|Detail of Rags Morales' cover art for ACTION COMICS #1, which DC released in September, 2011 as part of their "New 52" revamping of the DC Universe.|
I've read all of the issues of the new ACTION COMICS published to date and my biggest takeaway from the series is frustration. Writer Grant Morrison decided to set this Superman comic five years in the past from the present-day DC continuity and explore a young Superman just coming into his own in Metropolis. This young Clark doesn't know the extent of his powers or the truth about his origin. He doesn't work for The Daily Planet at first but he's friends with both Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane. He's also as deeply committed to righting social injustices as to fighting crime and menaces from beyond the stars.
The trouble is, Morrison can't start a story and stay with it until it's over. He'll start one storyline, then jump to another, then come back to the original, then throw in a stand-alone adventure on an alternate earth where Barack Obama is the Man of Steel. As usual, Morrison's stories are spilling over with brand new concepts and ideas, none of which are ever fully developed, explained or used consistently. Morrison clearly has no editor. DC has given him carte blanche to write ACTION COMICS the way he wants to and if the stories don't make sense, the continuity is shot to hell and readers are left scratching their heads and wondering what in the name of Rao is going on, who cares? It's Grant Morrison. It's Superman. It's ACTION COMICS. It's a license to print money for DC Comics.
Thankfully Morrison will soon be leaving ACTION after his first year is up. Can't say I'll be sorry to see him go. You know the old story about the emperor and his wardrobe? Grant Morrison's been buck naked for years.