They did it, they really did it… they made Superman cool. He didn’t even have to drape himself in black, replace his flesh with cybernetics and kill somebody. Some claim this “new” spin on Superman, brash and wise crackin’ is a return to the Golden Age of Comics (see here ). Street level hero is how Superman started after all, in the 1938 Action Comics #1.

                Beginning on the very first page he’s just an out-and-out cooler Supes than the previous long winded incarnation. His language is somewhat juvenile, but he’s a basically a teenager in this series- so give the kid a break. And while he may talk like a teen, he fights like a mad adult in a bar fight. Don’t let his sweet face fool you, this Supes will throw you off a bridge and never think twice about breaking every bone in your body.

                Action Comics #1 definitely introduces us to a new and improved Superman.  Superman is not only more ruthless, but lives in a city where his brand of ruthlessness is necessary to get the job done. This corrupt version of Metropolis, combined with the story elements of Superman being hunted simultaneously by both Police and the Military, transform Superman from a square jawed do-gooder into a freedom fighter. Now, instead of defending the American government, he is defending the American people.

                His old pal Jimmy Olsen plays a bit different role in his relationship to Clark this time around. No more calling Clark “Mr. Kent,” no, Jimmy is now Clark’s complete equal and mutual best friend. Lois, meanwhile, is Jimmy’s partner at a Clark’s rival paper. Best of all, even Clark Kent himself is a new and improved version of himself. He tries to make just as much a difference in his civilian life as he does in his super one. Even his articles for the paper focus on exposing championing civil rights and exposing corporate corruption. And of course what would a Superman story be without Lex Luthor trying to save the world from the evil alien threat from Krypton. In the Action Comics reboot he is an advisor to the military and reports directly to Lois’s father, General Lane.

                Grant Morrison and Rags Morales both give this issue an epic event , event type of feel. Both creators are names that, admittedly, I will buy pretty much anything their names are on… and I am rarely let down. In the end it appears they have given us the one thing everyone said Superman needed to take a step towards relatability; de-powering… but I will bit my tongue and refrain from spoiling the ending on this one…
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