Where is My Supersuit?
Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Aaron Kuder, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 6, 2016
It's been kind of hard recognizing Superman these days. I'm not talking about the Truth t-shirt or the waning (or is it fluctuating?) powers, either. I'm talking about the man under the tights and what I see is a man that is far from super. I'd love to say that Kal-El has become something else, but the way the Truth story has gone, this self-centered prick that we are getting seems to have been underneath the curl and the smile all along, he just didn't show it when he was on top of the world. Now that his friends won't let him play and people aren't cheering his name, he has become more concerned with getting back his powers than saving anyone and has even become suicidal at points. While Dan Didio has promised this will all change in April, I'm afraid the damage is done and one of the greatest superheroes of all-time has been tarnished more than anyone can imagine. Maybe, just maybe, it's not too late. Maybe this issue of Action Comics can begin the healing by giving us a Superman we can get behind and begin to love again. Maybe it won't and I'll be the only Superman fan left on Earth. Well, which is it? Let's find out...
The issue starts out on a promising note as it continues from last week's Superman Annual and Superman doing his best to save the day. Vandal Savage's starship has teleported into the Watchtower and all hell is breaking loose. Wonder Woman gives Clark a status report and it's not good...the Supremacists have taken the Justice League down using the same energy weapons that drained Supes of his powers. They then take Wonder Woman and Vandal Savage can just laugh and gloat at a powerless Superman.
I liked this opener. Vandal Savage has been a bad ass throughout this story, but he outdoes himself here. Greg Pak writes him with a cool, confident (cocky?!?) demeanour that fits an immortal villain whose slow burn plan is coming to fruition. However, I have no idea why Frankenstein is still involved here. Sure, he fought Superman while under the influence of Wrath and her black mass, but Vandal put that back in it's little box. I guess he let it out again because it's here and all over Frank. I am a fan of the character and it feels odd to see him like this.
Vandal continues by giving Clark a reason for what he's doing in the form of a lesson. In his mind, Superman should stop saving the world and teach it to save itself. He might have a crazy way of doing it, but he still has a point.
While Vandal puts his plan into full effect, Superman does his best to save everyone, but it's a matter of caring globally while saving locally right now...until help arrives in the form of the Justice League United. Again, if I sat and really thought about it, I might be bothered by them showing up here,l but I was having too much fun and actually had a big smile on my face. That's something that hasn't happened a whole lot since June. It got even bigger when I saw who was working with Steel and what they were working on. It's the Atom and Superman's super suit!
Yep, Ray Palmer is in the house and he's giving Superman the version 5.0 of the Metallo suit to try on for size. I know it could kill him (it is powered by Kryptonite!), but again, I had a huge smile on my face that only got bigger when we finally get to see Superman flying again.
As him and the JLU begin their assault on Vandal Savage's starship, Superman is torn between loving what the suit can do and knowing it's killing him. I mentioned Superman's suicidal tendencies earlier, but this is different. Sure, Clark likes what the suit can do, but he's risking his life to save the Justice League. Now that's our Superman!
He gets to Wonder Woman first and while Vandal has begun draining her, it looks like she is still in fighting shape. However, they get an unlikely ally before they can throw a punch, but in the end, Vandal Savage may still have gotten what he wanted. We will have to wait until Superman/Wonder Woman #26 to find out more.
This issue was a lot of fun. The JLU, Ray Palmer, the Metallo Suit...I'm still smiling. The suit may be giving Superman back his powers at a cost, but it was his actions that made him look more like a superhero than we've seen in months. I really hope this continues throughout the rest of the books.
Aaron Kuder, Rafa Sandoval did a really good job on art in this issue. There are plenty of guest stars, but they don't trip them up and in fact, they all look great. In fact, the whole issue looked great and you'll get no complaints from me.
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Action Comics has been the best book in this whole truth debacle and this issue may be the best one. Superman has his powers back and while it may kill him, he's doing it for the greater good. Vandal Savage is proving to be a great villain and I finally can say that I'm looking forward to the next issue of this crossover. If the other creative teams can keep the ball rolling we won't have to wait until April to fall in love with Superman again. This issue was a step in the right direction.