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Eight More Revelations About Superman in ACTION COMICS #6 [Spoilers]

This explosive issue is jam packed with new events to Superman's mythos.

Of all the "New 52" issues, ACTION COMICS is has given us the most new revelations. Superman is still the same character yet we're seeing lots of changes happening to his character. The Superman in ACTION COMICS has had a completely different feel from the current day one in SUPERMAN. The reasons for that and so much more are explained in this issue.

If you haven't read ACTION COMICS #6, you really really need to do yourself a favor and read this issue. There is a lot that happens here. There are plenty of new revelations. There will be some spoilers below but not everything will be revealed (despite us pointing out EIGHT items). Also you really need to see everything to be fully exposed to the awe contained.

== TEASER ==

The Origin of the Different Variations of Kryptonite

We've seen many different colors of Kryptonite with different effects (you can see the different variety on the Kryptonite page). For a while the different kinds were erased from continuity but slowly came back. Now, it's been established that the different varieties do exist. Rather than all being random pieces of energized meteorites from Krypton's explosion, they are now all derived from the same source.

What is this source they all come from? You'll have to read the comic for that. Just know that they can all be grown from the same source.

The Anti-Superman Army

We got a glimpse of this team with a common trait, they all hate Superman. Some members refer to themselves as the "K-Men" and have "K-Powers." We saw last issue when Kal-El's ship was encased by Kryptonian Sunstone, only one member was able to shatter, the one with the metallic gauntlet.

While the members of the Anti-Superman Army or the K-Men are not known, that metallic gauntlet looks familiar. Last issue Zod was also wearing one and obviously would want "revenge on the House of El," as mentioned in that same issue. Zod used that hand to penetrate and reach through the Phantom Zone before Krypton exploded. Could this be Zod or merely a coincidence?

The Original Fortress of Solitude

We saw the interior last issue and here we get to see it from the outside. This Fortress isn't in the cold North Pole but rather the cold of space.

With members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman mentions that they're in the original Fortress of Solitude. This was also when he faced the "Terminaut Invastion."

We still don't know exactly when he set this one up, how exactly he got it or how he traveled back and forth (since he wasn't able to fly at that point).

Also, if this is his original, where is he current Fortress? In JUSTICE LEAGUE he referred to an abandoned printing press as his Fortress as well. Does he have one up North? Does he have several Fortresses? There is still more left to discover.

Superman's Powers

How fast is Superman? We all know he's supposed to be faster than a speeding bullet but when fighting alongside Lightning Man, Superman is able to attack their foe before he can. This means that theoretically, Superman is faster than lightning. How long can he maintain this speed and over how much of a distance is not known.

There's also the matter of Superman's brain, more specifically, his brain tissue. Superman is the Man of Steel. He's invulnerable but what about his insides? There is mention that he possesses "invulnerable brain tissue." Should this be the case? Superman is powered by the Earth's yellow sun so that must power him down to his cells. His entire body is invulnerable.

Was Superman Ever Superboy?

In a visiting Superman's past, we see him as a boy. He wore the cape and did some 'good deeds' but he wasn't acting as an official superhero. He (most likely) never fully dressed up and performed under the guise of Superboy. It seems he did what he did without being seen by others.

It was Pa later that told Clark he needed to use his powers to become a "force for good--a champion--of the downtrodden..."

Superman's First Flight

In the first few issues of ACTION COMICS we've seen that Superman doesn't have the ability or knowledge of how to fly. It turned out he actually was able to fly as a kid...with the help of the Legion and a Flight Ring.

Their first meeting, as seen updated in SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN, still holds. Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy traveled back and met him.

Did Lana Lang & Pete Ross Know About His Powers?

Over the years we've seen some different versions of Clark's childhood. In most cases, both Lana and Pete knew about Clark's special abilities. There has been some tellings of his origin where they didn't both know. That's also what we have here.

In the days before Clark is going to leave Smallville, we see him and Lana sharing a moment together...on the roof of the barn. She talks about him doing what he needs to in the world. With all the things he can do, he has so much to offer the world.

