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Action Comics #1 Preview: Superman Has Zero Tolerance for Crime

Superman Takes a Cue from the Batman school of crimefighting courtesy of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales.

Next week we'll see the first batch of DC's "The New 52" including Superman's early appearance in this new universe in Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' Action Comics #1.

We already know that this version of Superman looks a little different from the cover images we've seen. Superman is wearing a t-shirt, jeans and work boots. It turns out his looks aren't the only things that are different. Check out preview yahoo news posted.

== TEASER ==

Is this the Superman you know?

Jim Lee Variant

Looks like we'll have something to talk about next week when the issue lands in stores.

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Posted by Bat_Mite51
@FadeToBlackBolt: Well in JL#1, remember its still set 5 years ago, so maybe by the end of this arc, they will maybe have grown up a bit after fighting off whatever evil they went up against that had them team up. I mean its only the first issue, there is still plenty of time for character development.
Posted by Roldan
@Aiden Cross said:
@Sekele said:
@Aiden Cross said:

Ditto.  This is just not the Superman I know and grew up with. Superman, in my eyes, should be the example for everyone. This guy however, just isn't. He may have Superman powers, he may wear the symbol and look like him. But he just isn't Superman to me (yet). Maybe it'll be different later on.
 And yet, he is EXACTLY how his creators Siegel and Shuster intended him to be  The version you grew-up with was a result of decades of character developed and executive meddling   This version could be considered Superman in his purest form 
That's your opinion and you're completely entitled to that. I just disagree with your assassment that it's Superman in his purest form. It's just Superman in his earliest form. I'll quote what I said before:
 
@Aiden Cross said:
They moved away from his Golden Age character and motivations for a reason and build him up to how we know him today. If this is just a tribute to his Golden Age years and he'll go back to the Supes we know (or at least close to him) then i'm fine with it. But just because he was this way in the Golden Age, doesn't mean he should be this way now.
This is just the first issue. Things will happen that will change him to the man we know today, or at least something that has the potential to become that man that we know today.
Edited by MrCipher

What the heck is this? Ultimates Supes? Blechhh.....
Maybe they'll dress Bats in a black hoodie and black jeans next and WW can fight crime in a cocktail dress too!
 
Oh and Supe's cape attached to the t-shirt makes him look like a gigantic 5 year old PRETENDING to be the real thing.

Posted by GraphicCasualFreak

Some panels I love, others.... I think maybe his face needs to be drawn a little more consistently. I STILL can't wait to read the full issue. Action Comics is great, no reason to believe this one will be any different.

Posted by noj
@ReVamp said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
I love Grant Morrison, but I do not like that preview at all. That's just not who Superman is. Of course, he may learn humility (and make JL #1 even more pointless), or stay a jerk, so we'll just have to wait and see. 
These are both set during the same Time period. Five years ago. He'll grow up.
 I think this takes place quite awhile before the events of JL #1, probably at least five years before it, so maybe ten years before the present. If we are to accept that in this new universe Superman was the first superhero, he probably debuted right before, or around the same time as Batman, who should have been operating at least five years, probably more before the formation of the Justice League.
Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Anyone notice is is also not flying?  He is running really fast.  Just like in the original comics by Seigel and Shuster, before the radio show added that he could fly and that was brought into the comics.

Posted by sentryman555

I can't believe people are talking about how superman hasn't changed from this time to JL #1. we only saw the guy for like 2 pages in that issue! How can people judge what he's like from that.

Posted by ReVamp
@noj said:
@ReVamp said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
I love Grant Morrison, but I do not like that preview at all. That's just not who Superman is. Of course, he may learn humility (and make JL #1 even more pointless), or stay a jerk, so we'll just have to wait and see. 
These are both set during the same Time period. Five years ago. He'll grow up.
 I think this takes place quite awhile before the events of JL #1, probably at least five years before it, so maybe ten years before the present. If we are to accept that in this new universe Superman was the first superhero, he probably debuted right before, or around the same time as Batman, who should have been operating at least five years, probably more before the formation of the Justice League.
No. That's highly unlikely.
Posted by Billy Batson

Excellent. 

