I’ve made no secret that I’ve greatly been enjoying writer Greg Pak and artist Aaron Kuder’s work on Action Comics. Issue 44 released this Wednesday and has continued to bring Superman in a different direction; 44 begins to greatly tie into the overarching story that Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr. are telling within the pages of their Superman solo title. Despite Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s still depowered Clark Kent, he is still very much the Superman that he was when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster originally created him.
Action Comics issue 44 continues Superman’s fight with the shadows. Here he refers to them as “shadow monsters”, but we also get a more personal name when the main shadow takes the name of “Wrath.” “Hard Truth” part four, along with Batman Superman issue 24 story “Truth Hurts” all fall within the subtitle of stories called “Lies.” It appears as if the “Truth” story arc has concluded and now has moved onto it’s second phase. This reminds me very much of the long running epic “Doomed” from last year.
44 issues into its run and Action Comics has never looked or read better than now. While I was unsure of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s approach to Superman when they took over, I am now comfortable with having them on the book for however many stories they have in them. It would be wrong to say that writer Greg Pak’s Clark Kent/Superman is his own as the one we see protecting others and fighting his way through Metropolis is very much the Siegel and Shuster one. The opening pages of Action Comics issue 44 deliver a frenetic action sequence that finds the Man of Steel up against the almost impossible to beat threat of the shadow monsters. Artist Aaron Kuder is no stranger to creature design and while the shadow monsters seem very similar to the alien symbiotes of the Marvel Universe, they are very much their own creatures.
I’ve read that this has been a solid week for comics, particularly Batman (which we reviewed here) and Catwoman. Action Comics, by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, has certainly delivered another satisfying installment and a series that I continually look forward to reading each month. As much as I did enjoy this issue, I must warn that the ending will only make sense if you read Batman Superman issue 24, which also came out this week. Other than that minor aspect that only comes into play on the last page, Action Comics 44 is another hit for DC Comics and Superman.
Action Comics issue 44 is out now and gets four stars!