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Lois and Clark Go Undercover in ACTION COMICS #1010

Writer Brian Michael Bendis has written one of the best runs of ACTION COMICS in recent memory. Part of that has been his take on classic characters, but it’s also been his unique additions to the Superman mythos. ACTION COMICS #1010 explores one of those additions: Lois and Clark’s secret identities as Agents of Spyral!

Leviathan Wreaks Havoc in ACTION COMICS #1010

This issue opens with Director Bones of the DEO being interviewed by Kate Spencer, also known as Manhunter. After a little back and forth, Bones figures out what it all is: a Royal Flush. The elimination of every major figure of every major espionage and surveillance agency of the DCU. He also realizes that Kate is not Kate, but the mastermind behind the attacks. The assailant seemingly finishes off Bones and walks away, her disguise disappearing to reveal Talia Al Ghul.

ACTION COMICS #1010 then segues into Lois and Clark, disguised as “Andi” and “Chaz” respectively. They arrive in London and talk a little about their adventures in these identities (including a great fake page detailing a past adventure with Nemesis). Lois pokes at Clark a bit for being uneasy with an undercover identity, as she’s much more used to going undercover on assignment (more on this later). Lois and Clark have left Amanda Waller and Jimmy Olsen in the care of Kelex back at the Fortress of Solitude.

ACTION COMICS #1010 Page 1. Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Standoff in London

As Chaz and Andi make their rendezvous, there’s tension between them and their Spyral contact, Tiger. Tiger is skeptical of Chaz, as they’ve been looking for him for a year with no sign. Chaz insists that they called him in and he wants to get to the bottom of the Royal Flush. That tidbit about the Flush raises Tiger’s suspicions. Tiger begins to explain to Chaz that Spyral and Leviathan were created by the same person and that it was an elaborate shell game (Tiger is referencing to revelations made in BATMAN INCORPORATED, and the character Otto Netz).

Their détente is interrupted when Chaz notices that someone is approaching, and it’s not just any someone. The mysterious hulking figure happens to be glowing in blue energy. Similar to the ones that assaulted the DEO, Waller, and Sam Lane, he approaches the Spyral safehouse. Chaz tells Andi to stay with Tiger and then reveals himself to be Superman. He takes the figure into space, where it explodes. Superman returns to the safehouse; to find out what he sees, check out ACTION COMICS #1010!

Bendis Does It Again… and It’s Good AND Bad

I have personally enjoyed Brian Michael Bendis’ run on ACTION COMICS immensely. As someone who has read Superman comics every month non-stop since 1997, I have a fairly good handle on the character. Bendis has done an excellent job with Kal-El and his supporting cast, except for one key, vital aspect that is starting to bother me: his secret identity.

Time after time, Bendis has had Clark be very flippant with his dual life. Most notably in ACTION COMICS #1004, when Superman dives out of nowhere to pick Lois up and take her away. It made national news and the Daily Planet’s gossip reporter even hammered Clark on it. I thought it was a plot point Bendis was going to address, and he may still, but I find Superman’s characterization in ACTION COMICS #1010 to be egregiously off.

ACTION COMICS #1010 Page 2. Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Superman Knows How to Keep a Secret… Right?

Kal-El has been trained by his parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, since childhood to hide his powers and abilities above all. Due to that careful upbringing, Kal-El knows the value of a secret identity and knows how to maintain one. The entire charm of Christopher Reeve’s performance in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE is the fact that he differentiates his Clark and Superman so much. With all of that said, undercover work should not make Kal-El uncomfortable; he’s done it his whole life! And he’s good at it. Kal-El doesn’t dramatically kiss his wife in public as Superman, like he did in ACTION COMICS #1004. Similarly, he doesn’t blow his identity in front of a renowned super-spy as he did in this issue. He would tell them to hide and then run outside before ripping his shirt open.

It’s incredibly frustrating to see either Bendis make an obvious mistake or Superman being deliberately careless. I’m not sure Brian Michael Bendis is making a mistake. He’s an experienced comic book writer who has written ground-breaking works and created entire universes. His writing on this series has been so tight, I’d rather think this has to be leading somewhere. All of that aside, this storyline with Leviathan taking over is very exciting and could potentially pull in the Justice League. I also really enjoyed the tidbit with Chaz and Andi’s origin, and I hope Bendis will somehow play with that more. I would love to see the alternate adventures of Lois and Clark more often.

