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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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Edited by sesquipedalophobe

@Benuben: I'm sure it will all roll back to that, but till then he can punch cancer in the face, shake down politicians for their milk money and eat Batman's suit. It's going to provide a morals on advantage in the battle threads. In fact, Superman threads won't be called anything as neutral as "Superman versus pre-Flashpoint Mongul," but "Superman punches pre-Flashback Mongul in the face" where people will simply agree that it's good.

Posted by Jekylhyde14
@FalcomAdol said:
@Jekylhyde14 said:

I've always thought his Superman was right on the money and closer in characterization to what he should be than the Post-Crisis version of the man. Grant obviously concentrates more on creating interesting plots than making his stories character driven with things like "how will Superman react to Perry White's cancer" or "how will Lois maintain her feminist identity while being married to Clark," but, honestly, that's why I like him. It makes his writing unique and I still get a feel for who the characters are in every situation. Do we really need Stan Lee character development in every superhero book? 

I feel like Quitely's art creates the "golden-age" characterization in All Star Superman. The layouts, liberal (but not exclusive) use of smaller panels and wide shots of full height characters in panels, that sort of thing. Morrison's glacially paced puzzle-box story is perfect for that context as well. Superman has rarely been criticized for having much of a personality anyway.  We don't need Stan Lee in every book, that's why there's more than one comic book company left today.  Maybe I'm a little grumpy from having just read all of Morrison's Batman stuff from Batman & Son through Batman & Robin including Final Crisis. If I NEVER read another book by Morrison, I think I would die happier than I am right now. I understand the technical brilliance of it, I can understand how someone else might like it, I also don't want to read it anymore ever. To steal from Tony: "it's good but not great." And as when he says it, when I say it, I mean that I don't want to read it and I think it's awful but I know that if i just come out and say that then people will take it badly so I'll just say it's not great instead of saying it's bad. (But I think Morrison's writing is bad).  Maybe it's too harsh. Hopefully the book is good for someone.
It was ONLY Quitely's art? Morrison's scripting and panel descriptions had NOTHING to do with it? And how much more personality can Morrison give Superman judging from that Action Comics #1 preview? He's got him torturing corrupt businessmen  and taunting cops. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't make anyone like something they don't connect with. My original point was that it was unfair to say that Grant is bad at writing characters. He's always taken risks with his characters. He writes transvestite magicians, cranky men with robot bodies, and a Batman who isn't constantly brooding. His characterizations are bold, stretch him as a writer, and force the reader to deal with different types of people. The bad characterization label that's been laid on him seems, to me, to stem from people who just want to read the same kinds of characters over and over again. 
Posted by FalcomAdol
@Jekylhyde14 said:
It was ONLY Quitely's art? Morrison's scripting and panel descriptions had NOTHING to do with it? And how much more personality can Morrison give Superman judging from that Action Comics #1 preview? He's got him torturing corrupt businessmen  and taunting cops. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't make anyone like something they don't connect with. My original point was that it was unfair to say that Grant is bad at writing characters. He's always taken risks with his characters. He writes transvestite magicians, cranky men with robot bodies, and a Batman who isn't constantly brooding. His characterizations are bold, stretch him as a writer, and force the reader to deal with different types of people. The bad characterization label that's been laid on him seems, to me, to stem from people who just want to read the same kinds of characters over and over again. 
I don't know how Morrison writes. Most writers seem to, at the most, do basic layouts. The hunch to Clark Kent's back when he's walking across the street with Lois, the slightly rumpled suit, these are details that Quitely put on the page, and they create the characterization. When he's standing in front of the mirror of truth and fidgeting with his glasses, that's the art, and I don't think it's Morrison's script.
 
I think Quitely put more character on the page in All Star Superman than Morrison did.
 
You disagree. We can survive this.
Posted by Jekylhyde14
@FalcomAdol said:
@Jekylhyde14 said:
It was ONLY Quitely's art? Morrison's scripting and panel descriptions had NOTHING to do with it? And how much more personality can Morrison give Superman judging from that Action Comics #1 preview? He's got him torturing corrupt businessmen  and taunting cops. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't make anyone like something they don't connect with. My original point was that it was unfair to say that Grant is bad at writing characters. He's always taken risks with his characters. He writes transvestite magicians, cranky men with robot bodies, and a Batman who isn't constantly brooding. His characterizations are bold, stretch him as a writer, and force the reader to deal with different types of people. The bad characterization label that's been laid on him seems, to me, to stem from people who just want to read the same kinds of characters over and over again. 
I don't know how Morrison writes. Most writers seem to, at the most, do basic layouts. The hunch to Clark Kent's back when he's walking across the street with Lois, the slightly rumpled suit, these are details that Quitely put on the page, and they create the characterization. When he's standing in front of the mirror of truth and fidgeting with his glasses, that's the art, and I don't think it's Morrison's script.  I think Quitely put more character on the page in All Star Superman than Morrison did.  You disagree. We can survive this.
And so we shall...
Posted by CosmicGod432

Gosh i love the new costume. I hated the red under where thing.