This week has a few big titles slated for release, such as Action Comics #3 and Fear Itself #7.1 but overall it’s a quiet week for comic books. Below are reviews for the third issue of Action Comics and Fear Itself #7.1. Enjoy!
Action Comics #3
So far, Action Comics(brilliantly written by Grant Morrison and beautifully drawn by Rags Morales) has been one of the better New 52 relaunch titles, giving us plenty of great backstory on Superman. Now, with this third issue, we get more on Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent, and how he is dealing with a world who despises Superman.
After escaping from government captivity in #2, Clark Kent finds that the entire planet hates Superman and wants him to go home. Meanwhile, an enemy from Superman’s past resurfaces and the end of the issue makes it clear that the Man of Steel is in for the fight of his life.
One of the most important aspects of Action Comics is the developing relationship between Superman and the rest of the world, and luckily Grant Morrison and Rags Morales depict this very nicely. The way he is viewed by the world affects the way he grows and develops as a character, and it is important that enough time is devoted to addressing that. Obviously Grant Morrison is aware of this, because here he brings us a fun, entertaining issue that properly addresses the growing tension between Superman and Earth. Rags Morales helps him out with his brilliant art, which continues to be some of the best in comics today.
If there is one thing to criticize about Action Comics #3, it is how dialogue-heavy it is. That is not always a bad thing, but when there is more telling than showing going on, that’s where problems arise. We as readers need to SEE that the world hates Superman, not just hear about it in a casual conversation over coffee(which is actually what happens at one point in the book). Sure, there are a few panels towards the end depicting this, but there needs to be more of it for us to really believe it. So while Superman’s relationship with Earth is dealt with here, the manner in which it is done could have been more effective.
Overall, though, Action Comics #3 is a thoroughly satisfying entry in the series and will leave readers desperately craving more.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Fear Itself 7.1
After the catastrophic events of Fear Itself, each character deals with the casualties differently. In Fear Itself 7.1, Steve Rogers copes with the loss of his best friend, Bucky Barnes, who fell to the Serpent’s forces way back in Fear Itself #3. But beyond a huge revelation some probably saw coming anyway and characters moping around, this issue really has nothing to offer.
Steve Rogers is crushed. He lost his best friend, and he reflects on his courage and valor. Then a visit by Nick Fury changes everything. Rogers must grapple with the truth surrounding his friend’s demise, and the fact that an awful deception has taken place.
It becomes evident very quickly that the issue will mostly consist of the survivors mourning and moping around. Sure, we get a major twist, but honestly it is not that shocking. “Deaths” in comic book are almost always temporary, so many readers suspected that something was up anyway. Besides that, this issue is not, by any means, worth reading. Ed Brubaker’s writing is fine, but Butch Guice’s art takes some getting used to.
When it all comes down to it, the only reason to read this issue is to find out what really happened with Bucky Barnes. Other than that, you won’t get anything out of reading this disappointing issue.