Epting Delivers Excellent Art in ACTION COMICS #1010

Artist Steve Epting and colorist Brad Anderson have become one of my favorite Superman art teams in a short period of time. Since ACTION COMICS #1010 was an espionage-based issue, Epting’s dark moody art fit perfectly. Epting doesn’t just rely on shadows to tell the story, he fully fleshes out each panel, giving loads of detail on every page. Every bookshelf is full of books, and London is full of brick buildings, cars, and people. The amount of detail and attention Epting pays is amazing; he is truly one of the great artists working in comics today.

Brad Anderson‘s colors accentuate Epting’s work, providing the depth of color when needed. The Fortress of Solitude scene most notably contrasts with the dark nighttime streets of London. For a book mostly set at nighttime, Anderson manages to make the book as colorful as possible. He does a lot with that restriction on his palette.

What’s Leviathan’s Next Move?

Now that Superman has thwarted Leviathan’s attack on Spyral, how will they react? Will Talia attack Superman directly? What about Tiger and Lois? Or General Lane? As Leviathan rises, the safety of everyone they’re targeting is most definitely in question. ACTION COMICS is one of the most entertaining books out there, and I’m eagerly looking forward to what Bendis and Epting have in store for us!

From: https://comicsverse.com/actioncomics-1010-review/

Superman and Lois Lane go undercover in Action Comics No. 1010

Superman and Lois are undercover as Agents of Spyral, trying to determine who has destroyed all of the intelligence agencies in the world. While searching though, the mysterious group’s plan continues. Spoilers for Actions Comics no. 1010 follow.

Despite being a reporter, going undercover is typically more in Batman’s wheelhouse than Superman’s, but regardless, he does it anyway in this issue, making for a very fun read despite the dark tone of the story. Superman and Lois have always had a great repertoire, especially under the tutelage of Brian Michael Bendis, and that really shines in this issue. There’s been a great comradery between Lois and Clark for a long time and it’s exemplified by a Peter Pan joke in this issue.

Despite the fun that Lois and Clark are having to an extent though, this issue keeps the tone of the story and set-up for the next DC event, Leviathan, extremely well. The beginning starts with Director Bones presumably getting assassinated by a woman who looks like Talia al Ghul. This continues on with the complete destruction of these intelligence organizations in a believable way and keeps the tone as dark as it needs to be.

Image by DC Comics/Art by Steve Epting

Once Lois and Clark find out who they’re contact is though, this is when things really start to heat up though, with Agent Tiger of Spyral being brought into the loop. The conversation between, Lois, Clark, and Tiger harkens all the way back to his appearances in Grayson. He even provides new information as to what Leviathan is in a way that is pretty effective social commentary. Once the monster that destroyed the D.E.O. shows up outside of Tiger’s safehouse, Superman is able to throw him out into space, but not before Tiger disappears with Lois.

8.5/10 

Brian Michael Bendis and Steve Epting have produced some fantastic issues of late in Action Comics and hopefully stick the landing for this storyline before Leviathan begins.

From: https://bamsmackpow.com/2019/04/25/superman-lois-lane-go-undercover-action-comics-no-1010/

Review – Superman: Action Comics #1010: Supers Undercover

Owner/Publisher, Editor-at-Large

Ken Denmead

Editor-in-Chief

Matt Blum

Managing Editor

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Senior Editors

Jonathan H. Liu, Jenny Bristol, Corrina Lawson, Patricia Vollmer

Gaming Editor

Dave Banks

Assistant Editor

John Booth

Associate Publishers*

MacKenzie Paulus, Megan Fulton, Tim Johnides, Jeff Williams, Dante Lauretta, Magnus Dahlsröm, Jayson Peters, David Michael, Gerry Tolbert, Andrew Smith, Ray Wehrs, Joel Becker, Scott Gaeta, Beth Kee, Joey Mills, talkie_tim, Danny Marquardt, Adam Bruski, John Bain, Bill Moore, Adam Frank, Lacey Hays, Peter Morson, James Needham, Matt Fleming, Adam Anderson, Jim Reynolds, Seiler Hagan, Bryan Wade, Petrov Neutrino, Jay Shapiro

Editor (Emeritus)

Chris Anderson

Core Contributors

Darren Blankenship, Rory Bristol, Robin Brooks, Mathias DeRiderRay Goldfield, Jamie GreeneRyan Hiller, Rob Huddleston, Will James, James Floyd Kelly, Anthony Karcz, Michael Kaufman, Mordechai Luchins, Joey Mills, Brad Moon, Tony Nunes, Anton Olsen, Skip Owens, Jules Sherred, Simon Yule

Occasional Contributors

Tim Bailey, Sara BlackburnPreston Burt, Stephen Clark, Jeffrey Cohen, Adam Dimuzio, Mathias DeRider, Tom Fassbender, Luke Forney, Logan Giannini, Travis Hanson, Sean Hallenbeck, Michael Harrison, Kim HaynesWhit Honea, Greg Howley, Michael J.Angela Leach, Michael LeSauvage, Jim MacQuarrie, Eric Parrish, Michael PistiolasRicardo Rebelo, Drew Rich, Mitchell RoushMariana Ruiz, Tony Sims, Randy Slavey, Erik Stanfill, Andrew TerranovaGerry TolbertMark Vorenkamp, Shaun Washington, Chris Wickersham, Sean Z.

