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Action Comics #8 (Superman can hear texts Spoilers)

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:01 am

A strong ending to the opening arc, and one that closes the book on the controversial jeans and t-shirt Superman. Supes now has his proper costume, is taking a job at the Daily Planet and it’s pretty much back to business as usual. I kind of think this has come too soon, I’d like for him to stick to the jeans for a bit longer, but then I suppose he has to be in the classic costume for the first arc of Justice League to make sense. It’s interesting that while Superman and Lex Luthor are enemies, Morrison has made Lex an ally of Clark Kent in his attempts to stop corruption. Lex was basically the ‘deep throat’ who was giving Clark the information to bring down Glenmorgan. Was Lex doing this in order to take over himself? Or is he genuinely altruistic? It’s interesting that we haven’t seen Lex at all in the present DCU, what’s he up to? The art was once again a bit of a mish-mash, but it’s always good to see Bob McLeod on art, old-school goodness. Where does this book go from here? We’ve got a few issues of Multiverse nonsense, but after that? Is it just going to be Superman stories? Are we still going to be in the past? It looks like the weird midget bloke who was manipulating Glenmorgan is Morrison’s big bad, he’s Mxyzptlk right? Right? Has to be.
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The Beast

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Postby The Beast » Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:53 pm

Punchy wrote:A strong ending to the opening arc,

It's strong alright, like a pile of dog shit in July.
and one that closes the book on the controversial jeans and t-shirt Superman.

I think the abysmal quality of Action Comics is a bigger controversy.
Supes now has his proper costume, is taking a job at the Daily Planet and it’s pretty much back to business as usual. I kind of think this has come too soon, I’d like for him to stick to the jeans for a bit longer, but then I suppose he has to be in the classic costume for the first arc of Justice League to make sense.

The classic costume? Did you think New Coke was classic too? The Nu costume is shit because some fucking exec at Time/Warner has got a hard on for Iron Man.
It’s interesting that while Superman and Lex Luthor are enemies, Morrison has made Lex an ally of Clark Kent in his attempts to stop corruption. Lex was basically the ‘deep throat’ who was giving Clark the information to bring down Glenmorgan.

Yes, the surprise at the end to fill up plot holes because Suspense is a foreign concept. It was like watching some weak ass Shyamalan movie.
Was Lex doing this in order to take over himself? Or is he genuinely altruistic?

He's righteous this time around, so a little bit of both. Luthor is the only thing worth checking out in Action Comics.
It’s interesting that we haven’t seen Lex at all in the present DCU, what’s he up to? The art was once again a bit of a mish-mash,

Stop the presses! "Once again a bit of a mish-mash"? Why does Morales get a free pass? Is everyone else getting their issues for free? Did he recently get in a car accident, suffer a stroke or is Action Comics a new event in the Special Olympics?

There is no consistency, characters morph from one panel to the next, faces change shape, Marty Feldman syndrome runs rampant throughout this arc and Clark Kent is 50 lbs lighter and 10 years younger than Superman. Those are some wicked fucking glasses.
but it’s always good to see Bob McLeod on art, old-school goodness.

Did he draw this shit?
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I hope not because that is the faggiest depiction of Superman that I have ever seen.
We’ve got a few issues of Multiverse nonsense, but after that? Is it just going to be Superman stories? Are we still going to be in the past? It looks like the weird midget bloke who was manipulating Glenmorgan is Morrison’s big bad, he’s Mxyzptlk right? Right? Has to be.

Of course it is, Morrison's plan is to thematically reconstruct Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?"
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In the Action Comics Nu we got The Brainiac-Luthor Team, a Feral Krypto, Legionnaires assisting from the future, and Mxyzptlk running the show. I admit it's not a bad idea, but then again it isn't Morrison's.

Speaking of things that weren't his idea...

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So we got two guys in the jungle hunting exotic prey while discussing how to hunt an indestructible target. But one guy points out to the other that it's ok because the target isn't really indestructible at all. Now when I read that in AC #8, I got a little sick to my stomach because I immediately remembered this:

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Same scenario, same conclusion. No problem because the target isn't really invulnerable.
Where does this book go from here?


