In case there was any lingering doubt, Superman has returned to the DC Universe, and you can find him in Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s Action Comics. From the thoughtful and humorous origin pages that open up the comic to the blistering action scene that ends it all, Superman’s confident and light-hearted voice create the perfect throughline. Kuder is joined by several artists this time around, but their overall effort is a strong one so the comic never suffers. Their energetic artwork reminds me of what we’ve been seeing from Daredevil and Hawkeye, so if you’ve been loving those books — any who hasn’t? — then you need to give Action Comics a try.
Superman sees a lot of himself in “Baka” the shapeshifting electric lizard, and it’s pretty cute to watch the two play off each other. Pak channels Superman’s voice to a tee, even referencing ol’ Bruce at one point. This Superman feels like an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, and for fans of Superman, it has been some time.
I am enjoying the notion that there’s not an outright villain. The ghost soldier is back, but when he shows concern for Lana’s safety it lets us know that he’s not some one dimensional killing machine. We also enter a den of monsters, but by the end we learn that they are more than they seem, too. Best of all, Lana is back with all the bravery of Superman but none of his powers to back it up. She’s the beating heart of this book, so thank you Mr. Pak for writing one of the best iterations of the character comics has ever seen.