As for Pete, despite Pete's earlier desire to grow up to be a superhero, Clark never confided in him. As he takes a final look around his home, Pete makes a comment to Lana about Clark outside. He's surprised at how good Clark's hearing is when he answers Pete's comment. Clark says it's his his body compensating for his poor vision, telling us that Pete doesn't know the truth.

Superman's Inspiration

What made Clark Kent decide to be a hero? Despite his father asking him to be a champion while on his deathbed, Clark's desire to do good actually goes back further. It was his meeting with the Legion of Super-Heroes that gave him the inspiration. Because of Saturn Girl's telepathy, she was able to see that the day they met was the best day of his life. That was day he realized he wasn't alone with his power and the universe was a bigger place than he realized. It gave him a reason to be a hero.

That's Not All!

Believe it or not, there are still more surprises in this issue! Some of the Legions' Power is different (specifically Lightning Man's when he's angry and what was up with his arm?). When did Pa die? When did Clark leave (and what happened to the farm)? And much much more. This is not an issue of ACTION COMICS to miss.

42 Comments
Posted by clemj

superman's incredible i'm not jokin'

Posted by Dernman

I don't care about spoilers. I had to read the article and now I want to read the issue even more.

Posted by DarkChris

@clemj said:

superman's incredible i'm not jokin'

This.

Posted by TheHT

I wanna know who that cyclops-cyborg-cowboy is.

Posted by Herx

Kewl. Me-sa-likie the legion veeeery much. But just a few general questions? When does this issue take place? and did they really call Garth Lighting man?

Posted by mbembet

Batman > superman

Posted by azza04

It was a dam good issue.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Why is the LoSH so different in this than there own book?

Posted by Dernman

@spiderbat87 said:

Why is the LoSH so different in this than there own book?

I don't know but I wish their book was more like here.

Posted by SmoothJammin

Why haven't I been onboard with this series yet... :l

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Dernman said:

@spiderbat87 said:

Why is the LoSH so different in this than there own book?

I don't know but I wish their book was more like here.

Different powers, costumes an being able to time travel, it doesn't make sense.
Posted by Dernman

@spiderbat87 said:

@Dernman said:

@spiderbat87 said:

Why is the LoSH so different in this than there own book?

I don't know but I wish their book was more like here.

Different powers, costumes an being able to time travel, it doesn't make sense.

Maybe it's from a point where they could Time Travel. In LOSH it was suggested that the no Time Travel thing was a recent event. Also there was some changing of history right? Maybe these changes some how end up changing things for LOSH nd that's why they are different.

Posted by Mbecks14

I can't wait for the trade!!!

I wish they had gotten a consistent artist though. I mean this is ACTION COMICS. A high profile book like this deserves a high profile, consistent artist. Not a whole revolving door of artists. And to be honest, there's better talent out there. Andy Kubert's art is vastly over rated and incredibly inconsistent. He'll have some great panels and then some panels that make me question his abilities.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Dernman said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Dernman said:

@spiderbat87 said:

Why is the LoSH so different in this than there own book?

I don't know but I wish their book was more like here.

Different powers, costumes an being able to time travel, it doesn't make sense.

Maybe it's from a point where they could Time Travel. In LOSH it was suggested that the no Time Travel thing was a recent event. Also there was some changing of history right? Maybe these changes some how end up changing things for LOSH nd that's why they are different.

The no time travel thing came from the Flashpoint Event messing up the time stream
Posted by GothamRed

@TheHT: that's not a sentence you usually get to say, but when you do, you enjoy it

Posted by Sammo21

I'm not crazy about this artwork. Superman's face looks so weird.

Posted by Eyz

(...)the past, This past.

whaaaa..??!

The Legion know about Flashpoint and the New 52??...

Posted by LordRequiem

Wow, a lot to take in here.

Posted by cagedleo730

Time travel is still possible. It's just that it's nearly impossible to jump safely (see Legion Lost) to the time period around Flashpoint (present day). That's why the Legion is able to visit young Clark (that time is probably outside the Flashpoint bubble). The adult Legion is different because they are older. It's probably taken a few years to get around the Flashpoint effect (probably solved by Brainiac 5). A lot can happen in those in between years (Garth's arm)

Posted by Dedpool

I must say that the Superman changes rock!!

