And so, Villain’s Month begins, and first things first, I feel I have to say that, even amongst all of the massive fucking stupidity that’s surrounded them, the 3D Lenticular covers these books have do look pretty awesome. I know stuff like this is what caused the 90s collapse, but hey, they look cool, and for a one-month gimmick, I don’t mind.
But really, what’s most important here are the stories inside those covers, and the one here was pretty good. I haven’t been reading Michael Alan Nelson’s run on Supergirl, but I gather this new Cyborg Superman has been a major villain in that title, which makes sense, because he’s actually her father, Zor-El. I’m not sure how I feel about this change, it’s a good idea in that it makes this villain really personal to both Superman and Supergirl, but Hank Henshaw was a pretty great character in his own right, it was very impressive how he grew from being a Reed Richards parody into something different, and Geoff Johns did some interesting stuff with him in his Green Lantern work. But, hey, things change and Zor-El as Cyborg Superman works for me.
In this issue, Nelson shows us the origins of Cyborg Superman, how his rivalry with his brother Jor-El lead to his death, and how Brainiac revived him to become his herald or whatever, flying around the Universe looking for ‘perfection’. I’m sure I’d be more into this issue if I was current on Supergirl, but this issue told me all I need to know about this new version of the character, and I’m excited to see him eventually come into conflict with Superman.
The artwork from Mike Hawthorne here was also very good, reminding me a little of Leonard Kirk. I think the biggest problem with these Villain’s Month books is going to be the lower-level creators working on them, but this one felt like thought had gone into it, and that it was important for Nelson’s ongoing Supergirl story. Which begs the question, why wasn’t this Supergirl #23.1? The numbering of these titles is just as much of a clusterfuck as the cover situation.
So yeah, if you’re reading Supergirl, you need to get this issue, but it’s not really a part of Action Comics.