BB

Posted by Primmaster64

Awesome

Posted by Grimoire

I'm on the fence with this one. Its good he goes after more than the normal super crook or mechanical nightmare but in all honesty this approach just wouldn't work IMO. Trying to fight evil on every layer of humanity is like saying beat up more than half the population on earth. lol

Posted by noj
@ReVamp said:
@noj said:
@ReVamp said: . 
These are both set during the same Time period. Five years ago. He'll grow up.
 I think this takes place quite awhile before the events of JL #1, probably at least five years before it, so maybe ten years before the present. If we are to accept that in this new universe Superman was the first superhero, he probably debuted right before, or around the same time as Batman, who should have been operating at least five years, probably more before the formation of the Justice League.
No. That's highly unlikely.
How come? I remember hearing an interview somewhere that said that Batman had been active awhile as an "urban myth" before what is going to be his public debut in the Justice League. He had to have been if  his son Damian being 10 in the present makes any sense at all. Same with all the other Robin's tenures. That means that he has probably been Batman for at least 12 years before whats going to be the present, and like I said if Superman is going to have been the first Superhero he would have to have debuted just before Batman became Batman,
Edited by xkoenig
@Sekele said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

I love Grant Morrison, but I do not like that preview at all. That's just not who Superman is. Of course, he may learn humility (and make JL #1 even more pointless), or stay a jerk, so we'll just have to wait and see. 
Actually, this is EXACTLY how he used to be during his early years 
Exactly. This is a direct homage to the story in the original Action Comics #1 where Superman terrifies a corrupt senator into confessing his crimes (check out pages 12 and 13):
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug02/yeung/actioncomics/cover.html
Supes started off very much as an action man. He had no hesitation stepping in where he thought he needed to. People need to stop thinking they know who Superman is by what he has been through the 90's and 2000s. This is a fresh start.
Posted by Primmaster64
@xkoenig: its not the same Superman. So yeah people need to stop whining.
Posted by Decept-O

Wow, they did a great job of making Superman look a bit younger here and I like the action portrayed. Initially I didn't like this but now I am interested. Will I ever make up my mind about this? Ha!

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

I saw a cover tyhat said it was $3.99
Its that true?  What about the drawing the line at 2.99?

Posted by xkoenig
@ArtisticNeedham said:
I saw a cover tyhat said it was $3.99 Its that true?  What about the drawing the line at 2.99?
There is no line. Some comics will be $3.99
Posted by Kal'smahboi
@ArtisticNeedham said:
Anyone notice is is also not flying?  He is running really fast.  Just like in the original comics by Seigel and Shuster, before the radio show added that he could fly and that was brought into the comics.
He's at the beginning stages of flight in Action. He mostly runs and jumps but is supposedly "just getting off the ground" with flight.
Posted by kevin88wk

the sort of civilian costume sucks i much prefer the fully armored costume

Posted by ReVamp
@noj said:
@ReVamp said:

How come? I remember hearing an interview somewhere that said that Batman had been active awhile as an "urban myth" before what is going to be his public debut in the Justice League. He had to have been if  his son Damian being 10 in the present makes any sense at all. Same with all the other Robin's tenures. That means that he has probably been Batman for at least 12 years before whats going to be the present, and like I said if Superman is going to have been the first Superhero he would have to have debuted just before Batman became Batman,
That statement is for the current timeline. All comics take place during this time except Action Comics, where you get to see the first superhero, JLA to see their origin and possibly Superboy. The rest of the comics are going to be in present day, thus why Batman has been around some time. As for the Robins issue, all of them are going to be compact and Damian is going to have artificial aging. 
IF he had been around for at least 12 years then there would be no point in making them younger and erasing continuity for the DC Revamp. They'd just put them in different costumes and "let's go". Superman did debut before Batman, at least publicly.
Posted by Primmaster64

LOL look what bleeding cool did!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Looks great! I have no problem with Superman being a bit more forceful just like he was in his earliest days of the Golden Age incarnation.  It actually is starting to coincide well with how this New DCU's emphasis is on the public being wary and frightened by superhumans, metahumans and mutants.  Way to go Morrison! Can't wait till next week :)