We're going to learn how the Black Counterpart got started.

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Morrison is the physical embodiment of the sequel/prequel/re-make/re-boot play it safe mentality that executives love to employ in order to make the shareholders happy. Booourns!

Hollywood, it's up to you! Only Henry Cavill and a Birthright Superman Re-boot can save us now. :smt085
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Nacmir

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Postby Nacmir » Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:10 pm

Morrison using other people's ideas and secuences as a bad thing? Someone call the wambulance...
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:17 pm

The sequence you describe as 'faggy' was Brad Walker, not McLeod.
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avengingtitan

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Postby avengingtitan » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:34 pm

What a horrible book. Really Morrison shouldn't be writing books in the DCU. He needs his own little world. He just doesnt get mainstream Superman. Hipster Superman just isnt interesting and that horrible costume is just awful. Superman doesnt need armor. :smt011
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HNutz

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Postby HNutz » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:25 pm

...Superman can hear texts?
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:43 pm

Didn't care at all for the rotating artists.

What was the point of Jimmy's text?

And Mrs. Nylxptlk. She was so proud to say that she can keep Clark's secret by revealing someone else's secret - thereby proving that she can't keep a secret. :lol:
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avengingtitan

Rain Partier

Postby avengingtitan » Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:54 pm

Amoebas wrote:Didn't care at all for the rotating artists.

What was the point of Jimmy's text?

And Mrs. Nylxptlk. She was so proud to say that she can keep Clark's secret by revealing someone else's secret - thereby proving that she can't keep a secret.
:lol:

YEP!!!!!

That and I swear to god I wanna punch Jimmy in the face for having Bieber hair.
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dairydead

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Postby dairydead » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:26 pm

a new troll? awesome.
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The Beast

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Postby The Beast » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:41 pm

dairydead wrote:a new troll? awesome.


Troll? I'm crusading for Truth and Justice. The Truth is the art technically, empirically, sucks. The story is derivative, characterization is off and the plot advances conveniently. That is an Injustice to what Action Comics deserves.

Remember JLA Earth 2? Ultraman lobotomizes Brainiac and resumes his dominance over Earth from a floating fortress in orbit.

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Sound familiar? Morrison turned his Ultraman into Superman Nu. :smt011

Luthor and Brainiac are the best written characters in the series, though. I enjoyed them much more than the lead or any of his supporting set pieces. Morrison does a good job of generating sympathy for the devil with righteous evil-doers. If I check out #10, it'll be to see what the villains are up to.
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The Beast

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Postby The Beast » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:45 pm

Punchy wrote:The sequence you describe as 'faggy' was Brad Walker, not McLeod.


Yeah I see what you mean. I googled Mcleod and I recognize his style, he's a cartoonist who can actually draw. Walker is a filthy photo tracer who got a copy of Immortals and bed sheet for the cape to make my eyes bleed.
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:28 pm

I don't know what it has to do with anything but this thread reminded me of how awesome Tom Strong was. I think I will reread them sometime soon.
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Herald

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Postby Herald » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:34 pm

Ntikrst wrote:
Troll? I'm crusading for Truth and Justice. The Truth is the art technically, empirically, sucks. The story is derivative, characterization is off and the plot advances conveniently. That is an Injustice to what Action Comics deserves.


For some people, "troll" means "anyone who DARES to criticize crappy DiDio-era comics".
Needless to say, I hear that meaningless garbage all the time.
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nietoperz

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Postby nietoperz » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:33 am

Herald wrote:
For some people, "troll" means "anyone who DARES to criticize crappy DiDio-era comics".
Needless to say, I hear that meaningless garbage all the time.


Alternatively, some people may just take exception to the term 'faggy.' I know I did.
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dairydead

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Postby dairydead » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:43 am

nietoperz wrote:
Alternatively, some people may just take exception to the term 'faggy.' I know I did.


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