Happy 75th anniversary, Superman

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the date “Action Comics” #1 (cover-dated June 1938) went on sale on newsstands. “Action” #1 is, of course, the first appearance of the Man of Steel himself, Superman. As such, there’s been plenty of online buzz about Superman today. “Action” #1 also marks Lois Lane’s first appearance, and thus … Read moreHappy 75th anniversary, Superman

Comic review: Action Comics #9

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Action Comics #9 Written by: Grant Morrison (main story); Sholly Fisch (backup story) Art by: Gene Ha (main story); Cully Hamner (backup story) This month’s issue is a single-issue story about the Superman of Earth-23 (or “Earth 23” with no hyphen, going by DC’s current odd decision to not use such in their parallel Earth-spelling … Read moreComic review: Action Comics #9

Comic review: Action Comics #8

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Action Comics #8 Written by: Grant Morrison Art by: Rags Morales The Brainiac storyline wraps up in this issue, with Superman’s final confrontation with the “Collector of Worlds” (as he’s called here, though does gain his real name). (SPOILERS ahead) For those wondering, no, Lois doesn’t get to do much more in this issue than … Read moreComic review: Action Comics #8

Comic review: Action Comics #7

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Action Comics #7 Written by: Grant Morrison (main story); Sholly Fisch (backup) Art by: Rags Morales (main story); Brad Walker (backup) This issue sees a much-welcomed development. Of course, I’m talking about Superman finally disposing of his stupid-looking “Lil’ Abner” costume and getting the “real” one (“real” in quotes, as the DCNU version isn’t the … Read moreComic review: Action Comics #7

Comic review: Action Comics #6

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Action Comics #6 Written by: Grant Morrison (main story), Sholly Fisch (backup) Art by: Andy Kubert (main story), Chriscross (backup) This issue’s main story is, well, somewhat confusing. The “Anti-Superman Army” (Morrison’s update on the old Superman Revenge Squad/Anti-Superman Gang of Silver Age comics), with the help of some fellow evil genius, have somehow gotten … Read moreComic review: Action Comics #6

Comic review: Action Comics #4

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Action Comics #4 Written by: Grant Morrison (main story), Sholly Fisch (backup) Art by: Rags Morales (main story), Brad Walker (backup) Superman fights both the guy-not-yet-named-Metallo and the invading alien robots (the “Terminauts,” presumably under the control of Brainiac). Despite the Man of Steel’s best efforts (and seeing his Lil’ Abner costume torn to shreds; … Read moreComic review: Action Comics #4

Comic reviews: Superman #2, Action Comics #3

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Superman #2 Written by: George Perez Art by: Jesus Merino The second issue of this reboot was another enjoyable entry… and yes, a wordy one by modern comics’ standards. I’ve seen criticism online about how “wordy” Perez’s “Superman” is. Either literacy’s sunk to such an abysmal state that even a *comic book* is seen as … Read moreComic reviews: Superman #2, Action Comics #3

Comic review: Action Comics #2

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Action Comics #2 Written by: Grant Morrison Art by: Rags Morales While I still hate Superman’s “Lil’ Abner” “uniform,” I did enjoy the story otherwise. (Starting with that it manages to be a reasonably stand-alone story, not just a cliffhanger written “for the trade”.) Here, Superman’s been captured by the US military, with Lex Luthor … Read moreComic review: Action Comics #2