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Action Comics #6 - When Superman Learned To Fly; Last Day Review

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Great Scott! Grant Morrison throws a lot at us here. Do you want the current Superman or the one from five years ago? Guess what, you get both. And with Kryptonite on the scene, looks like both could be dying this issue. Uh oh.

Where do we begin? Are we in the past or in the present? It's sort of both. With the Anti-Superman Army and bunch of Kryptonite, Superman might not be able to survive this issue.

The Good

It can be extremely frustrating seeing the characters we know so well undergo new stories and developments. Maybe it's because Grant Morrison is involved but here it completely works. You never know what your going to get in an issue of ACTION COMICS and it feels like he keeps throwing curve balls our way.

Last issue we saw the Anti-Superman Army and the Legion of Superheroes show up. Throw in Kryptonite and time travel and you know things could get messy really fast. Seeing the present day Superman mixed in changes things up but at the same time, we delve even further back to see an even younger Superman/Clark Kent. We all know the story of how he grew up but because things are constantly being tweaked, it all has a new feel to it. You become glued to the pages to see what crazy things Grant might do with Superman's history this time.

The location of the battle is a surprise and throughout the issue, there is plenty in the background that you'll find yourself taking it all in trying to figure out what will come back later in a bigger role.

There is also a back up by Sholly Fisch and ChrisCross. This along with the other scenes from Clark's youth really adds to his origin. Many questions are being answered as to what life was like for this Superman and how come he behaves so differently in the SUPERMAN comic.

The Bad

It's an interesting 'battle.' At times you start wondering what's really going on. Who are all these people? Why do they all hate Superman so much? The threat of Kryptonite can be a blessing and a curse for writers. If used too often, Superman loses some of his appeal. He becomes a hero that anyone can beat. There's a slight abruptness to the story but there is plenty going on along with the back up that gives it all a nice feel.

The Verdict

ACTION COMICS continues to stand out as one of the more interesting "New 52" titles. While many gripe about the changes happening and elements that are getting lost, with ACTION COMICS, it's like taking part in an adventure. With Grant Morrison at the helm, there's always a sense that anything goes. Each issue is full of surprises and twists that evolves the character into an almost new one. As a long time reader, I don't want to see Superman go through change after change but I can't help myself sitting back and enjoying the stories as they unfold. There is plenty going on here. With both the present day Superman and an even younger one than we've seen before, get ready to learn a lot more about who this Superman is. If you've been wanting more answers about Superman's origin, be prepared to get a few.

22 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Posted by azza04

The new 52 Superman is sort of bitter sweet for me, I'm glad Grant has turned around Action Comics and I do like the stories that he's telling but it's still not quite the Superman I was hoping for from the reboot :( Plus I'm not to enthusiastic about the Action Comics Supes turning into the Superman from the other title.

Posted by doordoor123

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

But the Flashpoint event made time travel impossible, so is he just ignoring cannon? 
Posted by doordoor123

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

But the Flashpoint event made time travel impossible, so is he just ignoring cannon?

Hes Grant Morrison. He can do anything he wants. And he is known for doing time travel. You take time travel away and Grant Morrison leaves. Its best to give him what he wants.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

But the Flashpoint event made time travel impossible, so is he just ignoring cannon?

Hes Grant Morrison. He can do anything he wants. And he is known for doing time travel. You take time travel away and Grant Morrison leaves. Its best to give him what he wants.

No, it's better he sticks to canon.
Edited by fodigg

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

But the Flashpoint event made time travel impossible, so is he just ignoring cannon?

Hes Grant Morrison. He can do anything he wants. And he is known for doing time travel. You take time travel away and Grant Morrison leaves. Its best to give him what he wants.

No, it's better he sticks to canon.

Not if it gives me Booster Gold in all his Time Mastery glory.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@fodigg said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

But the Flashpoint event made time travel impossible, so is he just ignoring cannon?

Hes Grant Morrison. He can do anything he wants. And he is known for doing time travel. You take time travel away and Grant Morrison leaves. Its best to give him what he wants.

No, it's better he sticks to canon.

Not if it gives me Booster Gold in all his Time Mastery glory.

