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Action Comics #1003 (Review): A Little Kryptonite Never Hurt Anybody

Updated: Jan 24, 2020


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Yannick Paquette

Publisher: DC Comics


Somewhere, I imagine Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are looking down and smiling because the character they created is being taken care of by the great Brian Michael Bendis. These past few months have given us the best Superman stories of the past decade. Bendis is writing Superman the way he was meant to be written and even thought this issue didn't show Superman that much, it doesn't take away the fact that this was yet another solid entry into the ongoing adventures of the Man of Steel.

This issue takes a break from the action, no pun intended, and we have a lot more character moments. This is 

where I think Bendis really shines, and while I love a good fight scene, I really enjoy the quiet moments and getting to know the supporting cast as well as the main character. In my opinion, the characters that surround Superman are just as important as he is. So it's always a welcome surprise when the focus shifts towards them sometimes.

The main focus of this issue is Robinson Goode and her desire to acquire Kryptonite. Her character has definitely been intriguing and I can't wait to find out what her motivations are behind her actions. After she acquires the Kryptonite and enters the Daily Planet this is where things get interesting. Of course Clark gets sick and searches with his X-Ray vision to locate the source. He finds out and that it's coming from Goode's purse, and makes a phone call to a certain Dark Knight. The interaction between Goode and Batman made me laugh out loud. Not to mention what Batman says to Superman, it put a smile on my face. Once again the dialogue by Bendis is so natural when it comes out of these characters. It sometimes feels like he's been writing them for years.

The ending though with Lois, I can't wait to see where her story is going. Why is she secluded? Where is Jon? These are all thing s I'm sure will be answered eventually. But I'm chomping at the bit waiting to find out. Then she gets a knock at the door and it's none other than..... LEX LUTHOR??? How did he find her and what could he possibly want?

I missed Patrick Gleason this issue and can't wait for him to come back, but Yannick Paquette did an unbelievable job on this issue. I wouldn't normally associate him with a character like Superman because I feel his art is more suited for the darker characters, but he drew an amazing book. I wish he did more monthlies because his art needs to be seen on more regular basis.

Ok one last thing, let's talk about that first page. If you paid close attention you'll see that Bendis littered it with easter eggs. It seems like it may be teasing his first DC event called, Leviathan?? Hopefully there will be more about it at NYCC. But for now I'm going to keep my eyes out for those recap pages and hunt for any other clues he may be teasing.

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