From: https://geekdad.com/2019/04/review-superman-action-comics-1010-supers-undercover/

Freddie Mercury Becomes Different Comic Book Heroes in This Art Collection

Whatever you may have thought about Bohemian Rhapsody, one thing is undeniable: its massive financial success has created an entire new generation of fans for Queen and Freddie Mercury. And that is absolutely a good thing.

With a $900 million global gross for the film, Freddie is now standing neck and neck with the biggest Hollywood superheroes. So it’s only appropriate that legendary singer should get the superhero treatment himself. In a new series of prints (via The Laughing Squid), Brazilian artist Butcher Billy has reimagined the Queen frontman as various comic book heroes, with classic Queen song titles as the names of the stories showcased on the fictional covers. The series is called “Planet Mercury Comics,” which we think Freddie would have approved of.

From: https://nerdist.com/article/freddie-mercury-comic-book-heroes-art-collection/

DC Comics Universe & Action Comics #1010 Spoilers: Superman In His Arab Secret Identity Of Chaz Donen Goes Undercover With Lois Lane?! Event Leviathan Looms! Preview! UPDATED!

DC Comics Universe and Action Comics #1010 Spoilers follows.

Superman In His Arab Secret Identity Of Chaz Donen Goes Undercover With Lois Lane?! Event Leviathan Looms!


UPDATE:

Here are the interior pages.

MV had the scoop.


ORIGINAL:

At press time, the teaser and preview pages have yet to materialize, but we do have the covers and solicitation below.

Action Comics #1010
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Steve Epting

One by one they fall: A.R.G.U.S.! The D.E.O.! The Kobra Cult! And now, Spyral! Clark Kent and Lois Lane go undercover to find out who is behind all of the attacks on the top-secret and underground organizations of the DC Universe! Is it the rise of a new power in the DCU called Leviathan? Named one of the best comics of the year by Paste magazine!

In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

So, are you intrigued enough to pick up the issue this week?

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From: https://insidepulse.com/2019/04/22/dc-comics-universe-action-comics-1010-spoilers-superman-in-his-arab-secret-identity-of-chaz-donen-goes-undercover-with-lois-lane-in-spyral-event-leviathan-looms-preview-mia/

‘Avengers: Endgame’: Let’s retrace steps of how superheroes became Hollywood’s biggest stars

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From: https://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/movies/avengers-endgame-let-s-retrace-steps-of-how-superheroes-became/article_10a2a66b-373a-5c99-8916-aa3d5b711919.html

The Splash Page: “Detective Comics” #1000 remembers what’s great about Batman

In the world of DC Comics, there are infinite realities, each one humming to its own vibrational frequency. One – the one we care about – is a chord made of the musical notes D and C. But that’s not the reason it’s called DC Comics, just a side effect. The “D” stands for Detective and the “C” for Comics. (Yes, DC Comics is literally Detective Comics Comics.) The series from which the company gets its name – “Detective Comics” – has been running longer than any other of their publications, including “Action Comics,” home of Superman and birthplace of superheroes. Batman didn’t appear until “Detective Comics” #27, and now, 80 years later and 973 issues later, “Detective Comics” #1000 has flown into comic book stores and on to newsstands.

I had a visceral reaction to “Action Comics” #1000 last year (“Action,” despite premiering second, has had more issues because it has been published as a bi-weekly book instead of a monthly for longer stretches). There was something about holding that book in my hands that drew me back to 1938, that reminded me of who Superman was, who he always had been and always would be. I don’t have that same reaction to this issue of “Detective Comics,” maybe because Batman didn’t premiere until #27, maybe because “Detective Comics,” despite being one of the few books in the industry that have been publishing since the dawn of superheroes, isn’t the book that brought superheroes as we know them into the world like “Action” did. Maybe it’s because I have a connection to Superman I’ve never had with Batman, because I always wanted to be Superboy and never really thought about being Robin.                            Nevertheless, “Detective” #1000 is good. Like “Action” last year, it’s a series of stories, some in continuity, some not, that attempt to tell us who Batman is. I like this issue’s answer, and I think it says something about where Detective Comics Comics is as a company right now, and the where the comic book industry is headed. Zack Snyder, director of “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League”, said this week that if fans didn’t think Batman and Superman were killers, then they needed to grow up, though in more words and vulgarities than that, and laid out a vision of superheroes, and Batman in particular, as somehow needing to reflect the “real” world, where violence is a necessity and crime must be punished in the harshest ways.

