Month after month, the pages of Grant Morrison's ACTION COMICS deliver revelation after revelation as far as who Superman is in the "New 52." It's interesting because with the other title, SUPERMAN, we know pretty much where he's going to end up, who he will become. That Superman and the one in ACTION feel like different characters and seeing young Superman develop is one of the great things about the series.
This Superman isn't as powerful as the one we know. Seeing the events that shape him into who he will become adds to the suspense of the series and character. Every little detail is scrutinized as we search for the next big revelations unleashed upon us.
As the residence of Metropolis are held captive inside a bottle, it's up to Superman to save them. There will be some minor spoilers below for ACTION COMICS #7 so be sure to read that issue before continuing.== TEASER ==
How Fast is Superman?
In order to proceed with a plan to confront the aliens that have taken and miniaturized Metropolis, Superman has to get to a speed of 25,000 miles per hour. Think about that. Count those zeroes. That's pretty fast. It's mentioned that he's never been recorded going more than 600 m.p.h. but the idea doesn't phase Superman. And obviously in order for the issue to proceed, he does reach that speed.
Superman Can't Breathe in Space
This should be a given. It's likely you've seen panels from old comics and Superman had no problems flying out into space. Whether he could breathe or was just holding his breath, it was one of the silly aspects of the over-powered Superman of the old days. While Grant Morrison is taking some cues from earlier incarnations of Superman, this is thankfully not one he chose to use as Superman needed a breathing apparatus to complete his journey.
Discovery of Krypton
Superman knew he was from another planet but didn't really know any details. It was the invaders that gave him the name. He had heard in in dreams (which were most likely memories or ghosts of them) but never knew what it meant. This gave him the confirmation that the name of his planet was actually Krypton. At least some good came out of the aliens attacking Metropolis and threatening to destroy Earth.
Is Superman the last son of Krypton? We know in the current time, Superman encounters his cousin Kara. With the idea of cities being shrunk down and collected in bottles obviously means Kandor would be brought up. We all suspected it but now we have confirmation that it does in fact exist in the "New 52."
We'll have to keep our eyes peeled to see what the fate of Kandor is after this arc. Will Superman be able to save/preserve the bottled cities? Will he find a way to shrink himself down so he can visit the city? Will residents of Kandor someday find a way to emerge from the bottle? There are still so many answers.
Just when I was getting used to the jeans and t-shirt look, here comes the Kryptonian suit. It had to happen sooner or later since he's wearing it in SUPERMAN but it came sooner than we expected. When Kandor was taken (collected), some other artifacts were preserved along with it. There was some Kryptonian "clothes" that Superman remembered seeing before as an infant. Understanding that the purpose they served (as Kryptonian armor), he helped himself to the display case and put them on.
The suit was originally plain white but once he put it on, it transformed into his traditional colors, perhaps due to his genetic code or something. Now that he has the suit, we have to wonder how indestructible is it? If it's as tough as his cape is, perhaps he won't have to worry about any tears or having to worry about repairing any damage.
Bonus: What About Steel?
Steel has already made his debut in the series. When Metropolis was teleported away, there was plenty of destruction left and lives to be saved. With Superman trying to save those taken away, Steel spent his time saving those still left behind. Making such a public display of heroism, he should have made a name for himself as a hero. Because this happen five plus years ago, you have to wonder what happened to Steel after this. We've not seen any mention of him in current "New 52" issues. Is he still being a hero or has he devoted his life to scientific research? We'll just have to wait and see.
That's it for this issue. There were a few other moments contained inside that should be looked at carefully. We won't spoil it all for you but I have a sneaky suspicion about a couple things seen here.