Updated: Jan 24
ACTION COMICS #1004
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Ryan Sook
Publisher: DC Comics
One of the best things to come out of "Rebirth" was the return of Lois and Clark. Their relationship, in my opinion, is one of the most important and definitive relationship in comics. With this issue, Bendis reminds us exactly why that is.
Some people complain that there isn't enough "action" in Action Comics. What Bendis gives us with each passing issue though, is some of the best character driven stories to grace the Superman line in the last 10 years. This issue finally reveals why Lois hasn't come home to Clark yet, and remains in hiding.
Bendis has created a new dynamic to the relationship that feels like a completely natural progression of their relationship. Clark expresses how much he "needs her", while she expresses her nee to write. Their lives are far from normal and she feels like they're trying to hard to be "normal". She explains to Clark why she came home and left Jon with Jor-El, I look forward to seeing what Jon has been up to as well. She also tells him why she has to remain in hiding and needs to do this for herself. In one issue, Bendis shows the world why Lois Lane is one of the greates characters in all of comics, it almost makes me want to read a solo book starring Lois and written by Bendis.
A reporter at the Daily Planet shows Clark a picture posted of Lois and Lex Luthor, but he'd already found her the previous night. As he rushes to speak with her about Lex, she tells him that she was sure Lex would have found her first. It was such a funny little moment between these two. After which, Superman tells her that he feel like his old self again and that maybe the way things are right now, aren't so bad. I look forward to seeing where Bendis takes their relationship moving forward.
Having Ryan Sook on art for this issue was a visual treat. He has long been one of the best artists in comics, in my opinion, and did an amazing job on the issue. The way he's able to convey emotions through each character, through their eyes, is insane. He draws one of the best Superman renditions I've ever seen, and that splash page in the middle of the story, I mean get WOW! It was epic.I'm really excited that he's going to be drawing the next few issues, especially next months issue, the return of Vic Sage/The Question.
Bendis has been consistently delivering great Superman stories, but this issue has been my favorite one by far. I just hope he keeps Lois around more, now that she's back. Can't wait till next month, where we learn more about Red Cloud and see The Question's return.