Posted by Roldan
@kevin88wk said:
the sort of civilian costume sucks i much prefer the fully armored costume
Well this is basically the first suit ever which seems about right. I bet that suit won't be around after 5 to 6 issues.
Posted by Jekylhyde14
@xkoenig said:
@Sekele said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

I love Grant Morrison, but I do not like that preview at all. That's just not who Superman is. Of course, he may learn humility (and make JL #1 even more pointless), or stay a jerk, so we'll just have to wait and see. 
Actually, this is EXACTLY how he used to be during his early years 
Exactly. This is a direct homage to the story in the original Action Comics #1 where Superman terrifies a corrupt senator into confessing his crimes (check out pages 12 and 13):http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ug02/yeung/actioncomics/cover.html Supes started off very much as an action man. He had no hesitation stepping in where he thought he needed to. People need to stop thinking they know who Superman is by what he has been through the 90's and 2000s. This is a fresh start.
I'm glad someone else mentioned this scene from the original Action Comics #1. That's exactly what Grant is trying to do here. I love this preview. This is Superman the way I want to see him: The social crusader who eventually evolved into mankind's greatest champion. I can't wait for next Wednesday. Forget the haters because this is Superman. 
Posted by Comicfan47

It actually looks like superman has a giant foot in one of the pannels and it looks like hes going to crush the building with his foot

Posted by lagoonman

love it, cant wait

Posted by azza04

@Primmaster64 said:

LOL look what bleeding cool did!

Thats F***ING awesome!

Posted by War Killer

I like how Superman's more a cocky jerk here instead of being born with the whole "Truth, Justice, and the America way!" burned into his mind. Be interesting to see how Clark grows from cocky superhero to the world's most famous superhero. But from what it seems in Justice League, he still seems to be a little bit cocky which personally I like.

Posted by noj
@xkoenig said:
@ArtisticNeedham said:
I saw a cover tyhat said it was $3.99 Its that true?  What about the drawing the line at 2.99?
There is no line. Some comics will be $3.99
The line is still technically drawn, it just that the first few issues are going to be oversized and the 2.99 line never applied to those in the first place. If an issue is oversized, it will be 3.99.
@ReVamp
Where did you hear about the artificially aging Damian thing?
Posted by Primmaster64
@azza04 said:

@Primmaster64 said:

LOL look what bleeding cool did!

Thats F***ING awesome!

Hell to the Yeah.
 
@War Killer
XD
Posted by otzlowe

I, for one, am glad that things are being mixed up. Treating comic book characters as immutable objects that can only be one way is pretty much inherently boring. Superman could be a deranged murder and I would be stoked because it would be something new.

Posted by ReVamp
@Primmaster64 said:
@azza04 said:

@Primmaster64 said:

LOL look what bleeding cool did!

Thats F***ING awesome!

Hell to the Yeah.
 
@War Killer: XD
HEY! That's Batman's... Oh NVM.
Posted by ReVamp
@noj said:
@xkoenig said:
@ArtisticNeedham said:
I saw a cover tyhat said it was $3.99 Its that true?  What about the drawing the line at 2.99?
There is no line. Some comics will be $3.99
The line is still technically drawn, it just that the first few issues are going to be oversized and the 2.99 line never applied to those in the first place. If an issue is oversized, it will be 3.99.
@ReVamp: Where did you hear about the artificially aging Damian thing?
He was artificially created, not sure if his age had anything to do with it previously, but I'm sure its possilbe to add that without too much problem.
Posted by greenarrows

Jim Lee Variant much better :)

Posted by Planewalker

Now this is more like it c'mon no one with the level of superpowers this great would not act a little cocky

Posted by Sekele
@Aiden Cross said:

They moved away from his Golden Age character and motivations for a reason and build him up to how we know him today.
 
The reason for them changing his character was because the censorship laws of that era (red scare and everything) forbade comics making any form of social critique or negative portrayal of authority figures, not because the writers would have wanted it that way 
Posted by King Quisling

I wanna check this out but Morrison himself said "I feel this book isn't going to go anywhere." and "This is all a desperate attempt of getting people to buy these book." Makes me worried for how much effort he'll actually put into writing a good story with excellent pay-off.

