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A New 52 Review: Action Comics #1

Variant coverAction Comics #1
“Superman Versus the City of Tomorrow”
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Rags Morales
Inks: Rick Bryant
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artists: Morales (regular)/Jim Lee & Scott Williams (variant)
Editor: Matt Idelson
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US

While the renumbering of Action Comics to accommodate the marketing goals of DC’s New 52 imitative has been a point of contention for some, given the nature of writer Grant Morrison’s plot and script, it’s apt. He’s taking Superman back to his roots, after all, offering a vision of the Man of Steel that mirrors the original incarnation of the character from the 1938 version of Action #1. While Superman is seen as a symbol of the establishment — a friend recently told me he sees the “real” Superman as a paternal figure — creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster originally presented as a rebel, as a vigilante who stopped and punished those the law let skate by. Superman was originally a threat to the establishment, and Morrison’s reinterpretation here looks back at and updates the concept for the 21st century. While the idealism the character exhibits in this comic book will be familiar to many, the youth and brashness Morrison instills in him will seem unusual and unconventional to many as well. I suspect this take on the Last Son of Krypton will be a polarizing one, but DC can count me as being firmly in the camp that welcomes the shift.

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