Sunday, July 18, 2010

Comic Book Review: Action Comics #890

Book Information Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Pete Woods
Colored by Brad Anderson
Lettered by Rob Leigh
Cover by Finch & Steigerwald

My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
Is anyone else cheering for the fact that Lex Luthor is in the spotlight? I honestly wasn’t sure how DC was going to top their Nightwing and Flamebird extravaganza, but I think they nailed it on the head! With great titles such as the Suicide Squad and the Secret Six, villain headlined comics are something I wish for more of. Action Comics has now tumbled to the dark side giving Luthor the center stage. Wielding a power ring has made Luthor more power hungry than ever been before as he begins his quest to locate and harness the energy which powered the black rings. But Luthor hits a little snag when a strange band of hit men come after Luthor with a bag tricks and a slimy surprise inside.

Obsession has always been a defining feature of Lex Luthor. But more importantly, his obsession with Superman is what drives his lust for power; his desire to fly above the heads of mere humans and take over as an all powerful entity with which everyone would fear and obey has never left his thoughts since first setting foot into the DCU. Action Comics #890 reminds us of that obsession and adds the fact that he has already experienced what it’s like to be a superman. This odd combination of admiration and hatefulness that Luthor has towards Superman is such an interesting study brought to life by the incredible Paul Cornell. Luthor is so proud of himself that his pride cannot be tarnished by the common and “despicable” working man who takes it upon him or herself to put Luthor in his place. His urge to be so much like Superman does not allow him to accept the fact that he is mortal and can bleed. Cornell can write for Action Comics all he wants in my humble opinion!

I enjoyed the conversation Luthor has with cyborg Lois Lane (that I didn’t realized existed until now!) and how she was the only one who can successfully counter any idea that Luthor brought to the table. I guess it takes a robotic sex slave (which I’m sure she is) to keep Luthor humble as possible. (Which isn’t necessarily very humble right?)

Pete Woods is up and down for me; he’s a talented artist, but if he doesn’t get the right colorist, the effect doesn’t come off right. Strong pencils don’t necessarily equal great art. However, with that being said, that last page of Mister Mind ripping through the pilot’s skin was nothing short of awesome!

My Profoundly Climactic Conclusion
This is so much fun to read and nice to look at, nothing could have pleased me more this month than having Action Comics turn into a villain book, even if it is probably temporary. This means Superman will not inhabit this title for sometime as the headliner, which is great! Keep Superman in his own book and leave Action Comics for the other “super” characters!

Writing: 10
Themes: 10
Art: 9
Overall: 9.33 out of 10

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