Action Comics #2 Review – The New 52November 7, 2011
Issue #2 deals with Superman being experimented on by Lex Luthor and the military after his capture last month.
Action Comics #2
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Rags Morales
Even though I didn’t mention it in the first roundup of DC’s The New 52 books, I was pleasantly surprised with Action Comics. I love the idea of this younger, brash, even arrogant Superman. You can tell that he wants to use his power to help people and clean up crime, but he doesn’t quite know the best way to go about it just yet. This is basically Superman 1.0, and he’s rough around the edges, which makes this book very interesting. Issue #2 deals with Superman being experimented on by Lex Luthor and the military after his capture last month. While there is a little more fleshing out of Superman in this issue, what I really enjoyed was how Luthor is portrayed here. Once again a scientist instead of a high-powered business man, Lex comes across as a man who’s very intelligent and good at his job, but is regarded without a shred of respect. He’s the type of man that people may smile at when he’s looking at them, but that smile will turn into a scowl when his back is turned. He clearly has contempt for Superman and anything that seems alien or metahuman, which will surely lead to some interesting events as the New 52 moves forward. The book has some threads in it that are tantalizing in their implications. Hints of Metallo and Braniac, as well as Superman’s Kryptonian origin, feel fresh and new. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
As far as Rags Morales goes, he’s a very hit or miss kind of artist for me. Some of his panels are just amazing, but other times I’m just not a fan. Superman in particular seems to swing from baby-faced hero to rugged, working-man hero, depending on the page. Morales pulls off the youthful swagger that Superman is written with pretty well, though. I don’t dislike his art, but it will take some time for him to grow on me, I think.