Ah, here's one of my least favorite series from the reboot, Action Comics... The first issue, for me, was really bad, with Superman being written as a bizarre mash-up of Peter Parker and Batman. If that combination continues, this very well may be the last issue of Action I'm picking up, because $4 is a steep price for something I know I'm going to hate.
Action Comics #2:
What Happened: Lex Luthor and his army allies are torturing Superman in an effort to get some genetic material/idea of what Supes is. Supes eventually gets free, threatens to kill Lex and manages to escape the army base. From there, Army member John Corben(pre-Metallo) decides to try out some prototype armor to attack Supes, and Lex Luther has a mysterious conversation with what appears to be Brainiac.
The Good: Lex Luthor was pure Lex Luthor in this issue, and that is a great thing! Lex thinking Supes was a shapeshifting alien dog made me laugh pretty hard. Krypto appears to be dead. Brainiac's(?) introduction can only lead to positive things. We didn't have to suffer a Jimmy Olsen appearance. Did I mention that Lex Luthor was the main focus here?
The Bad: Superman was still acting like an asshole. There were only 20 pages of story for $3.99, thus proving once and for all that DC DOES NOT hold the line at $2.99... Yeah, I guess my only gripe is that Grant Morrison writes a very unlikable Superman...
The Verdict: Oh, this issue was WAY better than the last one! I mean I was ready to drop this series after that last issue, but now I'm more willing to see how things play out here. Granted, I'm still quite pissed about the pricing of this issue(defend that DC fanboys, I DARE you!), especially after how hard DC pushed their whole, “Holding the line at $2.99” program... Stuff like this simply makes them look like hypocrites. Sorry, a bunch of random sketches and Morrison-babble does not make up for a 20 page story. At least Marvel is more open with the fact that they're trying to fleece as much money out of their fans as they can... Rant over. Going back to the story, Morrison seems to be setting up some good things(Lex, Brainiac, Metallo), he just needs to write Supes less like Batman and more like the virtuous Superman that we all know and love.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.Please let that mean Krypto is dead...