Posted by kapitein_zeppos

I belong the school of thought that considers Superman to be an icon, the guiding light and the example to follow.  A noble man who tries with every fibre of his being to do the right thing.
 
The Superman in this preview to me looks like an icon for the "Booyah" crowd who still think that the deluge of poorly written 90's borderline psychos is the pinnacle of comicdom.
 
DC is rewriting itself for a major media offensive, going after Marvel to produce movies/games etc.  And it reminds me of the mid-eighties when WB thought they could just muscle DC into submission as a property pool and serve WB's needs.  The people at DC didn't like that heavy-handed approach and showed at least some signs of artistic integrity and refused to bow to WB, upon which WB decided that Superheroes weren't that hot after all (letting Batman slide into nipplegate etc ...).  Of course it took WB quite a while to understand their mistake, at least until Marvel got their act together.
 
Come 2011, DC is now a bonafide property pool.  Their characters have been redesigned to be effortlessly inserted into other media, without breaking the continuity or the "Yellow Spandex incident" about costumes in comics and on screen.
 
It's a very smart move by DC, and it has great potential.
 
I'm not overly impressed by this preview, but I'm curious to see how this turns out.

Posted by phantom64

Oh what the hell DC?  The reboot wasn't enough, you had to go and turn Superman into fricking Batman? What don't you understand when we say "WE LIKE SUPERMAN AS A BOY SCOUT" DC?! This isn't Superman, this is freaking Batman with super powers. 
 
Shame on you Grant Morrison. 

Posted by Jekylhyde14
@King Quisling said:
I wanna check this out but Morrison himself said "I feel this book isn't going to go anywhere." and "This is all a desperate attempt of getting people to buy these book." Makes me worried for how much effort he'll actually put into writing a good story with excellent pay-off.
When did he say all this? 
Posted by redwingx

God i hope they know what their doing because Superman isn't just another superhero. People are suppose to look up to Superman. People Tries to become like him everyday. 

Posted by slick23
@Aiden Cross said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
I love Grant Morrison, but I do not like that preview at all. That's just not who Superman is. Of course, he may learn humility (and make JL #1 even more pointless), or stay a jerk, so we'll just have to wait and see. 
Ditto.  This is just not the Superman I know and grew up with. Superman, in my eyes, should be the example for everyone. This guy however, just isn't. He may have Superman powers, he may wear the symbol and look like him. But he just isn't Superman to me (yet). Maybe it'll be different later on.
Yeah but you can't have the same ol' superman right of the bat. As you said, "Superman that you grew up" Meaning there was a LOT OF PROGRESS BEHIND HIM. Let's give him a couple of issues, and then we decide. But for now, I wonder how much of an impact Ma and Pa kent teaching will have on this new farmboy looking superman? can't wait!
Posted by Jekylhyde14
@King Quisling said:
I wanna check this out but Morrison himself said "I feel this book isn't going to go anywhere." and "This is all a desperate attempt of getting people to buy these book." Makes me worried for how much effort he'll actually put into writing a good story with excellent pay-off.
Alright, I found the interview you're referring to: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/grant-morrison-on-the-death-of-comics-20110822 
 
