1930
          September 9, 2011 at 1:27 am — Reply

          I didn’t throw out my statement to insult anyone.It’s just me just creating a dialog and just adding my opinion on something’s that has already been done before but I never imagined that Dc comics would go back to giving the readers a more vigilante version of Superman.Which has never been around for since the 1930’s and maybe 1940’s at that.I have no doubt that the book will be a success.I’m just going to enjoy the book when I purchase it then wait for the paperback book after that.

          For me all I care about is the end game come 2013.That’s all that I care about.It’s the year where bigger changes will come.So for now I will sit back and just enjoy the ride.

      • September 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm — Reply

        Let’s take a moment and remember that no opinion is 100% objectively correct, and that all interpretations of this comic are just that: interpretations. No one’s take is more correct than any one else’s, and there’s no need to correct someone else’s reading of something simply because it disagrees with your own.

        Your mileage may vary, after all…

  13. Richard
    September 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    I, like Stephen, have an almost Urthlo-like* relationship with Grant Morrison’s writing. I came into this expecting to be disappointed, like I almost always am by his work… and it turned out to be pretty good. I’ll continue picking this book up, but at the first sign of standard Morrison weirdness, I’m gone.

    *That reference is for Matthew.

    • ~wyntermute~
      September 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm — Reply

      That makes 3 of us who’re non-Morrisonites… (Well, I kinda like the WWE’s John Morrison, but that’s another story..) I’m generally expecting little/none of this run of his to last long-term (like most of the other ‘revolutionary’ and ‘creative’ stuff he does that gets put aside by almost everybody else when he’s done with a character), but I’m intrigued by this: “I kind of like the return to Superman’s sarcastic roots (“Try another needle, doc!”)” . If we’re heading back to the “Superman is a D!CK!” days, I’m kinda curious (but only from a schadenfreude perspective) to see how far they’ll take it. Is he gonna prank Batman? Steal WW’s Pants (or non-pants, whichever)? Give Robin (when he shows up) a swirlie or put him in a Bat-Locker? If they wanna make him an immature super-fratboy, then go full-bore, or don’t let’s start down this road at all…

  14. steviecool
    September 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm — Reply

    Action doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea. I guess I like my Superman vanilla.

  15. September 9, 2011 at 4:24 am — Reply

    This was my biggest surprise, and how much i enjoyed it. I like a good deal of what he writes, but sometimes can be a bit over the top. It fits with superman i feel, and it was good and surprising to see him not be so white bread.

    I was also impressed that Luthor was kind of a D-bag. To put it mildly. ;) Different feeling from him, not the one from the past, but more a smug know it all (at least he thinks he does) with a bit of racist hinting.

    Really looking forward to see where this goes.

  16. Russ Catt
    September 9, 2011 at 9:10 am — Reply

    I think this was a really good first issue.
    In general, I feel a lot of the DC number one’s have suffered from writing-for-the-trade-itis, but this issue gave me a solid single issue plot that I really enjoyed.

    My favorite part of the issue was Jimmy’s comment about his cell phone feeling like his own personal stalker and it making the “zee-zee-zee” sound of his old signalling watch. I appreciate that tongue in cheek humor.

    I originally planned on picking up just this issue, but now I think I am sold for the initial arc.

  17. holycowbatman
    September 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    Absolutely loved this issue!

    I have to say though, that I am shocked that Matthew never even mentioned the little reference and set up for the Legion of Superheroes.
    Did you just miss it, or what?

    • September 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm — Reply

      Did you just miss it, or what?

      Musta missed it…

  18. holycowbatman
    September 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm — Reply

    It’s when the landlady tells Clark that his 3 friends dropped by, looked like actors… One of them is a girl with blond hair.
    Get it now?

    • September 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm — Reply

      It’s when the landlady tells Clark that his 3 friends dropped by, looked like actors… One of them is a girl with blond hair. Get it now?

      I thought that was a reference to Pete Ross, Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan… :)

      • holycowbatman
        September 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm — Reply

        Hmm… Well, Morrison has already said that he has some big epic story involving the Legion all set out in his run on this… So I just took it as set up for the Legionnaires.

        Either way, I can’t wait for more of this. I do tend to love Morrison though.

      • holycowbatman
        September 10, 2011 at 6:59 am — Reply

        After re-reading, I have found that the landlady definitely says that it’s two boys and a blonde girl… So, unless Lana is a boy in the New DCU (which is entirely possible), I’d think that it refers to Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl and that other dude.. Cosmic Boy, is it?

  19. brenton8090
    September 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    I have a new job. I’m moving. And soon, I will not have enough “fun money” to continue buying monthly comics. So with a wad of birthday cash, I prepaid for all 52 of these books at my local comics store (Vintage Phoenix, Bloomington IN. $100 for all 52, plus a free Action Comics variant!) So I plan to comment on each of these reviews.

