Thursday, February 6, 2014

Action Comics #28 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 5, 2014

The Trouble With...Eeep

Superman and Lana Lang delve deeper into Subterranea and find out quickly they are not alone.  Lana is treated like a Queen while Superman is her trusty slave.  Lana gets a peek under the Man of Steel's shirt and the reader gets a peek under Ghost Soldier's helmet.  Superman tries to save everyone and everything, but in the end, can he save himself?

Greg Pak has really turned Action Comics into a must read.  His Superman is not just the most overpowered superhero in the Universe, he has feelings, a sense of humor, a self imposed obligation to help anyone in need and most importantly a past.  That's where Lana Lang steps in.  She reminds the reader that at one time, Superman was just Clark Kent, a boy in Kansas who once laughed so hard milk shot out of his nose. Granted, the milk broke a table, but you get the point.  However, Lana isn't just there as a link to Kal-El's past.  She is also a strong character that wants to help save the world in her own way.  Together they are a stellar pair.

Action Comics #28 also shows more of Superman's weaknesses.  No, not Kryptonite, but the idea that he wants to save anyone and anything that is in trouble not matter the consequences.  This issue really puts a spotlight on it when Superman starts a war to save some little monkeys.  I know, they are really cute, but people will die because of his decision.  

His other weakness is trusting people too quickly.  This is where Ghost Soldier enters.  I really like him as a villain mainly because he may not be one.  Pak expands on his character this issue and I really like what were getting.  He is still a mystery, but last issue showed he can actually hurt Superman.  Of course, Superman trusts him anyway and the consequences of that appear pretty severe.

Aaron Kuder's art is really good this month with one exception, Lana Lang.  She looked a little off in some panels and plain weird in others.  However, Kuder makes up for that with some stellar action sequences and splash pages.

Bits and Pieces:

Action Comics #28 continues to be the place to go for Superman goodness.  Greg Pak is showing us what makes Superman what he is and why that may be his downfall.  Throw in Lana Lang and you have two strong characters trying to save the World.


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