Throughout Comics history, there are names that have been lost to time. Maybe they left an indelible mark on a title that was revered for decades, perhaps they worked with some of our more well-known historical figures, or thanklessly turned in work that pushed a company higher in the sales charts. There was a man who did all three, and he may finally be getting the recognition he deserved. His name was Ira Schnapp, and if you like Silver Age comics you probably already know his work…
Another Summer, another few semi-annual comic events gone by. Coming up, Summer relaunches! A new beginning for the Big 2, and an important one for DC. But we’ve been here before, will this time be any different?
In 2011, as was traditional after a Multiverse shattering/rearranging event, DC rebooted their Universe and comic line spanning several genres and off-kilter characters. Some of this books were very good (or at least interesting), while a high percentage were slow-going or uninspired. Appropriately, DC axed several of these low selling titles until their line become much more homogenous and brand recognized. Continue reading Crisis, Contrivance, or Convience?
Action Comics #40 am worst comic of the week. Dean hate Action Comics #40. Dean am so upset with purchase of Action Comics #40 this week. Dean am never going to write a positive review about this book. Greg Pak am terrible at writing, and Aaron Kuder am worst Superman drawer.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Reed ruffles his feathers for… Howard The Duck #1 Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the comic shop on the other side so he could buy a comic book about a talking duck written by a guy who has Facebook conversations with Applebee’s.
Through a chain of events we have to read “Superman #41” for (whenever it comes out), Clark Kent has been revealed as the Man of Steel and mostly depowered. What this entails exactly is unclear but it seems he has no flight, heat/x-ray vision/telescope vision, freeze breath, invulnerability and vastly reduced strength.
This issue deals with Clark making his way through the US, with only his wits and large roll of cash. Everywhere he goes he runs the risk of being recognized but can’t let go of his mission to help others no matter what. He returns to Metropolis, where he gets a hostile welcome from the police force but also a warm welcome from his old neighborhood rechristened Kent-town. Most of them rejoice at Superman returning home but others, like the police, force mistrust and even fear him despite his humble new status. As he rushes to help firefighters deal with a giant shadowbeast (which have been chasing him for months, but is only mentioned now), the Metropolis PD move in to dismantle Kent-Town.
This issue marks an interesting parallel with Pak’s previous issues of “Action Comics” where Superman had to use his great powers responsibly. Here, he has to do the same without the abilities that make Superman, Superman. It’s both a well-threaded story thread but also a back to basics approach. It’s a Superman resembling the 1939 iteration, but also the one Grant Morrison introduced at the start of the New 52 in 2011. I was a fan of that short-lived approach and thought it was a great way to reintroduce the man of tomorrow in the modernity, but returning to it only 4 years later makes me wary. Still, Pak and Kuder have proven to be reliable at turning out a good Superman comic monthly.
Overall: An interesting set-up issue, with great art from Aaron Kuder, has me interested in a down-to-earth Superman. It has the potential to make him more relatable, and give his stories dramatic tension since he is not as powerful.
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