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Action Comics #26 - Monster Review

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While fighting a monster that has surfaced in Venezuela, Superman runs into an old friend.

The Good

Last issue we caught up with Lana Lang and witnessed a couple sticky situations she found herself in. As an electrical engineer, she is currently working with a non-profit organization in Venezuela. Too bad a giant monster just crawled up from beneath the surface to terrorize everyone.

It's clear from the cover that, somehow, Superman will end up here to help out. You might wonder why or how Superman would know Lana was in trouble halfway around the world but there is a reasonable explanation for their reunion and it works. Superman fighting a giant beast might not seem overly flashy but it does allow him to use his strength and abilities rather than have to hold back.

Greg Pak makes this more than just Superman fighting giant monster. He shares another moment from Clark's past that reminds us where he came from and what it must have been like discovering his developing powers. The interactions with Lana are a plus as it's great to see the familiarity these two share. Pak also introduces another threat to the mix that will further complicate things down the line. Amidst all the action, there is an underlining look at Superman's thought process as he is forced to make a tough decision.

I've really gotten used to Aaron Kuder's art already. This is only his second issue (fifth if you count the three Villains Month issues) and he seems to be right at home already. Pak and Kuder are making a great pairing on this title.

The Bad

On the surface this appears to mainly be Superman vs a giant monster. This issue does set up a few upcoming plot points and is split between the action and set up. You do get a sense that things will kick into gear next issue.

I am digging Kuder's art but a couple times it felt as if Superman was a little older than he's supposed to be in the New 52.

The Verdict

Greg Pak delivers a lot of action as we see more of Lana Lang in Superman's life. Fighting a big beast allows Superman to cut loose a little. It's not just non-stop action as we are introduced to some new elements as well as get a chance to see Superman struggle with the decisions of his action when it comes to saving multiple lives. Aaron Kuder doesn't miss a beat and keeps up with the action in Pak's script with ease. Pak is setting up a bigger story and you'll want to be on board to see what's coming up.

19 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Godzilla reference

Posted by UltimateSMfan

I really enjoyed this issue. Set up some good stuff. I'm liking how Pak is writing Superman.

Posted by dondave

I really enjoyed this issue. Set up some good stuff. I'm liking how Pak is writing Superman.

Posted by anandak47

Awesome issue. Cant wait for the next issue to arrive.

Posted by SanoHibiki

I think that Kuder’s art improved a little since the last issue, but faces still need some more work IMO. And Supes’ chest plate looked a little different in this issue. About the rest -

@dondave said:

@ultimatesmfan said:

I really enjoyed this issue. Set up some good stuff. I'm liking how Pak is writing Superman.

Posted by Al_capOWN

stopped reading action comics in issue 10.

Posted by timelord

Action Comics is just turning into one of those just plain fun books. I am glad I picked up the last two issues Action Comics is back on my pull list.

Edited by SandMan_

This issue was awesome.

Posted by Squalleon

Just something i didn't understand was Superman angry because people attacked the monster or because they thought he killed it?

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy
Posted by Life_Without_Progress

@al_capown: and you should definitely read it again

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Just something i didn't understand was Superman angry because people attacked the monster or because they thought he killed it?

Because they wanted him to kill the monster, but he didn't, because...well...he's superman. :P

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Pak brings the fun again on both books.

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Posted by GrenadeFlow

Its great that this book is actually good again.

Posted by Squalleon

Because they wanted him to kill the monster, but he didn't, because...well...he's superman. :P

It's been so long since that happened in comics.
From Injustice to Earth 2,MoS and Trinity war. Superman's character was really damaged.

I BELIEVE IN GREG PAK and his awesome fun he brings to the book.
Also Kuder's art is so inspired and kinetic i love it. Perfect for n52 Supes.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull said:

Because they wanted him to kill the monster, but he didn't, because...well...he's superman. :P

It's been so long since that happened in comics.

From Injustice to Earth 2,MoS and Trinity war. Superman's character was really damaged.

I BELIEVE IN GREG PAK and his awesome fun he brings to the book.

Also Kuder's art is so inspired and kinetic i love it. Perfect for n52 Supes.

Agreed, Love this issue, greg really gets clark!

Posted by Reactor

@squalleon said:

Just something i didn't understand was Superman angry because people attacked the monster or because they thought he killed it?

Because they wanted him to kill the monster, but he didn't, because...well...he's superman. :P

Actually, it was because he realized that what he thought was a monster spoke when it was attacked and harmed, and thus wasn't a monster at all - it was a sapient being. Ab-so-lute-ly LOVED the ending. Touching, classic Superman right there.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Finally read this issue. Leave it to Pak to make a seemingly "Superman vs Monster" story a much deeper and interesting read.