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Action Comics #2
Written by Grant Morrison, Pencilled by Rags Morales & Brent Anderson, Inked by Rick Bryant & Brent Anderson
Another excellent issue! Most of this issue sees Superman imprisoned, as Luthor and his cronies attempt various methods of torture to test his limits. Two characters make their new 52 debut in this issue who are sure to loom large in Superman's future: John Henry Irons and Richard Corben. The final page reveal is not entirely unexpected, but still is likely to knock your socks off.
There is a supplemental section in the back with some snippets from Morrison & Morales about the creation of these first two issues, and it also shows off some great conceptual art like this:
There's also a peek at some of the Kryptonian designs by Gene Ha that we'll be seeing more of in upcoming issues. This remains one of the best and most exciting comics out there right now. I can't wait to see what comes next!
Animal Man #2
Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Travel Foreman
Animal Man wowed us all last month, even those of us who were expecting it to be quite good. This issue maintains that momentum, and advances the story nicely as Buddy and Maxine move forward in their journey to the Red. This is a very good issue that you'll love if you enjoyed the first one.
Swamp Thing #2
Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Yanick Paquette
The link between this series and Animal Man gets a bit more clear with this issue, as the swamp Thing we met at the end of last moth's issue lays it all out for Alec Holland, and for us. (Incidentally, the beginning of the issue seemed familiar enough to me that I'm almost positive it was a reference to an old issue of Hellblazer, but I'll need to dig that issue out to make sure. Could just be a coincidence.) Paquette's art seems somehow even more amazing this issue, and it stands out among some absolutely gorgeous books this week. This is a great series that looks to only be improving with each issue.
Writing & Pencils by Dan Didio & Keith Giffen, Inks by Scott Koblish
Between Giffen's masteful channeling of Jack Kirby and the straightforward plot that never fails to make time for explosive battle scenes, this title continues to feel rather like a throwback. That's not a bad thing at all, however, as the nostalgic feeling longtime readers are likely to get from this book can go a long way toward ensuring its continued existence. This issue gives us a bit of a breather in the the beginning, then quickly explodes into large-scale action once again. OMAC may be among the most shallow of the New 52, but it's also one of the most fun.
Written by Paul Cornell, Art by Miguel Sepulveda & Al Barrionuevo
There is a lot going on in this issue, maybe a little too much. It's a bit tough to follow some of the action for a reader who is unfamiliar with most of these characters. It's certainly not bad though, the large cast just requires a bit more work on the reader's part. Like last issue, this is decent and certainly ambitious, but it still feels like it's not quite hitting its stride just yet.
Red Lanterns #2
Written by Peter Milligan, Pencilled by Ed Benes, Inked by Rob Hunter
This issue continues Atrocitus's crisis of faith as he intervenes in an ugly situation on another world to examine the nature of rage an injustice. The story itself is nothing special, but the characterization of the Red Lantern Corps leader is excellent, and turns what could have been a h-hum issue into something better. This series is still moving a bit slow, but it has a definite sense of purpose that makes it feel worthwhile to stick around and watch it unfold.
That's all for today, but come back by tomorrow for the rest of this week's books! Just a reminder, I'm not getting Green Arrow or Hawk and Dove anymore, so we won't be looking at those.