The pull list was 10 comics deep this week (would have been 11 but my shoppe ran out of The Sixth Gun: Son of The Gun #1 before I could pick up my books yesterday... it is on reorder though) and includes some of my ongoing favourites like Wonder Woman, Batwoman, X-Factor and Saga, all of which were excellent, but of the 8 books I read (Mind MGMT and Sixth Gun I still need to catch up on) none are inspiring me to write with any great excitement or passion.
So let's talk Superman a little bit. Specifically Action Comics.
With the New 52 came a new Clark Kent, a new Lois, Lex and Jimmy and a tremendous amount of apathy. George Perez got in 6 dense world-building issues of Superman, and frankly, I liked it but it was not exciting in the least. When his short stint was over I dropped the book. I wasn't invested in any of the characters, most of all Superman.
With Action Comics I was holding out hope, hope that Grant Morrison would give me a redefined Superman I could actually care about. Alas we have come to Morrison's penultimate issue on the series and I may have been entertained, I may have been engaged, but I still don't care about this character.
Even with numerous sub-reboots post-Crisis, pre-New 52, Superman seemed familiar, constant. Morrison tackled the familiar /constant Superman in AIl-Star Superman, and an though it was'nt in continuity the Superman presented was still a Superman we knew.
With Action Comics Morrison set out to remold Clark and Superman for today, perhaps for tomorrow. But in rapidly injecting years worth of tangential history in a short span of time, his intention of rebuilding the icon has backfired. Through the morass of his always-clever plotting we lose the getting-to-know process (one which, post-Crisis, John Byrne actually shepherded well for a few years over dozens upon dozens of issues) which just can't be achieved in 18 issues, especially when a half dozen other books feature the character in a somewhat different light Superman isn't as versatile as Batman, character consistency matters far more.
After Morrison's final issue next month, I have to wonder just when I will next pick up a Superman comic.