Superman deals with life after “Clark Kent” while Earth’s first superman goes after Lois Lane’s family in Action Comics #11
Action Comics #11
Following the “death” of Clark Kent, Superman has created a new identity for himself, that of Johnny Clark, a Metropolis firefighter, a job that allows him to save lives and help people 24/7. However, Superman finds it harder than he thought to leave behind Clark’s life and especially his friends, taking the problem to Batman, who promises to think of something. Meanwhile, Adam Blake, a human born with evolutionary abilities hundreds of thousands of years ahead of normal humans, confronts Lois Lane and her niece Suzie, who he reveals is similarly gifted. When Superman tries to stop Blake from taking the young girl, Blake manages to drop the Man of Steel with a single thought.
This is one dense comic book. My favorite talent of Morrison’s is his ability to tell, in a single comic, stories that would take other writers half a dozen issues. This story leaps around just like Superman himself. First fighting an alien robot, then introducing us to Johnny Clark, then hanging out with Batman, then Lois and Suzie, then the Brainiac Fortress, then Superman vs Captain Comet! Jeez, I’m out of breath!
After Batman’s comments last issue about having to take down Supes one day, I’m glad to see Superman reaching out and asking for Batman’s advice. Of course, it could always be argued that Batman is only “keeping his enemies closer” by pretending to be Superman’s friend. But knowing Bruce, there’s no reason it can’t be both.
We finally get back to the Brainiac Fortress, a place I’ve wanted to return to since its creation. Now sporting a S-Shield logo, (which I caught on Morrison’s initial sketch in the back of issue 2), the Brainiac Fortress gives us the best of all worlds, a Fortress with a talking A.I. repository of “all-knowledge” like in the movies and Smallville, but also filled with hundreds of alien species in a 1950’s “intergalactic zoo.”
If there is one thing I love best about Morrison’s Superman, it’s this notion that the impossible is second nature for Supes, and is something he takes pride in. Just look at the smile on his face when Brainiac reveals that the mysterious Multitude didn’t destroy Krypton, as they were repelled by Jor-El in an act deemed impossible.
Suzie Tompkins, Lois’s niece who was introduced in the 1940’s as a “Dennis the Menace” style pest for Superman, reappears, now upgraded as a “nutant” or future human capable of saving the world. Given her future status as a member of the Anti-Superman Army, I don’t think that’s going to work out too well.
I have to say, as much as I like Rags Morales, I wouldn’t hate having a whole issue drawn by Brad Walker. Not only does he seem to have a better handle on Superman’s armored look, his whole style is just stunning. And while I’m going on about the art, I say bump Cafu up from the back-ups and let him draw a few issues. That poster of Superman in the shirt shop, with the whole “Masters of the Universe” pose is one I want for my house. So far, Cafu has drawn approximately two images of Superman in that last few issues, and each one was sickeningly iconic.
Oh yeah, and the back-up story by Sholly Fisch was good too. It was little more than a joke, and lost a little something since they’ve been talking about it for a while now behind the scenes.
Overall, this was such a fun comic. I love getting a lot for my money, and while some single issues of other books feel like you are only reading five pages worth of story spread out over 20, this issue felt a half dozen comics crammed into one.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
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