ACTION COMICS #4 will be hitting shelves on 12/7, and with its release comes a few changes to the book according to The Source. The book has been doing dynamite, so far, selling over 200,000 copies for the first issue alone, and issue two selling over 150,000 copies. There are three big changes happening to the book, starting next month, and one of them involves bringing back a cult favorite character.
1) BACKUPS ARE COMING
Starting with #4 (on sale 12/7), ACTION COMICS will now include eight-page backups written by Grant Morrison’s hand-picked choice, Sholly Fisch (writer of THE ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE & THE BOLD). Each one will tie in directly with the 20-page lead story. What’s the backup of #4 about? Well, that brings us to our next “thing you need to know”…
2) STEEL IS MAKING HIS “NEW 52” DEBUT
The lead story in ACTION #4 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales features the debut of the “New 52” Steel! Last we saw of John Henry Irons, in ACTION #2, he had quit his military job in protest over Lex Luthor torturing Superman under General Lane’s command. Now, as the Terminauts lay siege to Metropolis, it’s time for John Henry to put his money where his mouth is and go help Superman defend the city. The backup in #4 ties into the main story by depicting a critical fight between Steel and the brand new Metall-0!
3) BRAD WALKER AND CHRISCROSS TO DRAW BACKUPS
Brad Walker (HEROES FOR HIRE) is drawing the backup in #4. The backups of #5 — spotlighting Ma & Pa Kent — and #6 will be drawn by ChrisCross (SUPERMAN/BATMAN). The backup of #7 sees Brad Walker return to the art, and then #8 — the conclusion of the first storyarc — is one big issue-long epic by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales!
This is also a first look at the brand new Steel, drawn by Brad Walker, based off of a Rags Morales design. This is an early version of Steel, so you can expect his armor to evolve, much like how Superman's outfit will be evolving throughout ACTION COMICS. This version of Steel will take place at the same time as ACTION COMICS.
What do you guys think of the new Steel look? It's pretty cool to see an evolution of the character and his technology rather than John Henry Irons just popping up all "tech'd out." Will this back up entice you to pick up this book?
ACTION COMICS #4, featuring a reintroduction to Steel in a brand new back up, hits stores on December, 7th.