Greetings, Capeless Crusader readers! Want to know where to find quality reading among this week’s comics? We’ve got you covered with a trifecta of titles! We’ll get the ball rolling with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s latest issue of Captain Marvel.
Mixing equal parts fun comic book action, emotional depth and social relevancy, Captain Marvel has fast become my favorite cape, emphasizing the power of a supportive community, hope and fortitude when sometimes, that’s all I have left.
Action Comics comes from the new creative team of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, and features a new story arc that connects to DC’s Zero Year story line. In “Action Comics #25” we are shown the beginnings of the New 52’s version of Superman, as Clark Kent struggles to defeat the forces of nature that are aiming a level five hurricane toward the city of Gotham (yes, Gotham), where Clark is living and starting his dual careers as a reporter and a super-hero.
Meanwhile, we also get the story of Lana Lang, Clark’s high-school love, whose path is separate, yet intertwined with the man of steel’s. Lana’s story is told in conjunction with Clark’s, as she struggles to survive the same storm Clark is trying to subdue. Pak and Kuder bring us a tale of two young people trying to find their way in the world and bravely standing up to the challanges in front of them, each in their own way.
“Action Comics #25” is a good entry point for readers who feel the task of catching up on the title, with a new story arc (which is also, helpfully, a flashback) and a new creative team. For those curious about Superman’s flagship title, this issue merits a check.
This was never meant to be a comic made for jumping in. It requires dedication, patience and plenty of rereading to understand everything. Thankfully, the TPB of issues #s 1-5 recently came out, so playing catch-up works out nicely. Hickman rewards serious readers this month with an explanation of recent events and a deeper understanding of his finely tuned world. The main plot stalls a bit, but that’s to be expected in a flashback issue. Dragotta’s art continues to be strange and twisted and beautiful. Hop into this series now, because the next few issues promise to pick up the pace.
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