Posted by mattydeNero

@Mbecks14 said:

I can't wait for the trade!!!

I wish they had gotten a consistent artist though. I mean this is ACTION COMICS. A high profile book like this deserves a high profile, consistent artist. Not a whole revolving door of artists. And to be honest, there's better talent out there. Andy Kubert's art is vastly over rated and incredibly inconsistent. He'll have some great panels and then some panels that make me question his abilities.

Completely disagree. Action Comics has always been a 3 and out type of book. Superman is where you need a consistent artist on it for 8-12-14 issues at a time. Action has always been a change up book aside from the Byrne years where each month it was "Superman and/vs. (insert hero)". I understand totally that right now, this book is better than Superman but Grant Morrison, I think, prefers to change the scenery from arc to arc.

Posted by BlackArmor

That's right ladies his whole body is invulnerable

Posted by KidSupreme

AMAZING :D

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

I really am ready to read the first arc, issues 1-6, and from what I've been seeing on differences I'm ready to be pleasantly surprised! As for these changes, I say they are fine. Just not sure about the Legion being the inspiration for Superman instead of his father, kinda takes away from the whole "truth, justice, and the American way" bit. But I guess that's what this whole New 52 is about, new beginnings. Bring it on!

Posted by Mbecks14

@mattydee007 said:

@Mbecks14 said:

I can't wait for the trade!!!

I wish they had gotten a consistent artist though. I mean this is ACTION COMICS. A high profile book like this deserves a high profile, consistent artist. Not a whole revolving door of artists. And to be honest, there's better talent out there. Andy Kubert's art is vastly over rated and incredibly inconsistent. He'll have some great panels and then some panels that make me question his abilities.

Completely disagree. Action Comics has always been a 3 and out type of book. Superman is where you need a consistent artist on it for 8-12-14 issues at a time. Action has always been a change up book aside from the Byrne years where each month it was "Superman and/vs. (insert hero)". I understand totally that right now, this book is better than Superman but Grant Morrison, I think, prefers to change the scenery from arc to arc.

Action comics rotates every arc or so, but not every 3 issues. Luthor's Black Ring saga had the same artist for multiple issues, same with the Nightwing/Flamebird saga, Gary Frank was on for a long time. So there's usually been consistent art. I think it's a bad thing when comics have multiple artists in the same issue and even issue to issue. It's too inconsistent and makes it difficult to keep up with what's happening. I think from arc to arc is fine, but scene to scene like in issue 2, is a problem. I doubt Morrison prefers to work with multiple artists like this. THat's too many people to collaborate with. Morrison's strongest work is when he's got an artist helping him define the style of the story, specifically with Quietly. Look at Final Crisis, there ended up being a dozen artists working on the one title, and it was kind of a mess.

Posted by laabitres

lovin the n ew superman changes :P

Posted by Jekylhyde14

@spiderbat87 said:

@Dernman said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Dernman said:

@spiderbat87 said:

Why is the LoSH so different in this than there own book?

I don't know but I wish their book was more like here.

Different powers, costumes an being able to time travel, it doesn't make sense.

Maybe it's from a point where they could Time Travel. In LOSH it was suggested that the no Time Travel thing was a recent event. Also there was some changing of history right? Maybe these changes some how end up changing things for LOSH nd that's why they are different.

The no time travel thing came from the Flashpoint Event messing up the time stream

Right, but obviously these Legionnaires are older than their counterparts in the Legion of Superheroes book because their costumes are different and it's Lightning "Man" instead of Lightning "Lad." Apparently the Legion solves the Time-Travel problem at some point in their own future which makes sense since they've got to save their Legion Lost members at some point, right? So it makes sense that these Legionnaires can travel through time.

I thought this issue was perfect because it gave you everything you needed to know about Superman's childhood (except what killed his parents, that is). I'm also glad I was right about Grant bringing Superman's perfect memory recall back. I thought that's what was happening with his dream about the collector attacking Krypton and he confirmed it in this issue.

