ACTION COMICS #12
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Artist : Rick Bryant
Size: 20 pages
Grant Morrison has done some fun and interesting things with Superman in his thus-far 12-issue run on Action Comics.
Issue 12, though not particularly fun, was certainly…interesting. And not in a good way.
My biggest problem with the writing in this particular issue is a reflection of the problem many fans notice with Superman: when there’s trouble, it’s just too easy for him to get out of.
The danger Superman faces in issue 12 is serious enough to be completely compelling; the resolution of the danger almost reads like every parody of Superman you’ve ever read.
I was really disappointed with Morales’ art, too. In general, I think he draws a terrific Clark. But his Superman often looks to me like a teenager rather than a man (even a young one). And while I enjoyed Morales’ art early on in this run (I loved the portrayal of early Superman as a jeans-and-t-shirt superhero), Morales really seems to struggle drawing the new Kryptonian armor/uniform Morrison has created for Superman.
And worse, at several points during the issue, Superman’s body appears completely out of proportion. Another major DC character appears towards the end of the issue, and he also looks out of proportion.
Given Morrison’s talent and some of the flair he’s shown to date on this run, issue 12 is a real disappointment.
Art: 2 - Average