Many like myself have wanted Grant Morrison on a regular monthly Superman title for a while now, so Action Comics should be what we are dreaming about. Sadly, like the first issues of Justice League, Morrison is keeping Superman and Clark Kent in the past rather than concentrating on modern-day Supes.
Now I guess this is fine for “world building,” as the New 52 gang might say, but I have never really been a fan of retro stories, even though you are trying to give the “First Superhero” his props from the past. Let’s use those September “Zero” issues for that, shall we, Mr. M?
On the bright side, we see Morrison’s take on Kraven the Hunter here as the big-bad hunts down the Man of Steel, even learning the secret ID of the Man of Tomorrow. But I am afraid Nimrod comes off more like the Chris Claremont-created robot sentinel of the same name in X-Men than it does a villain we can hiss and want Supes to pound into the ground.
The fun of this book comes with the return of Rags Morales on art. His Peter Parker-like Clark – geeky, young, no confidence – is a strong visual from what we are used to seeing elsewhere. So that much is welcome; if it is in the past, this is the past! And an emergency outfit and t-shirt collection? Sounds like young Clark to me!
I do not mean to take anything away from Morrison’s execution of Action Comics. I just prefer my stories in the present, with fringe tales and vignettes touching on that oh-so-mysterious New 52 past.