I was lucky to get the only copy left of the new Action Comics #1 written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Rags Morales. This is the reboot of Superman that stays true to the original golden-age version of the 1930’s and 40’s but with modern sensibilities. If All-Star Superman is a tribute to the Silver-Age Superman, then the new Action Comics is a nod to the Golden-Age Superman. We have a Superman who doesn’t fly yet, but leaps on tall buildings. He wears a t-shirt version of the suit, cape, and jeans as this takes place before the new Justice League #1. Superman is the first superhero and fights for justice, but is at odds with the law and the government doesn’t trust him. It’s definitely a throwback to the vision of the creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
As Clark Kent, he works for the Daily Star, a rival of the Daily Planet where Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen work. His parents are gone so we have a Superman without the boy scout tendencies we had for the last 30-40 years and I think the public couldn’t relate to that. I agree he was never a boy scout and I doubt the original creators would’ve make him one. Lex Luthor is a scientist who is doing what’s best for humanity and sees him as a threat. Grant has topped himself on this and he can succeed where other writers have failed over the last 25 years.
This is a big deal because Action Comics was among the longest running title since 1938 and Grant has big shoes to fill for almost 75 years. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was the biggest selling comic book of this year instead of the new Justice League. A new Superman for the new century has definitely arrived and it’s long overdue.