Review by: TheNextChampion

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Written by Grant Morrison
Pencilled by Rags Morales
Inked by Rick Bryant
Lettered by DC Lettering
Colored by Brad Anderson
Cover by Rags Morales & Brad Anderson

Size: 40 pages
Price: 3.99

Alright I gotta be honest with you guys: I’ve been struggling to keep interest with this series. Even with issue #7 being the best since the first issue, it’s been a chore to read this. It’s not that we’re getting of the confusing Grant Morrison because that never bothers me. We’re getting something much worse than the ‘Confusing’ Grant Morrison….The ‘Boring’ Grant Morrison!

I feel no fun or interest in Morrison’s writing as I read this issue. Even when his work hurts my head I feel as if he is enjoying what he’s writing. Here though he is going through the moments with nothing really groundbreaking or fascinating to read. I don’t care for this take on Superman, his Luthor is standard stuff, and everyone else just reads like idiots. I mean at no point did Superman really give the people hope that he would save them. Yet here he is getting a key to the city and everyone loves him now. I get it we need to be at a point where everyone is getting used to heroes, but considering the ‘present’ in Justice League doesn’t show that I wonder if Morrison is even on the ball with the rest of this relaunch. That and the reveal that Superman is going to continue to use Brainiac’s ship as his home base was already spoiled in issues #5 and 6. Also, it doesn’t help that the word balloons for Brainiac and John Corben are colored the same. So trying to figure out how to differentiate between the two was very challenging.

Here’s another thing that makes me hate this series and that’s the art. I know Rags Morales is better than this but stupidly he can’t do this series monthly. So when he DOES do an issue he either: A) Can’t finish the issue or B) is rushed as hell to finish what he can work on. There are so many inconsistencies with faces, anatomy, and layouts that I could not follow at times what was happening on the pages. Which is a big problem for this issue when it’s supposed to be a big, climatic battle to end the arc. This new design of Brainiac doesn’t do anything for me either since it’s just a big ass robot with three brains. Considering how creepy he was depicted in the shadows of earlier issues this should have been a better reveal. Also, we get another artist to finish this issue and man it’s horrifying to look at. Everyone has these weird smiles on their faces (The Smilier seems to be the Mayor of Metropolis) and it has a painted style that just does nothing for me. Considering how jarring the transition is from Morales it doesn’t make this finale any better. It’s sad really; even if the writing is inconsistent the art should be able to keep this series afloat. But it’s probably even worse than the writing.

You know is also sad? Action Comics should be THE title for DC Comics. I know people think Justice League should be the flagship title, but considering the legacy and cultural signification of Superman it’s clear to me Action Comics should be the flagship. You’d think a comic by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales would be what this series needed to make it seem like an important title. But don’t let the names fool you, as they did with me for eight issues. This series is just not fun; it’s boring and really annoying that A-level talent can’t make this series enjoyable to read with a blank canvas to work on. With Morrison giving us some of his worst mainstream work and Morales barely keeping up with a monthly schedule I think I have no choice but to drop this series for now. Considering where I was eight months ago you would’ve shocked me I would be typing that out in the present day.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 2 - Average


  1. Man, I totally agree with everything you wrote. I too really wanted to enjoy this book, but every month aside from the first I have been let down. I stuck around because I figured I would ride out the first arc before making a decison, but like you I think I have had my fill. With so many other awesome books out there, 3.99 for a sub-par Superman is asking too much.

  2. In writing this review, you’ve saved me the time and effort it would take for me to write my own. You’ve laid out every problem I’m having with this book, and i’m glad I’m not the only one here left unimpressed. Smiley-face Superman at the end was goofy as hell, and Brainiac seemed like a ’50’s Sci-Fi movie monster. Combined with Giffen and Jurgen’s treatment of the character over in ‘Superman’, and I think this is turning into one of the biggest balls DC’s dropped.

  3. SPOT-ON review!

    You manage to capture my feelings about this title and the talent on it very well!

  4. I agree with your review whole-heartedly. As someone that had not bought a “new” comic book in about 20 years, The New 52 really sucked me in and I am following about 20 titles. I was excited about this new take on Superman’s early days and I thought the first couple of issues were pretty cool. That was where they lost me…I had no idea what was going on. I think, as of this issue, I pretty much figured out alot of it but still found it convoluted, without body or emotion, and simply just poor writing. I am going to give it one more arc to look for improvement but I will most likely drop this one.

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