That’s not the Batman of this issue, and certainly not my Batman. This issue doesn’t attempt to recap the entire history of the Caped Crusader, or even to reference every version of him, but instead focuses on stories that frame the World’s Greatest Detective as just that. “Detective Comics,” as the name suggests, has tended over the years to be the book about Batman as vigilante and sleuth, and “Batman” has been the book about his super heroics. In keeping with that tradition, we’re met with stories about Batman planning ahead, about his brilliant mind and sense of curiosity. It’s an aspect of the character that is sometimes forgotten, but time after time in this issue we see a Bruce Wayne who thinks two steps ahead.

More importantly, however, and perhaps more informative, are the stories about the Bat-Family. The penultimate tale in this issue is about the one case Batman could never solve – the murder of his parents. Even finding their killer, that nefarious Joe Chill, has been unsatisfactory to the Dark Knight. It was the violence, the senseless violence of Gotham City, that killed his parents, not a single man. But Tom King, whose ongoing run on “Batman” has had both high and low points, gives us the answer to the mystery of the violence. In the end, Batman stands with his family, biological and adopted, and reveals that the answer to the darkness that created the Batman is looking back at it with love and compassion. This is not a new idea. Nightwing, the grown-up Robin, has always been the boy who saw his parents murdered and could have become as dark as Bruce but didn’t, because Bruce took him in and gave him love and a purpose.

This version of the Bat-Family, as a kind of end to Batman, has become the prevailing view of the character in recent years. Once, in the 1980s, Batman’s crusade ended in blood and mud and political confrontations in the pages of Frank Miller’s’ “Dark Knight Returns.” Now, his crusade hasn’t ended, but it has changed. He’s in a strange place as a character, a place where, after 80 years, he has solved his greatest mystery and vanquished his greatest foe. The last story in this book teases a confrontation with new villain, the Arkham Knight, who intriguingly finds fault in the way in which Batman has spread his family across Gotham and will perhaps challenge the status quo in interesting ways.

This vision of Batman reflects a superhero industry that has finally, totally, come around from the darkness of the 1980s, spawned by works like “Dark Knight Returns” and “Watchmen,” which have both been responded to in recent months with this retelling of what make the Batman work and DC’s ongoing Watchmen sequel “Doomsday Clock”, that pits the DC Universe against the machinations of a cynical Dr. Manhattan. Zack Snyder directed the “Watchmen” adaptation, too, and it’s this vision of the DC Universe that has been with us for too long, this vision that prevailed even into the DC Movie Universe.

But in recent years DC Comics, and the industry as a whole, have moved towards versions of their universes that focus, once again, on the goodness of their characters. Batman is a good guy; he does not kill because he fights with metaphor in his fists, because his greatest accomplishment is not foiling crime in Gotham but in building a family who do not have to live the life he did. “Detective Comics” #1000 stands out not just as a celebration of Batman, but as a signpost in what Batman, and what superheroes, mean in 2019. They are more than vigilantes, we have learned, more than killers and vengeful people. Superheroes, finally, are cool again, and that means we – and Detective Comics – can allow them to be full people, with problems and worries and foibles but who still serve as metaphors for the act of overcoming or rising above. Batman has long been about rising above trauma, and this landmark issue lets him finally get that. After 80 years, it feels like Batman is whole. This is my Batman, and I’m hoping we get a thousand more issues of that.

From: https://cw.ua.edu/52453/culture/the-splash-page-detective-comics-1000-remembers-whats-great-about-batman/

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DC Comics previews and pull list for April 17, 2019

This week’s DC Comics news, pull list and preview features details on DC’s Year of the Villain and a thrilling 25-cent issue, as well as two awesome new statues.

It’s another exciting week for DC Comics fans with an exciting list of new titles coming out on New Comic Book Day, as well as news from around the DC Comics universe.

DC’s Year of the Villain is kicking off with a special 25-cent issue coming May 1, just days before Free Comic Book Day on May 4, and this issue will set the stage for the big Year of the Villain events coming later this summer.

