Action Comics #26 (DC)

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Rating: 4/5 – Pak and Kuder are starting to provide consistency for Superman.

I’m really starting to enjoy this series with Aaron Kuder on the art as this is another stand alone tale that’s a bit touching, while feeling a bit like the heavily silver age influenced All Star Superman.  While you can enjoy this story on it’s own, there are some story beats that look as though they’ll be explored in future issues.  There’s an introduction to a new villain and there’s plenty of dialogue with Clark and Lana that’s enjoyable and telling of this younger Clark’s personality, and a fight with a monster that’s more than it seems.

Starting with the art, it’s easy to see the similarities between Kuder and All Star Superman artist Frank Quitely.  In the scenes at the end where Clark is in the Fortress of Solitude you definitely feel that vibe.  But, he does have a style that’s all his own and he’s quickly becoming one of DC’s top artists.  He uses a lot of lines in his art for all the detail and pulls back on his lines when needed.  Seeing his style of art for this particular story is just playing to his strengths!  As time goes by he’ll be one of the artists to watch.  Hopefully he’ll stay on this book for a while to try and get Superman back to a top tier series as his art is reason enough to buy this book.

There’s a lot to like with writer Greg Pak’s story in this issue.  Monsters, villains, flashbacks to Clark’s time as a child.  It’s a full issue and all the different storylines were equally enjoyable.  The monster scenes in particular were the most engaging though really giving the book that silver age feel.  Just when you think that this may be a Superman vs. the monster of the month story, Pak turns it around and adds emotion and charm to the fight sequence.  I can’t wait to see what happens next with this part of the story as Pak leaves you with a cliffhanger that opens up a lot of possibility.  We’re also introduced to a new villain that except for some poor design, seems to be a decent threat to Superman…but his costume leaves a lot to be desired.

Action Comics is becoming a go-to book for me with Kuder on the art.  Superman needs some consistency on his own books in the New 52 and this creative team can be the ones to do it.  This is the most excited I’ve been about a solo Superman series in a while, I’m just hoping that Pak and Kuder stay on the book for a while to keep my excitement going.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – shawn@comicspectrum.com
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