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Ghost Hound 0

It’s getting close to Halloween so Grant Morrison decided to tell us a ghost story. He’s spent the last few issues of his run on Action Comics giving us origins for the villains in the Anti-Superman Army from issues #5 and 6. With this issue he tells the tale of a Superman nemesis linked to the Phantom Zone which keeps the worst Kryptonian criminals trapped in a wraith-like state. The Phantom Zone is, of course, a recurring concept in the mythology of Superman and it was great to see some of its...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Attack of the Clones 0

With Superboy’s issue #0 we finally get the skinny on the Kryptonian Clone War that Supergirl alluded to in Superboy #6. This isn’t the first clone war in Kryptonian history. John Byrne’s World of Krypton also contained a conflict over cloning that lasted centuries and set back Kryptonian civilization. I assume that this is an updated version of that premise which would mean that Byrne’s dark Krypton is being somewhat integrated in with Grant Morrison’s Silver Age inspired version. It’ll be inte...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Human Interest Piece 3

This may not have been the most exciting issue of Action Comics published since Grant Morrison took over the book, but it’s well-crafted and has a sentimental charm all its own. By the second page, George Taylor tells you the key to reading this plot: “The story never comes before the people in the story.” True to these words, Morrison uses his issue #0 to flesh out the unique personalities in this version of Metropolis. I’m continually impressed by this New 52 version of Clark Kent. I was perpe...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Puzzle Through Poems 1

I'm going to be honest, I didn't read all of Holmes Inc. #3. I focused on the works done by Kevin Gorospe who's a good friend to many of us on Comic Vine. His first piece is titled "Full Time Voyeur" and it shows off the fact that Gorospe is a very clever writer. The use of cryptic poems was a great plot device and it was clear to see how they connected to the story and to the deadly sins. I enjoyed being on the trail of this mystery with Trey and thinking through the puzzle. It was also cool to...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Daemonite Daze 0

Superman Annual #1 officially kicks off the Scott Lobdell era of Superman comics, and it doesn’t start small. Lobdell provided the plot for this one while his long-time partner in crime, Fabian Nicieza, took scripting duties. To begin with, I enjoyed the fact that this issue was an action-packed, sci-fi romp. It was fun to see Superman battle against Helspont and his Daemonite legions, and struggle in the process. Lobdell also fleshed out the backstory for this New 52 version of Helspont. He gav...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Bronze Age Method 0

This book is becoming one of the most uneven titles in the New 52 for me. Some issues of Superboy I’ve liked a lot but some have just fallen flat. Unfortunately, since Tom DeFalco took over there have been more dead spots. To start off, I like that they’ve continued developing Kon’s moral ambivalence. Last issue he robbed a bank and in this one he’s drinking underage and partying with vapid celebrities (including a Paris Hilton analogue). This puts him in sharp contrast to Superman and shows you...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Silver Age Supreme 0

In the early issues of this volume of Action Comics, we witnessed Grant Morrison doing his take on Superman’s Golden Age adventures. With these last two issues, Grant’s showing his love of the Silver Age Superman just as he did with All-Star Superman. This story also reminded me of Alan Moore’s Supreme with the reworked Silver Age villains, and that’s not a bad thing. This issue will no doubt frustrate many readers who simply hate thinking because it involves (GASP!) time travel, but if you’ve b...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Socialist Superman in the World of Greed 0

I love this book. Issue #3 was my favorite yet. Clark’s rivalry with Glen Glenmorgan is at the heart of this series, and you have to understand it to appreciate it. In my opinion, the worst trait humanity carries from generation to generation is greed. It’s at the heart of the greatest injustices on the face of this planet. In the Congo, rebel factions tear each other to pieces over conflict minerals that power our favorite electronics while the people live in extreme fear and poverty. One of th...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Justice Blockbuster 0

Yes, I do tease Geoff Johns a bit, and, yes, I do think his work suffers from his overexposure, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this issue. In fact, this issue balances the characters it’s working with perfectly while setting up a plot where we’re beginning to see things fit into place. In the first issue, I criticized Johns for only focusing on two characters, Batman and Green Lantern. In this issue he’s juggling four Justice Leaguers and he’s doing it while both establishing and main...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Superman Breaks Loose 5

We’re now two issues into what is, hands down, my favorite series of the DCnU and I’m still just as enthusiastic as I was last month. The thing I like best about Morrison’s new take on Superman is how the Man of Steel is almost always in motion. One of my major criticisms of Straczynski’s take on Superman was that he was talking (and mostly lecturing) rather than doing. This Action Comics’ Superman always seems to be doing something and its usually iconic feats of strength. It lends to impressiv...

