Action Comics #23 Review

Action Comics #23 Review
By: Jay
DC announced the new creative team
for Action Comics: Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, and that their
run will begin with November’s Action Comics #25. Until then we
have the transitional team of Scott Lobdell and Tyler Kirkham for the main
story in the “Atomic Knights” arc while Frank Hannah and artist Tom Derenick continues “The
World of Krypton” back-up story arc. What do I think of this issue? Find out

Superman and the Pax Galactica put
aside their dispute to unite against the Lexus. In the back-up: Jor-El and Lara
have a new ally, could they end the military coupe?

Action Comics Lobdell continues his “Atomic Knights” arc. The story
felt a bit rushed. You could tell that this team and this arc is just a place-filler
until the new creative team takes over. There is really no character
development at all in the book. But there is plenty of action.

Lobdell tries to make Superman
more “edgy” and less of the “Big Blue Boy Scout” again.
Like the last issue Lobdell walked
that line of making Superman too much of a blunt instrument by having him fight
pretty much everyone in this book. While it was a bit out of character for
Superman to go into any battle thinking he is indestructible and invulnerable,
I think Lobdell needs to ground that ego some with Superman. He isn’t Hulk, he
doesn’t proclaim he “Is strongest there is!” He is that kid from the farm with
humble roots and a humble personality. Lobdell needs to walk the line a little
Another aspect Lobdell and I think
most modern writers do not fully grasp is that Superman is NOT weakened by
magic. It is not like Kryptonite, it doesn’t burn him or drain him. Superman’s
relationship to magic is the same as anyone’s he is affected by it as is anyone
without magical/mystical defenses. If Zatanna says “noom eht ot namrepuS”
Superman will be transported to the moon just as Black Canary would if she said
“noom eht ot yranaC kcalB.” I understand that Superman is a hard character to
write because he has few weaknesses but if you want to use magic as a means to
weaken Superman then do it correctly.
What I did like was the fact that
Lobdell remembered that Superman doesn’t kill. To me that is a huge thing about
Superman. I took issue with this subject in my Man of Steel Review and Analysis.
I really like that someone finally addressed this in a recent comic.

I’m still not really feeling Tyler
Kirkham’s art. He does a good job with the Pax Galactica in the book. They all
look great, each member has a different look and feel to them that you can see
their personality in the art. But again this is a Superman book, and I don’t
like how he draws him. His Superman looks a bit Asian to me, which doesn’t fit
the character. I still feel like at times I was reading a Manga version of

The story was rushed and the art
wasn’t where it needs to be when it comes to certain characters. This needed
more polish on the story as well as the art. DC needed something to fill the
space between the previous creative team and the upcoming one and that is what
this felt like. 

DC gives us more bang for our buck
again with another great 8-page back-up story in this issue, written by Frank
Hannah with Tom Derenick on the art. Hannah picks up “Part: 5 Fortitude” where
he left off in the Superman Annual #2. This back-up story has really
been the story I have enjoyed the most in the last two issues. I love the way
we get these familiar characters with new twist that shows a new side to them,
without taking anything from what we previously knew about them. This has
really been a Lara story, even though it focuses on Jor-El, I think Lara is the
character that shines. Hannah really has given this character that for the
majority of Superman’s 75 years has been nothing more than window dressing, a
background character and gave her a life and energy force that she has never
had before. Hannah has made me fall in love with Lara. This chapter also
introduces us to a major character in the Superman mythos, but I won’t spoil
that for you, you have to read the book to find out who shows up.

What I didn’t like about it was
that DC put Part 4 in the Superman Annual #2. Not everyone reads
all things Superman like I do and some people don’t follow annuals. I also
didn’t like that they didn’t mention the Teklons at all in this issue. They
introduced and teased us with this new species on Krypton and then just dropped
it. I hope they use them somewhere.

Derenick does another great job on
the art in this issue.  Just like in the
last issue his art fits perfect with this arc. You can see the difference
between the different sects of the Kryptonian society, the Military and the
Science Council. He does great action scenes as well. I’d like to see him and
Hannah do a full issue.

Like I said the back-up story has
me more interested than the main story. I hope that this was like a prequel to
an upcoming arc in one of the Superman titles by Hannah. I
really want to see where the Teklons story goes as well as how Lara and Jor-El
wind up together.

Overall, I liked this issue a lot
more than I thought I would. I say pick it up. The back-up stories in DC are
hit or miss with a lot of them not really interesting enough to read, but with
this the back-up story is a bit better than the main one.

That is what I think about this
book. Let us know what you think about the book, and about this Action
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