I read Action Comics #7 twice and decided to give the issue 4 stars – in spite of it having been written by Grant Morrison. Or, maybe, because of being written by Grant Morrison. I just cannot tell.
Okay, so first of all, it’s difficult to believe we are already on the seventh issue of The New 52! The Batman title has, more or less, been seen as the greatest success for DC, with most readers finding it to be the best of the whole lot. Sure, some people like what has been going on with Swamp Thing and Wonder Woman – but those titles will never have the powerhouse appeal that Batman does. Now, where does Action Comics fit in with all of these? It has always been the flagship Superman title. DC handed this title over to Grant Morrison, who is probably one of the most talked about creators in comics. It seems that readers either love or hate Morrison – and usually flip their opinion with every issue they read. Most of the time, it seems Morrison is, at least, frustrating.
I’ve commented on Morrison several times in this blog. He is known for cryptic details, non-linear storytelling, and daring unorthodox character developments. So, is Morrison really a good writer or does he just know how to get talked about? Is he a good writer or do people just enjoy the “difference”? I kind of wish Derrida were around to comment on Morrison. And since I’m imagining a little forum of writers, I’d like to add China Miéville to the mix. This would be a good round-table group.
I read Action Comics #5 and shrugged. So did Zarathustra. I read Action Comics #6 and hated it. In fact, I purposely left it off of my comic subscription list at my local comic book store. I was ready to be done with Morrison. I had high-hopes at issue #2, but I hated #6 so much that I could not stand the idea of reading any more Morrison nonsense. I was prepared to write an “enough-is-enough” rant about the madness and drivel that Morrison gets away with publishing.
And then I read #7 and, though it had it’s frustrating-Morrison-moments, I really liked it. After #6, I brought a lot of negative with me to #7, so for me to say that I liked #7 rather pains me. Okay, it contained things that I like about Superman comics, viz. the Bottle City of Kandor and Brainiac. Maybe I just have too much love for Lilliput or something. I love the concept of a bottle city. And then there is Brainiac. Of course I love Brainiac. I love Brainiac the villain and “Brainiac” 5 of the Legion of Super-heroes. So…. there’s just a lot here that I love on principle.
This issue does have the typical Morrison-style in media res stuff. However, it’s not as “bad” as in other issues. Somehow, I was able to follow along fairly-well and be drawn into the story. (Who knows if Morrison will continue this storyline anytime soon?) There’s Superman being confident and Lois being abrasive and Lex being two-steps ahead of everyone else. There’s armor from Krypton and Superman is wearing an airtank when he gets to space (the eternal: how does he breathe in space aporia). But Brainiac is updated a bit: collector of worlds, internet, computo, et al. This is good stuff: perfect for The New 52. This is what should be going on in the DC titles. The artwork is solid (I cannot imagine what drawing for/with Grant Morrison would be like).
….Grant Morrison….. What to do with this guy? I guess I’m all in for a few more issues of Action Comics.