Posted by huser

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

I really am ready to read the first arc, issues 1-6, and from what I've been seeing on differences I'm ready to be pleasantly surprised! As for these changes, I say they are fine. Just not sure about the Legion being the inspiration for Superman instead of his father, kinda takes away from the whole "truth, justice, and the American way" bit. But I guess that's what this whole New 52 is about, new beginnings. Bring it on!

I kinda like how cyclical it is. The Legion founders went back in time to inspire a young boy to embrace his great destiny. He in turn established a heroic legacy that would last for millenia and would inspire three young people to become heroes themselves and for the Legion.

Posted by Primmaster64

Need the book.

Posted by RedOwl_1

This is definitely one of my 3 favourites, is completely awesome, also Morrison gave me the first travelling-through-time story I understand in the first read. The back-up is very sweet

@BlackArmor said:

That's right ladies his whole body is invulnerable

Yeah! more for us... but after all Bruce stills being the billionaire playboy, so... sorry Clark girls like attractive and strong men... with bunches of money :D

Posted by Fantasgasmic

F*ck the Legion of Superheroes! They're so lame and such a dated concept. They work the least with the rest of the DCU. They never should've survived into the New 52, or past Crisis on Infinite Earths for that matter. Saying the Legion is Superman's inspiration for being a superhero is terrible. I guess since they stupidly killed off his parents, having his father's death be his inspiration would be too Batman-esque, but they're trying to fix one mistake with another.

Posted by The Impersonator

What about Ma Kent?

Posted by modaman

@TheHT: He looks like a combination of Iron Man and Cad Bane from the Clone Wars

Posted by modaman

@Fantasgasmic said:

F*ck the Legion of Superheroes! They're so lame and such a dated concept. They work the least with the rest of the DCU. They never should've survived into the New 52, or past Crisis on Infinite Earths for that matter. Saying the Legion is Superman's inspiration for being a superhero is terrible. I guess since they stupidly killed off his parents, having his father's death be his inspiration would be too Batman-esque, but they're trying to fix one mistake with another.

While I'm not the biggest fan of the Legion, I definitely don't think they're the main inspiration for Clark becoming Superman. I think the issue clearly shows that Pa Kent's words are the inspiration for the hero that Superman becomes, while the Legion show the young Clark that there are others like him and give him a sense of adventure.

Posted by TheHT

@modaman said:

@TheHT: He looks like a combination of Iron Man and Cad Bane from the Clone Wars

He also looks a lot like Earth-982 Franklin Richards.

Franklin Richards MC2
Posted by Mr Mofo

I've always been a little ashamed to like Superman in the past. This series makes up for that. I love how Grant tried explaining why Superman is acting like a dick in the Superman comic. I wonder if that was how it's supposed to be or if Grant is trying to throw them a bone.

Posted by Vaeternus

Awesome how Supes is more powerful and similar in some ways to oldschool Superman. Not quite "SA power" but definitely seems more then he currently was before the new 52 JL reboot.

P.S. seems they took some cues/ideas from Smallville lol. Lana, Pete knowing Clark has powers? Yeah...I like :)

Posted by The Qu

All right boyos, a few things.

The Anti-Superman Army includes Terra Man and Susie Thompkins, pre-exisitng characters re-imagined. Dr. Xa-Du is the Kryptonian with the gauntlet. Xa-Du was reffered to as Doctor in this issue and Susie was reffered to by name.

The Legion in this issue are from five years from the present. They are probably a take on the Legion of Adult Superheroes from the Silver Age. Lighting Man's arm is that way because he lost an arm to the Super Moby Dick from Space in the Silver Age and had it replaced with a metal arm. This carried over to the original Legion when they returned a few years ago.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

The idea of the LOSH inspiring Superboy was actually used in "Legion of 3 Worlds". I like the writer reusing it!

Posted by Xadnem23

On the question of Lightning Man's arm, compare to old continuity where he lost an arm, became a super villain controlled by the bionic replacement, then had a new bio arm regrown (c.f. "Starfinger").

Posted by Or35ti

I seriously cannot wait to pick this up next week! So much awesomeness :)

Posted by red-leader-xiii

cool never read superman