Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Action Comics #872 Review

ACTION COMICS #872
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Pete Woods

If anything, this issue solidifies my belief that the New Krypton story is nothing more than a moniker or theme for the Superman line, much in the vein of the recent Manifest Destiny and other, similar, non-event tag lines used on recent books.

Case in point, this issue opts to ignore the rounding up of Superman's villains from the last 'part' of New Krypton in favour of focusing on, uh, the Creature Commandos? Yes, it's the return of characters no one asked for.

And it's not like this is the second or third part of this supposed event either. This is the sixth or seventh chapter and we're introducing random characters that have nothing to do with the Kryptonians and do nothing but sidetrack any progress we were making with the non-plot going through this event.

However, this doesn't mean this issue was a complete failure either. I did enjoy it and what little progress was made with the New Krypton story was quite entertaining. For instance, the Lex and Brainiac interactions were brief, yet spot on and the ending with Metallo and Reactron (horrible name for the guy with the gold kryptonite heart), along with the apparent killing of Supergirl's father, appear to be an attempt to rachet this storyline up a notch, assuming it actually gets followed up on properly in future issues.

Verdict - Check It. Another solid outing from Johns, but a rather disappointing continuation of the so-called New Krypton event.


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