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Action Comics #5 - Rocket Song; Baby Steps

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Funny how normally we'd be bored with another retelling of Superman's origin but when you put it in the hands of Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert, it's a whole new game.

Superman's battle to save Lois and Metropolis is interrupted by another retelling of his origin. But because Morrison has kept on on the edge of our seat with what's new and what's different, you'll be eating every bit up.

The Good

Even though I have really been enjoying Morrison's ACTION COMICS I was really surprised at how excited I was reading yet another version of Superman's origin. From the opening pages showing Krypton's imminent destruction and the desperation of Jor-El and Lara, the excitement is present. Plus the fact that Andy Kubert's pencils are involved, it all looks so dang good.

There's a lot to see and take in here. With all the different versions of the origin in the past, you'll find yourself slowly taking in all the details to see what Morrison feels is crucial to the story. In other words, we see what he feels matters to Superman's mythos. There's the Phantom Zone, Krypto, the ship even that famous line, "My place is at your side, Jor-El." Almost a year ago I brought up the question of why they had a ship with only room for one. That and more are answered here. We see the Kents as well but the way the story ends makes things even more interesting. It's safe to say that this isn't just a simple origin story. It's not one to pass by. There is stuff happening here that needs to be seen if you're reading the series.

It's interesting to have another artist on only the fifth issue but because it's Andy Kubert, who can complain? There is also a really nice back up with the Kents by Sholly Fisch and ChrisCross. More back ups and less 'commentary' makes the $3.99 price tag not a problem.

The Bad

While it's a great story. We're finally seeing how Superman's origin might be different in the 'New 52.' It's just a little weird that we had a major battle and the fate of so many are left hanging while we take this little detour to relive Superman's origin. It's a great retelling with great art and a nice ending but it does interrupt the flow a little. There is a reason for it all but

The Verdict

This is Grant Morrison telling Superman's origin. I would be surprised if there was anyone not interested in seeing what Grant has to say about this story. ACTION COMICS has been leading the pack in the 'New 52.' We may have seen Superman's origin many times but we've never seen Morrison and Andy Kubert tell it. Seeing what he feels is important and where he takes the story is worth the price of admission. Getting an extra back up story by Sholly Fisch and ChrisCross makes it that much sweeter.

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Edited By tonis

damn, I hate waiting to get my hands on this one. AC is my favorite 52.

love those covers too :)

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Wow at this point theres not much point actually reviewing this book, we all know each issue is 5 stars

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Edited By gmanfromheck

@BlackArmor: I gave #3 four stars and I didn't review #4 but probably would've given that a four as well.

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@G-Man: Oh I missed those. I think it's still a 5 star series as a whole so far though

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Can't wait to get my hands on this one! That variant tells me that Krypto will be back someday... Here's to hoping Kal can rescue him from the Phantom Zone

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Nice!

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Edited By gmanfromheck

@BlackArmor: Definitely. It's great to see Superman, a character people often seem bored with, have a great series by top talent.

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Just read it!! and this one is definitely goin down in the history books as one of the best issues in comic history well atleast accordin to me but u guys will not dissagree, oh man,this is the origin to top em all n the back up story is amazing n theres a lil suprise that ties into AC #2 im sure everyone will catch it(no wonder clark laughed) Grant morrison outdid himself in this issue and the art is just awesome...this is definitely the next million dollar issue of AC!! Cant wait for more!!!!

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I can't wait to see how Grant Morrison writes this issue and see what he keeps in the origins of Superman and what he changes. It should be a fun issue to read.

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Awesome.

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I was glad to see some foreshadowing for future plots in this issue instead of just a straight forward retelling of Superman's origins. Not my favorite issue of Action, but still well worth my money.

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@UltimateSMfan: lol the art is awesome because rags morales isn't drawing it. XD

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am i the only person who thinks this book is boring? 5 stars!? i'm going to stick with it because morrison will do something crazy good soon.

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@Or35ti said:

Can't wait to get my hands on this one! That variant tells me that Krypto will be back someday... Here's to hoping Kal can rescue him from the Phantom Zone

And I like that explanation so much better than the old one! I definitely prefer that Krypto was lost in the Phantom Zone than that he just showed up in another space ship.
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another great issue this week.

so far i love the "reboot" of superman. can't wait for next month :)

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@Mattlutn: True that! :)

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@Kal'smahboi said:

@Or35ti said:

Can't wait to get my hands on this one! That variant tells me that Krypto will be back someday... Here's to hoping Kal can rescue him from the Phantom Zone

And I like that explanation so much better than the old one! I definitely prefer that Krypto was lost in the Phantom Zone than that he just showed up in another space ship.

I thought he partially escaped the Phantom Zone like he was inbetween but ya Ialso prefer this way.

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I would have loved to see the back up story about the Kents trying to have a baby mixed into the first story about Clark landing on Earth. Maybe start it with Jor El and Lara sending Kal to Earth, then cut to the Kents on Earth trying to have a baby for so long, then cut back to Kal El arriving on Earth and finish the rest of the comic with John and Martha getting Clark out secretly like they did. I liked both, getting to see how they got Clark out, and getting to see what type of people they were, but its sort of seems out of order this way. Still great comic.

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The delay is probably just to give Rags Morales time to catch up but Morrison really does not just make filler so I guess something here will be relevant down the line. I am also excited to see his take on the Legion even the fact that they have collars and capes like Superman is a funny detail.

It also felt like the narrator was the rocketship a good unique twist.

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The backup was the best part imo.