You misquoted him a bit. He's asked if the move of rebooting was done in desperation and he says there may be an air of that only because sales are currently so low. He was trying to outline the fact that the industry isn't doing so well economically so the publisher is trying to do whatever it can to stay up (like any good business). However, he says that he thinks the quality of the books are better than ever, but no one wants to pay for them because they can get everything for free on the Internet. Which is the real-world problem facing the comic industry. At no point does he say his Action Comics isn't going anywhere. I believe he's still very invested in superhero comics and thinks it's a shame what's happening. The fact that he's admitting there's a problem doesn't mean he's given up. He took the Action Comics job, after all. 
Posted by slick23
@phantom64@phantom64 said:
Oh what the hell DC?  The reboot wasn't enough, you had to go and turn Superman into fricking Batman? What don't you understand when we say "WE LIKE SUPERMAN AS A BOY SCOUT" DC?! This isn't Superman, this is freaking Batman with super powers.   Shame on you Grant Morrison. 
Calm down brah, superman is still superman. Remember he IS YOUNG, he will LEARN A LOT through experience, fighting his villains etc etc etc. And will stick to his Justice, thats what make Superman so great, he always stick on his code and that is not to kill. Maybe Morrison is setting up Superman for some moral fight later on, but srsly, people need to tone it down on disliking this.
Posted by GraveSp
@sparty-dbq said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@GraveSp said:
It kinda seems like Superman is going to be fighting a different type of crime in the beginning which is interesting.  Its not every day that a superhero goes after the guy with the corrupt business practices.  And if he is going after businessmen it could be the starting point for the Luther animosity.  And honestly it seems to be an effective way of getting a confession 
Under duress though, it's completely inadmissible in any court. The police probably wouldn't even bother arresting the guy.  
I was gonna say the exact same thing.  This is gonna be Supes' first lesson in how the law works.
Well the Comic book courts may be a little bit more forgiving of those confessions under duress if there was also evidence.  Also though the initial confession may be inadmissible the person may confess again out of fear that superman may come back for him which could be a more admissible confession.  Courts in comic books never really seemed to be a big issue because when we think about courts its with our ideas of the legal system and that is incompatible with superheros and super villains.  
Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

I'm not sure what to make of this, it looks like Superman, but that sure doesn't sound like Superman. I'll give it a shot none the less, but I do hope we see him mature and cool down when the series progresses.

But, just from the preview, this isn't what I was expecting at all, I'm almost disappointed, especially the dialogue, it just feels..off.

Posted by hitechlolife

It's not the Superman I know but it's damned sure one I want to read about. White collar criminals are who people are defenseless against in this day and age. The justice system lets us down here more than any other area. I think it's genius for Morrison to have Supes step in.

Posted by Jekylhyde14
@GraveSp said:
@sparty-dbq said:
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
@GraveSp said:
It kinda seems like Superman is going to be fighting a different type of crime in the beginning which is interesting.  Its not every day that a superhero goes after the guy with the corrupt business practices.  And if he is going after businessmen it could be the starting point for the Luther animosity.  And honestly it seems to be an effective way of getting a confession 
Under duress though, it's completely inadmissible in any court. The police probably wouldn't even bother arresting the guy.  
I was gonna say the exact same thing.  This is gonna be Supes' first lesson in how the law works.
Well the Comic book courts may be a little bit more forgiving of those confessions under duress if there was also evidence.  Also though the initial confession may be inadmissible the person may confess again out of fear that superman may come back for him which could be a more admissible confession.  Courts in comic books never really seemed to be a big issue because when we think about courts its with our ideas of the legal system and that is incompatible with superheros and super villains.  
Well, regardless of whether the confession is admissible or not doesn't seem to be the point. The fact remains that the law was obviously doing nothing about Mr. Glenmorgan's crimes. In fact, Mr. Glenmorgan believed the law was built to protect him despite his own corruption, and he seems to be right. Let's say they don't accept the confession Superman got out of him in court. He still confessed and the whole scene drew a crowd meaning there were many witnesses to this confession. The story will spread and Glenmorgan will be convicted in the realm of public opinion which can be deadly to a businessman. He also now understands that Superman is monitoring his behavior and could return to bother him if he continues his unjust practices. If the law was doing anything about Glenmorgan in the first place then Superman would have no reason to be there. Why worry about the law's technicalities if you've already decided to circumvent it? That's the point. 
Posted by mikeclark1982

WOW! a batman like demeanor with spider man snark! WIN!

Posted by JonesDeini
@FadeToBlackBolt said:
I love Grant Morrison, but I do not like that preview at all. That's just not who Superman is. Of course, he may learn humility (and make JL #1 even more pointless), or stay a jerk, so we'll just have to wait and see. 
Ironically if we took a kid who just read Action Comics #1 and gave him a modern Superman book he'd say that ours was illegitimate. The Superman he knew had just opened a can of whoop ass on an abusive husband and dangled a corrupt politician over a balcony Suge Knight style. I like Morrison's return to the classic (and in my opinion more interesting) social crusader, populist Supes. I'm tempted to read this book, but I'm worried that at some point Morrison will do all the things I dislike in his modern works. 
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