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Action Comics #25 - Zero Year: Stormbreaker; Lunch Break Review

5

A Zero Year tie-in! Clark deals with trying to save the world without all his powers.

The Good

Before Clark/Kal officially became the Superman everyone knows from the New 52, he was a cocky chap in jeans and a t-shirt. Greg Pak takes over writing and Aaron Kuder on art in this Zero Year story. Superman takes down some local bad guys, then tries his best to help out Gotham City by stopping a hurricane in its tracks.

This is the Superman that I like to see. He doesn't have all of his powers. He's young and extremely cocky. ACTION COMICS #25 really deals more with Kal-El's limits as a budding hero. Prepare for Superman to get frustrated and take some pretty risky chances because he does it quite a bit in this issue. Writer Greg Pak gives the reader a really great look into the early years of a boy becoming a hero. He's a bit immature (Superman, not Pak) and it shows in one scene where Superman laughs at one of the villains he caught, who starts to cry. His narration really shows this more, throughout the issue. It's a great guide through the story and gives us more insight to Kal's thought process as a younger hero.

At one point, I thought to myself "Did Aaron Kuder (artist) just want to put Kal into as many epic-looking panels as possible?" If not, he still accomplishes it at every turn. Kuder's art, along with Arif Prianto's colors, are utter brilliance. There are two very stand-out moments in this issue. The first one is in the opening, featuring Kal holding a truck over his head. The colors and shading are vibrant and extremely pleasing. By far, the coolest panel here features Kal, in the ocean, screaming upwards. Kuder shows some fantastic emotion through the character's face, and the hints of color on the Superman emblem really make it pop out.

Kuder also does some fantastic things with page layouts. He uses the outline of his emblem as one panel and later on, uses a circular panel to move the story and to also represent the sound coming out of his "shakooom" clap. Visually, this was my favorite book of the week.

The Bad

It's just me, but I'm not the biggest Lana Lang fan. It's a weak critique, but this issue really won me over.

The Verdict

I'm not a Superman fan, but ACTION COMICS #25 was incredibly pleasing. Pak's vision of a young hero really grabbed me, and it didn't hurt that the art of Kuder and colors of Prianto were nothing short of amazing. Superman just didn't become Superman overnight. He had to learn how to be that role model for the world. There's going to be this transitional phase where the character is emotional, immature, and sometimes makes rash decisions. That's what we see here, and I loved it. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

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Edited by timelord

My first just plain Superman comic I have read since the New 52 started. I loved it one word FUN sums up this issue. We have Superman actually being Super and not being emo which made a nice change.

If Greg Pak keeps this up he can do for this book what Jeff Lemire did for Green Arrow.

Posted by RedhoodFlashLantern

Lana Lane or Lana Lang?

Posted by TheMantisShrimp

I told myself I was only going to buy this or Detective, in terms of zero year tie ins. I was pretty set on Detective but now I'm unsure. I guess i'll decide at the shop, or break down and get both.

Edited by Wilbertus

I feel Action Comics has been better as a series than Superman, it seems that will be no different for this month.

Posted by batmannflash

I think I'm getting this! I hopefully Greg Pak keeps this up. Action Comics and Superman series have been...disappointing

Posted by inferiorego

Lana Lane or Lana Lang?

Lang. Sorry, my bad. Again, not a huge Supes fan.

I told myself I was only going to buy this or Detective, in terms of zero year tie ins. I was pretty set on Detective but now I'm unsure. I guess i'll decide at the shop, or break down and get both.

Get BOTH. Trust me.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Dang I forgot to pick this up. I was just at the store

Posted by XescapetheliesX

Now let's just hope that DC doesn't screw this up and run another good team off this book

Posted by SOG7dc

Now let's just hope that DC doesn't screw this up and run another good team off this book

i was thinkingthe same thing. imagine how good this would have been with Diggle and Daniels

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Posted by TheMantisShrimp

@inferiorego, I'm thinking that is what will end up happening. I gotta cut some books after this month.

Posted by LordoftheNorth

SO the fact it has nothing to do with Zero Year or batman ist part of the bad

Posted by GrenadeFlow

Action Comics is finally good again!

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@sog7dc said:

@xescapetheliesx said:

Now let's just hope that DC doesn't screw this up and run another good team off this book

i was thinkingthe same thing. imagine how good this would have been with Diggle and Daniels

Not as good as Pak :P

Posted by SanoHibiki

Action scenes are nice, characterization up to my liking, other good stuff – this comic deserved my money.

Only 2 little things that I don’t like – art (especially heads and faces) and where Super’s cape?

Posted by toptom

Action scenes are nice, characterization up to my liking, other good stuff – this comic deserved my money.

Only 2 little things that I don’t like – art (especially heads and faces) and where Super’s cape?

This.

...yes sometimes aaron's faces are really weird ,especially the females'ones but he is ok for the most part

Posted by bladewolf

Props to Pak and Kuder for making a great issue! Really looking forward to the next one. Feels good to have Action Comics back on my pull list.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Yep I knew it. This issue was better than Unchained. I love seeing Young Clark being a hero, still rough around the edges and struggling with what he should do.

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Posted by spinningbirdcake

So good. Also it seems like the one shot comic is a dying art.

Posted by kilomac29

Even the backup story in this issue was pretty great. Pak seems to have this Supes thing down.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Dang I forgot to pick this up. I was just at the store

finally got it a month later, loved it.