Action Comics #1 follows Superman’s early adventures in Metropolis as he fights for justice, and re-introduces us to a few of Superman’s biggest supporting characters.
If you’ve read All Star Superman, you know that Grant Morrison is capable of writing a very good Superman story, and he shows us that again with this relaunch. His new take on Superman’s early days isn’t just fresh and unique; it also does a great job of updating him and making him more relate-able to the people of the 21st century. The Superman we see here is still learning his powers, and isn’t the crazy powered up guy that we’ve seen for a while, and while that can be a lot of fun, this brings an element of danger, knowing that he could be taken down much easier and that it’s harder for him to do what he does. Morrison also does a good job of giving the supporting characters a role early on, but at the same time it doesn’t feel like it’s intruding on Superman’s adventures. If Morrison keeps up this level of quality (and I have a good feeling he will), this will be one hell of a ride.
Rags Morales does a great job of reinventing this world and giving it a modern feel, on top of just drawing some gorgeous pages. When Superman uses his powers, whether its heat vision, is huge jumps or his super speed, it really gives the feeling that if you saw this in real life, you’d be amazed and a bit terrified. The inks and colours really add to and compliment Morales’ pencils, and help with the hyper real world that Superman in habits in the book. I suppose I should also mention the elephant in the room: Superman’s blue collar costume. I’ll admit, this new approach had never bothered me, but if you have your doubts, check this issue out. Morrison sets it up story wise a bit, but not only does it make sense, it still looks fantastic thanks to Morales and co.
Survival Rating: LIVE Yes, I think it will. Superman is iconic but fresh and new, and with Grant Morrison at the helm, this series should continue well into the future
Recommendation? Buy it! If you have any interest in Superman, no matter how big or small, you’ll get a kick out of this.