Well that just destroys the whole concept around Legion Lost and LoSH
Posted by UltimateSMfan

@spiderbat87: lets just sit back and enjoy the story for now n lets see how everythings explained later(GM's been doin that alot lately),its if they dont explain it thats when we shld get pissed!!! Anyway....cant wait to read this!!!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@UltimateSMfan said:

@spiderbat87: lets just sit back and enjoy the story for now n lets see how everythings explained later(GM's been doin that alot lately),its if they dont explain it thats when we shld get pissed!!! Anyway....cant wait to read this!!!

well I'm not reading it at the mo so I'll just continue to complain 
Posted by fodigg

@spiderbat87 said:

@fodigg said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@doordoor123 said:

@spiderbat87 said:

I still want to know how time travel is possible here

Grant Morrison writing the book makes it possible.

But the Flashpoint event made time travel impossible, so is he just ignoring cannon?

Hes Grant Morrison. He can do anything he wants. And he is known for doing time travel. You take time travel away and Grant Morrison leaves. Its best to give him what he wants.

No, it's better he sticks to canon.

Not if it gives me Booster Gold in all his Time Mastery glory.

Well that just destroys the whole concept around Legion Lost and LoSH

I'm afraid that argument does not move me. I'm simply not a fan of those books.

Edited by kennybaese

There's been a lot of people saying that Flashpoint made time travel impossible (I've seen it several different times on different boards, most of them here) and since I'm too lazy to pull out my issues of Flashpoint, can someone explain to me how that happened? Because I don't remember that being the case. It wouldn't be the first time my memory hasn't served me well.

I'm excited to pick this issue up later this afternoon.

Posted by cagedleo730

Flashpoint has made time travel nearly impossible. That allows for the Legion Lost members and Alastor to reach our time. In Legion of Super Heroes, Brainiac 5 is working on fixing that problem. In Action Comics we see Cosmic Man, Lightning Man, and Saturn Woman (older adult versions of Legion). You can assume that they fixed the time travel over the years. DC has to eventually clear that up in-story

Posted by DarthShap

I loved the issue but I am really not sure it works as an origin story. What I am sure of however is that Morrison definitely does not care about the "new reader".

In the end, that is the thing: how can DC still claim the New 52 reboot was about being opened to new readers thanks to the removal of "this embarrassing continuity" when among their top books are Green Lantern and Batman which have not been rebooted, and then this.

Posted by bladewolf

Darn good issue, the art especially shines. Not too sold on the extra story at the back though (I'd rather more modern Supes stuff).

Posted by longbowhunter

I really liked the Legion explaining about tesseract space and eventually leading in to the secret location of the kryptonite engine and the Anti-Superman army. Back up feature wasnt bad.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

Loved the issue. Great backup, too. I especially liked the salute to "Smallville," no matter how small it was.

Posted by Darthmat

This is the only Superman volume I've ever read (new reader).... and I had literally no idea what was going on.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

I'm with Darthmat I was totally lost the entire issue. Morrison's writing style can be very confusing at times, and even though I've read alot of back story like Superman: Secret Origin I kinda knew what was going on with the Legion (Or I thought I did; Since when was Lightning Lad a robot?), but I could not for the life of me figure out where this story took place in relation to Action Comics #1-5! Soooo confused, and I feel like Morrison is almost being treated like the spoiled artist who MUST get his way or he will take his talent elsewhere, leaving us "new" readers in the lurch and unable to follow along with what the #*(&(*#!*&)#@+ is going on!

Posted by RedOwl_1

Oh This issue make me finally understand the last one, weirdly is the time-travelling story that I have understand easier in all my life.

The back-up story... I almost cried (Not huge thing but I'm extremely sensible for that kind of stuff, after all I still being a girl teenager) It was so sweet :')

Posted by Primmaster64

Cool

Posted by Youngindy21

I started reading Superman and Action Comics with the New 52. And I must say that this issue was Definitely Confusing for New Readers. This is why I didn't really enjoy the Issue as Much as I did the previous issues. And when you don't understand what is going on then you become Bored with the book. I will continue reading but I hope Morrison switches up his writing style to suit newer readers.