    I loved this issue. It’s a much more satisfying start to the new DC than JL. I liked JL, but this had more in it. Love the tie-backs to the early 30’s stuff, and I’m interpreting his sarcastic brash personality to a combination of classic supes and youthful enthusiasm. I’m wondering what the differences in character will be when we see Superman #1 hit.

    That’s my bit. See you over at Detective #1.

  20. superman1930
    September 11, 2011 at 1:44 am — Reply

    I read the book and it was fantastic.I’m glad to know that I was correct when I made the statement that Dc comics was giving us back what was so great about Superman.Which is who he once was from the 1930’s but with a modern take in the 21st century.They even reference scenes from the original 1930’s Action Comics 1# comic book story which was written by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and drawn by Joe Shuster.It was really nice and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did until I picked up the book then read it.
    My only comment would be that the scene with the guy who went head first into the wall and the crator that was made from the impact was kind of interesting to me.I’m going to assume that the wall was made of not concrete but some type of plaster that was not hard enough to kill a man who went head first into it but just enough to knock him unconscious.Everything else was absolutely wonderful.

  21. superman1930
    September 11, 2011 at 1:46 am — Reply

    I mean crater not crator.that was a spelling error on my part.I should have done a quick spell check.

    • Damascus
      September 20, 2011 at 12:47 am — Reply

      Although Crater Kid could be in the Legion.

      • superman1930
        September 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm — Reply

        I have no idea what you’re talking about.I made a comment about my grammer mistake and you’re making jokes.You’ll have to excuse me for not laughing.

        • September 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm — Reply

          I have no idea what you’re talking about.I made a comment about my grammer mistake and you’re making jokes.You’ll have to excuse me for not laughing.

          He’s making a joke about the previous posts in the thread sir… I recommend that one always read the comments section with a grain of salt and a liberal application of ‘sense of humor.’

          It will enhance the experience greatly.

          • superman1930
            September 24, 2011 at 3:49 am — Reply

            I kind of picked that up after he explained it to me the first time.As a writer and a comic book artist myself it’s not that hard to understand what he meant.I just wanted to hear him say it in his own words, which he did in a clear and percise manner.

            I do have a sense of humor and once someone do explain to me what they meant the first time I usually can get it without any assistance but thanks.

            • September 24, 2011 at 7:30 am — Reply

              I do have a sense of humor and once someone do explain to me what they meant the first time I usually can get it without any assistance but thanks.

              Here we have only our words, and as one of the moderators, it is part of my job to resolve what seemed to be an incipient conflict.

        • Damascus
          September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm — Reply

          Yeah, sorry, it was more of a stream of consciousness kind of thing instead of a directed comment. What with the mention of the Legion above, it hit me when you said Crater that it would be a viable name for a Legion member. Obviously not funny, but it wasn’t really meant to be. Oh well. Not quite like Meteor-Attractor Lad.

          • superman1930
            September 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm — Reply

            Thanks for clearing that up and I do get what you mean.The name does sound kind of cool and as a comic book creator myself with my own creations, I do think that it would be great or even easy to envision a superhero by that name being on the Legion team.Just so you know I wasn’t angry or anything just a little confused but I’m happy that you explained what you meant and I couldn’t agree with you more.Well I’ve got my own comic book projects to work on.Later.

  22. superman1930
    September 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    Here’s the thing there was no conflict between me and Damascus.He made a statement which I did not understand then when I finally was able to respond to his message after getting my new ac adapter for my laptop he cleared things up with me about what he meant.There was no conflict between us other than a little misunderstanding.

    I explained the part where I’m a writer and a comic book creator with my own online website with my comics and I’m also working on something to submit to Darkhorse comics.So I did understand what Damascus meant by his comment after he explained it.If there was an actual conflict between us harsh words would be flying but that didn’t happen.I just didn’t get the chance to respond sooner because you felt that there was a conflict so you through in your two cents to me before I had a chance to tell him that I understood what he meant and that it was cool.

    You do realize that two people who are having a civil conversation can solve their own issues if there is one between them right? You have to give them that chance to resolve it before even stepping in.When you jump in the middle before the other person gets to say that they understood what the other person meant it kind of makes the situation almost pointless.He made a comic book refrence and I got that.

    I get it.You’re a moderator but even a moderator should know when there is a real confict or not.It’s not rocket science stuff.Now I’m going to tell him that I get what he meant.That is me resolving this misunderstanding between him and me.I don’t need anyone playing parent and trying to solve my problems here before I get the chance to do it myself.

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