Today, the Legion of Doom is trouncing Superman and his Justice League partners.
Earlier, Metropolis fire chief Melody Moore has news for Clark Kent.
Six months ago, dogged young reporter Robinson Goode has a run-in with shady scientists from Star Labs.
In order of interest, I’d say the origin of Red Cloud is most compelling, given that the bad Goode has been around for more than a year; followed by the Melody bit, which ties into the current non-secret identity shenanigans in Superman; and then the Legion of Doom stuff, of which I am sick and tired.
As a rule, I prefer my stories told in a linear manner, but Red Cloud’s starting point can’t be told as anything bar a flashback, and the Melody moment couldn’t be shown until we’d had last month’s Superman, so all is dandy. I’m getting a wee bit tired of tweets – sorry, chirps – framing fight sequences, they’re today’s version of the news TV screens that became ubiquitous post-Dark Knight Returns. I do always enjoy them on writer Brian Michael Bendis’ Daily Planet pages, though… this issue’s has a cute gag nodding to McDonald’s.
There’s a very intriguing nugget of information about Goode’s father, which I hope augers an appearance down the line. And I could hug Bendis for this panel.
Who wants to work for Oswald Cobblepot indeed?
While I could easily live without the fight against Apex Lex, I do like Superman’s opening words to his number one foe. The Melody scene is very nicely done, and there’s a nice bit of reader wrong-footing ￼when she brings up Lois. And the look back at Goode’s start as a supervillain has me convinced that, yes, Bendis is going to rehabilitate her in time. All in all, a pretty decent issue, it’s just a shame we have the Year of the Villain business, when Bendis could be using the space to give us his Toyman or Terra Man or, I dunno, Towbee the space minstrel. Anyone starting with ‘T’.
As with last issue, John Romita Jr is pencilling and Klaus Janson inking, and the result is simply disappointing. I’ve seen so much better from these gentlemen, but the work here doesn’t match their A-list status, with the fight and origin scenes unclear in their storytelling, and the plainclothes scene pedestrian. Perhaps they were super rushed. Again. Let’s hope for better things next time. I do like Wonder Woman belting Grodd with a bit of building, that made me smile.
I’m not sure why Starman looks wet, but I quite like the cover by Romita, Janson and trusty interior colourist Brad Anderson.
The current visuals are hurting what’s been a great Action Comics run since Bendis arrived a year and a half back, but this remains one of my favourite reads. Here’s to another terrific year.