Well, it's that time again folks: Wednesday! And you know what Wednesday is?... Well, of course you do, you're reading a blog about comics, so you obviously know it's New Comics Day, a.k.a. Paul's favorite weekly holiday! And in celebration of this weekly, well, celebration, Paul is here to give you his favorite book of the week.
Action Comics #5 by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert
Hello everyone! Wow, it feels like it's been ages since I wrote on here... I'm sorry about my week on hiatus, but alas Christmas found me far from home and unable to get my comics, sad times all around. But never fear, I'm back with that comic-loving banter you've become so accustomed to! It's a new year now, and with this new year there are many things for all of you to look forward to from your friends over at Ancillary Characters (... that'd be me and Seth, yes). For one, I've got a new column that'll be debuting soon. Also, we'll hopefully be launching our Podcast this month, and I hope all of you will be subscribing! Also, how's the new logo? Good? Or was the last one better? I'm not sold yet, but hey, it's a new year...
|But with some interesting twists!|
And boy did I not expect this. Grant finally comes in with his guns blazing in this issue, bringing his own brand of zaniness through the guest narrator: you guessed it, the spaceship that brought baby Kal-El to Earth!... What'd I tell you? Expect the unexpected! I was speaking to a friend of mine a while back about this series, and I said to him that at one point or another, this book would have to start feeling Morrison-esque. Well friends and readers, this is the issue that accomplishes just that. I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't had a chance to read it yet, but let me just say that this new intermission/arc has set its self up to be the best thing to come from the new book as of yet. The pace is perfectly set without a dull moment (as we've already had a few of those from the first issues), and Grant recreates the destruction of Krypton in a way that actually manages to feel new. There are even a couple of interesting new twists added in there for those of us who've read this story told time and again. Kudos, Grant.
|I want one of those ships...|
And so, Grant and Andy accomplished what I've been hoping for since September: Action Comics as my pick of the week. I've got some very high expectations for this book, especially after Morrison's masterpiece that is All Star Superman. But with that other Superman book being not so great (We're looking at you Perez), Morrison holds Supes' one chance to stand out among the rest in the DCnU. With a new year and undoubtedly new arcs and creative teams ahead of us in 2012, I can't wait to see what DC has in store for the Last Son of Krypton.