A Gratuitous Batman Cameo In Action Comics #1003

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Daily Planet reporter Goode meets up with the criminal underworld of Metropolis. She meets with one of the heads and receives a gift. She takes it back to the Daily Planet, where Clark Kent begins to collapse in mysterious illness. That gift was Kryptonite, and Clark is powerless to remove it without revealing his dual identity as Superman.

Action Comics #1003 cover by Patrick Gleason and Brad Anderson
Action Comics #1003 cover by Patrick Gleason and Brad Anderson

Fear not, reader, Action Comics #1003 has another reference to a Red Tornado comic on the opening credits page. Does this mean we are getting a Red Tornado comic or even an appearance by the android hero in an upcoming Superman book? Probably not, but Brian Michael Bendis does love his running jokes.

In any case, Action Comics #1003 is a bit of a slow mover. The comic centers around Goode and her day. The rendezvous to get the Kryptonite is played quite well; the word isn’t even said until after the episode with Clark Kent’s sickness.

Goode has the potential to be an interesting figure. Her intentions are still unclear, and she has a solid personality.

The surprise Lois Lane appearance at the end of last issue has yet to be explained and receives only two references in the entire issue.

Batman does get a cameo appearance. It feels a little gratuitous, but there is at least a reason for it. Plus, Clark and Bruce are good friends.

Action Comics #1003 art by Yannick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Action Comics #1003 art by Yannick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

Yannick Paquette’s work is as sterling as ever. The comic looks nice, and you have a couple of panels with that distinct Paquette superhero face for both Batman and Superman. The paneling is played with in a fun way during the Clark Kent sickness sequence. Nathan Fairbairn’s color work is vibrant and well-balanced too, bringing more liveliness to the proceedings.

Action Comics #1003 is a slow but intriguing installment of the Superman title. We learn a little more about Goode, get a fun if not entirely necessary Batman appearance, and a few scenes of Superman goodness. In the end, it’s worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Action Comics #1003 comes to us from writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Yannick Paquette, color artist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Josh Reed, cover artists Patrick Gleason with Brad Anderson, and variant cover artist Francis Manapul.

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