9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

The Idealist Superman 3

I’ve always liked George Perez more for his art than for his writing and this made me skeptical of his appointment as Superman scribe. I’ve got to say, though, that I was pleasantly surprised with the effort he put forth in this first issue. I like the meta-plot element he put in with the old Daily planet being torn down in favor of a new facility and business structure. The speech at the beginning was talking about the new Planet replacing the old but could easily have been taken as a speech ab...

6 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Surreal Mythology 11

I’m going to be completely honest with you: I wasn’t expecting to pick this book up. I’m waiting on some reprints of books I really DID want to pick up this month, though, and decided to get it because I need to read something. And I REALLY liked this book. In my opinion, the best Wonder Woman writers (guys like George Perez and Greg Rucka) are the ones who take her connection to Greek mythology and just run with it. That’s exactly what Brian Azzarello is doing here. He seems to be constructing ...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Kara Crashes 7

Supergirl is important to me. Not only was she created under the direction of my boy, Mort Weisinger, but reading a reprint of her first appearance as a kid was my introduction to Silver Age Superman stories. I was thrilled when they brought Kara back to continuity in the Superman/Batman: Apocalypse storyline. So I may be too close to this character when I say that the first issue of her new series was a bit of a letdown. The issue was a reintroduction to her character. We watch her crash land o...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Post-War Superman Takes on Luthor 0

To change things up a bit, I decided to review an older issue of Superman since I’ve been so wound up in reviewing the new 52 lately. This is the oldest issue of Superman I’ve ever held in my hands with the publication date of Jan./Feb. 1952. It’s definitely one of those awkward post-war Superman issues where he’s put the struggles of WWII behind him but he hasn’t reached the fantastic mythology that the Silver Age would give him. The stories in the early 50’s dealt with more domestic issues and...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Where Mind and Body are One... 0

This was the second book released for the Superman family of titles and it was alright. To begin with, I like the idea that this Superboy experiences the mind/body connection in a different way than anybody else. It makes sense that he would considering his telekinetic abilities, and it seems to be a focus of Scott Lobdell’s characterization of Superboy. I think Lobdell needs to expand a bit more on exactly what this is like. We are told that Superboy’s “thoughts are not confined” to his brain b...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A New Golden Age 10

I’ve waited a long time for this issue. I’ve engaged in a lot of smack talk leading up to it. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #1 actually turned out. This is the Golden Age version of Superman perfectly updated for our modern world. Superman is acting as a social crusader for an economy in recession just as the first version of Superman did for the 1930’s depression. He really shows himself to be the “Champion of the Oppressed” once again in one memorable scen...

14 out of 14 found this review helpful.

Reviewing The Justice League... a little sauced 0

So, I was going to make some snarky comment about Geoff Johns writing Brave and the Bold stories, but someone beat me to it and then some ( Seriously, though, I get that Batman’s hands down the most popular DC character but that doesn’t mean you have to lead with him every single time you set down to write a script. We already had the Batman/Flash team-up in Flashpoint, so do we really need the Batman/Gre...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This isn't Even the Virtual End 3

People are going to complain, people are going to jeer, but I liked this issue. It really encapsulates one of the things that I like best about Grant’s writing: He doesn’t spoon feed things to you. This issue contains so many moments that unless you’re reading carefully AND thinking about what you’re reading then you’ll miss a lot. For those who don’t believe me, go back to the issue and look for the answers to these two questions: 1) How does Oracle deduce who the villain is? 2) Exactly why do ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Holy Martyrs, Animal Man! 0

This is my third installment of the Grant Morrison reviews celebrating the fact that he’s finally been given Superman. This issue of Animal Man really blew me away the first time I read it. In the piece, Animal Man meets an anthropomorphic coyote man who cannot be killed by the name of Crafty. Crafty hands Animal Man his “Gospel” which tells the story of his struggle. Crafty comes from a world that’s very much like the Looney Tunes cartoon universe. All day long, cartoon creatures are locked in ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

