Superman — Action Comics — Vol. 1 — Superman and the Men of Steel

Fol­low­ing my Jus­tice League Vol. 1 write-up, Super­man — Action Comics Vol. 1 is up on the read list. Tech­ni­cal­ly, it takes place before the events of Jus­tice League Vol. 1, but was pub­lished slight­ly after­wards.

Action Comics Vol. 1

Grant Mor­rison — Writer
Rags Morales — Pen­ciller
Andy Kubert — Pen­ciller

Pub­lished 1 Aug 2012
Col­lects Super­man — Action Comics 1 – 8 (7 Sep 2011 — 4 Apr 2012)

Art
Sto­ry
Aver­age

Art

For Art, I real­ly like Morales’ mus­cu­la­ture, but his faces are so incon­sis­tent. Kubert’s style is great, but it’s eas­ier since it’s all futur­is­tic cos­tumes.

Story

As for Sto­ry, usu­al­ly Mor­rison is known for more… high-brow plot­li­nes, but this open­ing arc was very approach­able. I like that, much like Bat­man Year One, Super­man starts with a sim­pler cos­tume and fights human cor­rup­tion. The reviews are pret­ty much unan­i­mous in say­ing this is the most relat­able Super­man in a long time, and I agree. Clark Kent’s jour­nal­ism on behalf of the the down­trod­den ordi­nary cit­i­zens of Metrop­o­lis is a great bal­ance to punch­ing the bad guys when oth­er avenues are exhaust­ed. The inter­galac­tic col­lec­tor bit, while a trope at this point, was a great device for giv­ing Super­man both addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about his orig­in and some nice tech upgrades.

Connections

This book intro­duces Glen “Mr. Metrop­o­lis” Glen­mor­gan, Vyn­d­k­tvx, Blake, Zoft, Mar­tinez, Casey, Lex Luthor, Sam Lane, Lois Lane, Inter­gang, Mrs. Nyx­ly, Jim­my Olsen, Angus “Guns” Grundig, Braini­ac, John Hen­ry Irons (Steel), John Cor­ben (Met­al­lo), Emmett Vale, Lana Lor-Van, Zar-La, Zora Lor-Van, Van-Da, Lon-Zo, Jor-El, Lyla Ler­rol, Dal-Vo, Kryp­to, George Tay­lor, Lucy Lane, Jon­than Kent, Martha Kent, Max­im Zarov (Nim­rod), Zod, Xa-Du, Ursa, Non, Jax-Ur, Ras-Krom, Ak-Var, Vak-Ox, Kry­ponite Men, Drekken, Light­ning Man, Cos­mic Man, Sat­urn Wom­an, Natasha Irons, Lana Lang, and Pete Ross. Pan­do­ra makes her one-frame cameo on the run­away train Jim­my and Lana are on.

The wrap-up left plen­ty of bread­crumbs for future con­flicts, both as Clark and as Super­man.

Next up, Green Arrow Vol. 1.

Static Shock — Vol. 1 — Supercharged

Fol­low­ing my Cap­tain Atom Vol. 1 Sav­age Hawk­man Vol. 1 write-up, Sta­t­ic Shock Vol. 1 is up on the read list.

Static Shock 1

Scott McDaniel — Writer, Pen­ciller
John Rozum — Writer
Andy Owens — Inker

Pub­lished 20 Jun 2012
Col­lects Sta­t­ic Shock 1 – 8 (7 Sep 2011 — 4 Apr 2012)

Art
Sto­ry
Aver­age

Art

Sta­t­ic may be the only super­hero with a cos­tume that is at some times skin-tight and oth­er times bag­gy.

Story

This book right in the mid­dle of things with Sta­t­ic Shock relo­cat­ed to New York City with his fam­i­ly as he interns at STAR Labs as he tries to fig­ure out what hap­pened to his per­fect­ly cloned sis­ter. A mul­ti­tude of bad guys are intro­duced, in an elab­o­rate ver­ti­cal monopoly of evil from street lev­el gang­sters to super-pow­ered enforcers for a shad­owy gov­ern­ment con­spir­a­cy. Quan­tum Juice, the sub­stance that gave Sta­t­ic his pow­ers, is pur­chased by the bad guy and test­ed on unwill­ing sub­jects. Infight­ing makes the con­spir­a­cy fall apart, and Sta­t­ic takes down the sur­prise ring­lead­er with the help of his super­hero men­tor and his own clone, who dis­guised him­self as Alka­li to infil­trate the bad­dies. After the big show­down, his fam­i­ly decides to stay in New York and he con­tin­ues to fight crime even though his “twin” sis­ters have accept­ed each oth­er. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Sta­t­ic Shock was can­celed after the­se eight issues, so I am not expect­ing much in the way of future res­o­lu­tion.

