Superman comics have not been in good shape for a few years now. We had to put up with New Krypton which dragged on too long and fizzled out. Then the blowhard JMS wrote Grounded, damaging sales before jumping ship. With the New 52, DC has wisely put Grant Morrison on a Superman title and given the character a shot in the arm.
Harking back to the early Golden Age tales, this is a social crusader Superman. As the story starts, he takes on a powerful executive in hopes of bringing him down a peg. No longer is he a big blue boyscout, he is Occupy Wall Street made manifest. Someone who thinks that the law should work for the little man as well as the big man. Even his outfit is changed. Superman here is dressed in battered jeans, workboots, t-shirt and cape. Silly as it sounds, it works. The character is young, tired of what he sees as injustice and ready to take the fight where it needs to go. He seems smarter and tougher than most recent stories have shown.
Morrison takes the characters and boils them down to the essences, what made them work years ago. Lois, Jimmy, and Lex Luthorfeel less stale then they have done in years. The plot flows naturally and references all areas of Superman lore. Though this is a new origin, it does not fall into the traps of having to set everything up in a predictable linear fashion.
I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the second and third volumes to finish Morrison's run. The best part will be going back and reading the whole thing again, so the little touches and foreshadowing can really be appreciated.
Superman is back.
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