DC’s Year of the Villain #1 ties into Justice League #25 as Lex Luthor makes the ultimate power play. The story continues in “The Offer” (June), “Dark Gifts” (August), “Evil Unleashed” (September) and “Doom Rising” (October).

The special 25-cent issue will also help to launch the Event Leviathan story in Action Comics that begins with “Leviathan Rises” in Action Comics #1007. This story, from Brian Michael Bendis and Steve Epting, explores the gritty underground crime syndicates in the DC Universe. It continues in Action Comics #1010 and #1011, followed by Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 (May 29), and all of this kicks off the six-issue Event Leviathan miniseries coming in June.

Finally, the Year of the Villain will culminate with a huge anniversary story in Batman #75 (July 17) that sees Bane taking control of Gotham City while Batman remains MIA.

There’s no question that it’s going to be a hot time in the DC Comics universe this summer, so be sure to pick up your copy of DC’s Year of the Villain #1 for 25 cents on May 1.

Previews

DC Collectibles has several new statues out in April and fans will absolutely love adding them to their collections.

DC Bombshells: Batwoman Away Uniform Variant Statue. Photo: DC Collectibles

First up is the DC Bombshells: Batwoman Away Uniform Variant Statue. Designed by Ant Lucia and sculpted by Tim Miller, the newest addition to the DC Bombshells line is a must-have for Batwoman and baseball fans alike. Kate Kane, defender of Gotham City, is sporting a black cap with pointy bat-ears on it, while the rest of her outfit (think: A League of Their Own ’40s style uniforms) is red and black. She’s stretching out with her bat behind her head, and it’s easy to imagine that she’s staring down the pitcher before she steps into the batter’s box. The statue measures just under 11” and retails for $125.

DC Core: The Flash PVC Statue. Photo: DC Collectibles

Next up is the DC Core: The Flash PVC Statue. This line is great for fans just starting their collections (the line already features Batgirl, Batman and the Joker) and it’s also a great collection for people who want quality items that won’t break the bank. And, speaking of breaking, these statues are made from high-grade PVC which means they’re incredibly durable. The Flash is the latest addition to the DC Core family. Designed by Jim Fletcher and sculpted by Kushwara Studios, the figure stands are 10” and is limited to a run of 5000. The color and detail in this line is impressive, and Flash fans will enjoy having the Scarlet Speedster on display at home or at the office.

You can find the DC Bombshells: Batwoman and DC Core: The Flash statues and lots of other fantastic merchandise on the DC Collectibles website.

The Pull List

Here’s the complete list of DC Comics titles available April 17:

American Carnage #6

Aquaman #47

Batman #69

Damage #16

Electric Warriors #6

High Level #3

Justice League #22

Lucifer #7

MAD Magazine #7

Naomi #4

Nightwing #59

Pearl #8

Scooby-Doo Where Are You #98

Teen Titans #29

Available this week in hardcover and trade:

Batman and Superman in World’s Finest: The Silver Age Omnibus Volume 2 HC

Batman Detective: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition Volume 4 HC

Damage Volume 2 Scorched Earth TP

Injustice vs Masters of the Universe HC

Justice League of America The Bronze Age Volume 1 TP

Kamandi Challenge TP

Sandman Volume 7 Brief Lives 30th Anniversary Edition TP

Wonder Woman Volume 8 Dark Gods TP

All of the titles above are available in stores on April 17, 2019. Click here to find a local comic shop near you.

From: https://fansided.com/2019/04/18/dc-comics-news-previews-pull-list-4-17-19/

Shazam Is Back. Wait, Who Is He Again?

In 1939, Fawcett Comics was looking to capitalize on the superhero boom created by characters like Superman. The writer Bill Parker came up with the idea of a team of superheroes, each of whom possessed the power of a different mythological figure. The idea was ultimately revised to just one character with all of those powers, and thus was born Shazam.

Parker originally called him Captain Thunder, but that name was already trademarked, so he switched to Captain Marvel. (A competitor, Timely Comics, did not rebrand as Marvel Comics until 1961.) The artist C.C. Beck was the illustrator, and he continued to draw Captain Marvel throughout the 1940s.

[Read the history of Marvel’s Captain Marvel here]

In his first appearance, Billy is an orphaned paperboy who meets a wizard in a mysterious subway station. After learning about Billy’s sad life, the wizard declares that he is too old to keep fighting crime and asks Billy to take his place. He endows Billy with the power to turn into Captain Marvel any time he says the word “Shazam,” which is an acronym for the “immortal elders” who give him his powers: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

From: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/movies/shazam-history-captain-marvel.html

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