...And Art was Her Salvation 2

I hereby continue the reviews of my favorite Grant Morrison issues in anticipation of Action Comics #1. Last week, I reviewed Doom Patrol #62, “Planet Love.” Tonight, I thought why not cover the Doom Patrol finale while the last review is still fresh in my mind. “The Empire of Chairs” is the swan song of Grant’s run on Doom Patrol and it’s possibly the most beautiful single issue written by the man (possibly). We meet up again with Crazy Jane who had been sent to “Hell” by the Candlemaker a few...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

We're DEFINITELY Not in Kansas Anymore 0

This was the second chapter in what covers Superman’s life in the Flashpoint universe, and I sort of enjoyed it. I just recently reread a Silver Age story covering Superman’s infancy, “Superboy’s First Foster-Parents” from Superboy #133, and it was interesting to see how that childhood sharply contrasted with the grim one presented in Project Superman. Where the Silver Age childhood is very light and happy, Kal’s young life in Flashpoint is filled with loneliness and torture. You really feel f...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Superheroes in the Abstract Heaven 8

Gearing up for the Action Comics reboot of Superman in September, I’ve decided to review some of my favorite Grant Morrison stories this month to remind people just who’s getting put in charge of Big Blue. “Planet Love” is one of the most transcendent single issues ever to be published in the superhero genre. It starts with a world-wide catastrophe that’s been building up throughout Morrison’s run on the series. The deceased Niles Caulder has released his nanomachines across the globe to remake...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Did Elliot S! Maggin Just Talk Some Sense into Grounded Superman? 2

I have not been silent concerning my dissatisfaction with the "Grounded" storyline, and this issue was one of the worst yet. I actually started to enjoy the series a bit more since Chris Roberson took scripting over from Straczynski (and brought a lot of superhero cameos with him), but the story has lost a bit of continuity. The last Grounded chapter seemed to end on a positive note in Superman #711. Supes seemed proud that he was able to solve the Livewire problem by turning her to the forces o...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Pagan Holiday! 0

In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to do a little review of a Superboy Christmas Story I read not too long ago. In this Pre-Crisis Superboy tale by writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Kurt Schaffenberger, the teen of steel attempts to cheer up a sullen friend on Christmas Eve. Bash Bashford, the Flash Thompson look alike from Bronze Age Superboy stories, is a bit down since his parents went out of town for the holidays. He begins to snap at the Kent's Christmas Eve celebration and rants to S...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Back on Top- So Soon? 0

The opening to “Big Time” was the first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man I’ve read in a while, and it showed me how much has changed since I dropped the book. The last ASM issue I’d purchased before my hiatus was #564 when the book was being published three times a month and we were still at the very beginning of Brand New Day. I dropped the book mostly due to economic concerns, but I’ll admit that Brand New Day hadn’t been thrilling me. I had been one of those fans who believed that Spider-Man n...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Lois Gets Grounded 0

If you've read DC for as long as I have, you come to understand these fill-in issues are an inevitable evil. Far too many "top shelf" creators fall behind on their deadlines and DC relies too much on Batman and Superman to go a month without publishing their titles, so sometimes you have to deal with fill-in issues by "lesser" creators breaking up your story arcs. Superman #704 is one of those issues, and it could've been worse. First off, I like how this issue at least attempts to fit in with J...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Close but Still No Cigar 2

Honestly, I've hated JMS' run on Superman thus far. I get what he's going for. He's trying to use Superman as a vehicle for philosophical discussions on personal responsibility. All I've seen thus far, however, are a bunch of straw man arguments set up against whatever message JMS wants to get across. The result is a smug set of lectures promoting the specific beliefs of one man: JMS. Without any intelligent or reasonable counter-argument to JMS' philosophies, we have an uneven argument and an i...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Teenage Letters to Dead People 0

 Issue #43 of Supergirl is, at its core, a transition issue. Writer Sterling Gates needed it to bring Supergirl's Planet of New Krypton stories to a conclusion while also setting up his next batch of Supergirl stories for the Codename: Patriot crossover. It's also a story set to transition Supergirl from life on Earth to life on New Krypton. The format Gates chose to perform these transitions was a letter that Supergirl wrote to her recently murdered father, Zor-El. There's nothing new about usi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.