Comic Review: Action Comics #1008 (DC Comics)

It’s all good, Action Comics #1008, from DC Comics. A comic filled with a multitude of things happening at the same time: Adam Strange flies in to meet with the […]

It’s all good, Action Comics #1008, from DC Comics.

A comic filled with a multitude of things happening at the same time: Adam Strange flies in to meet with the Department of Extranormal Operations, who appears to be a cigar-smoking skeleton standing on a helipad in a suit. Lois Lane’s dad wanders around, drinking out of a flask. Superman, Clark Kent, and Lois Lane put in an appearance. They neither smoke nor drink. Just another day in Action Comics!

The question is, where is this all going? Not a clue, but boy is it fun to follow. The Brian Michael Bendis authored these leaps of logic, as the story jumps over tall buildings. Tall tales indeed. The Steve Epting art? Realistic and very “Classic Superman”, and note the carefully polished colouring by Brad Anderson.

For a 32 page comic, it’s quite the package. This month there seems to be bigger visual turn toward using the splash pages as an opportunity to elongate the narrative. Literally and figuratively; the small panels spread across the gutter, which is relatively unconventional in comic books; the net effect is to extend a scene of dialogue as if the camera is resting longer upon the characters before we move on.

Perhaps it’s time for you to check out this title; it’s a sturdy one, delivering solid stuff in every issue!

DC Comics, Action #1008, #3.99 for 19 pages of content. Rated Teen

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!