Connections

This book intro­duces Vir­gil Hawkins (Sta­t­ic Shock), Sunspot, Slate Gang, Trey Uhu­ru, Nico Patrol­lus, Jann Jon, Cole Brick, Kim Dagar, Dr. Cur­tis Met­calf (Hard­ware), Joey Scroc­cone (Piran­ha), Pale Man, Charles White, Kaitlin Stone, Emil­io Mar­co, Tan Yeung, Vir­ule, Jean Hawkins, Sharon Hawkins (and her clone), Robert Hawkins, Frieda Goren, Quentin, Dyson, Car­los, Nathan Flack (Dr. Nemo), Nec­ahual “Nec­ca” Mar­tinez (Guil­loti­na), Dr. David David­son, Alka­lie, 30 Weight, Biz Mon­ey B, Lar­ry Wade, Tiffany Evans (Tech­nique), Dr. Lewis, Vanes­sa, and Phayze. Hawk­man, Cap­tain Atom, Gar­rison Slate, Dark­star, Kar­mon Stringer (Rub­ber­band Man), Gior­dano Fam­i­ly, and K’llumnus are men­tioned. Pan­do­ra gets her cameo out­side the Hawkins fam­i­ly res­i­dence as Vir­gil is ask­ing his dad about get­ting a driver’s license. Besides his intern­ship at STAR Labs, Hard­ware set up a secret base for Sta­t­ic at Wright Tools. The Man­hat­tan vol­cano from Cap­tain Atom Vol. 1 appears.

Next up, Sav­age Hawk­man Vol. 1 Super­girl Vol. 1.

Green Arrow — Vol. 1 — The Midas Touch

Fol­low­ing my Super­man — Action Comics Vol. 1 write-up, Green Arrow Vol. 1 is next on the read list. Although some oth­er super­heroes are name-dropped, the events here are pret­ty stand-alone. I place it third in the over­all read list because there is a line about no super­hero com­mu­ni­ty exist­ing, which would mean that the Jus­tice League either does not exist yet or is very, very new. The news sta­tion GNN is men­tioned, but it does not exist in this con­ti­nu­ity. Also, this is where Q-Core is intro­duced, and it (or its best pro­duct, the Q-Pad) gets name-dropped in sev­er­al oth­er books.

Green Arrow Vol. 1

Dan Jur­gens — Writer, Artist
J.T. Krul — Writer
Kei­th Gif­f­en — Writer
George Pérez — Artist

Pub­lished 30 May 2012
Col­lects Green Arrow 1 – 6 (7 Sep 2011 — 1 Feb 2012)

Art
Sto­ry
Aver­age

Art

Art over­all is ser­vice­able. Most­ly good, but some of the pos­es and arrow tra­jec­to­ries just did not make sense to me. And the last issue had weird­ly skin-tight clothes on every­one, even civil­ian wear.

Story

For Sto­ry, this vol­ume was actu­al­ly two three-issue arcs instead of a sin­gle larg­er one. The first one does a good job of set­ting up Green Arrow’s sit­u­a­tion by high­light­ing the work/superhero bal­ance and his abilities/ideals by set­ting him off again­st enti­tled pow­ered delin­quents. The sec­ond one is more com­pelling to me because Midas is a much more inter­est­ing vil­lain than Rush. How­ev­er, the vil­lains’ back­grounds are per­haps too mys­te­ri­ous (espe­cial­ly after Blood Rose’s “reveal”), and the res­o­lu­tion too easy. Green Arrow beats them once and they run away to Metrop­o­lis? How is that going to work for them?

Connections

This book intro­duces the char­ac­ters Oliv­er Queen (Green Arrow), Wal­ter Emer­son, Michael Holt (Mr. Ter­ri­fic), Naomi Singh, Dynamix, Dop­pel­gänger, Super­charge, “Jax” Jack­son, Adrien Rivers, Rush, Lime­light, Alpha, Core, Stun­ner, Kyle Emer­son, Blood Rose, Midas, and Alec Hol­land (Swamp Thing). Pan­do­ra gets her cameo in the night­club in Paris where Green Arrow takes on Dynamix, Dop­pel­gänger, and Super­charge. Green Arrow men­tions that he knows Aqua­man. The cor­po­rate life is very demand­ing on Ollie, who only runs Q-Core, a sub­sidiary of Queen Indus­tries, while his deceased father’s friend Wal­ter Emer­son is CEO for the umbrel­la cor­po­ra­tion. WayneTech, Lex­Corp, Holt Indus­tries and rat­tled off as rivals.

Next up, Flash Vol. 1.