Action Comics only gets more and more brilliant each issue.
…kinda doesn’t mean much to say that as there have only been two issues, but you know what I’m getting at.
After the events of the last issue, Superman has been captured by the US government and is now at the mercy of that shiny-headed dick himself, Lex Luthor, as the man sets about a process that is both torture and interrogation.
Oh, and this issue has one of the most greatest moments ever when Lex Luthor has the soldiers bring out a goat wearing a unicorn suit and asks if that’s what Superman looks like in his “real” alien form. Even Supes can’t resist breaking out in laughter.
Of course, Supes does eventually escape, just as Lois tries to work her way into the facility too. After coming across the rocket he landed on Earth in, also held within the building, he proceeds to fight his way out of the facility, also bumping into Lois briefly before escaping.
Dr Irons and John Corben show up too, both of course before they’ve become Steel and Metallo- although the latter’s transformation looks like it’ll come into place very soon and he may play a major role in this arc.
As for the ending- it’s a fantastic ending. Take note, Detective Comics, this is how you do a great cliffhanger ending without relying on what looks like mutilation of a character’s face in two issues in a row as stupid shock moments (although in the second person’s case it’s probably fake).
Lastly, there’s also some nice commentary from Morrison and Morales after the story. Turns out I wasn’t seeing things when Clark Kent was looking awfully like Harry Potter last issue, they comment on it too. :D
Despite the amount of competition this issue had this week (most notably from Animal Man and Swamp Thing, which were both also better than last week) once again, I’d place AC over the other two, for pure enjoyability’s sake.