The Invisible Mafia’s Plan And Leader Revealed In Action Comics #1006

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Reporter Clark Kent manages to catch Metropolis’ mayor about the allegation that he ordered an end to the investigation into fires around the city. The mayor is flighty and dodges Clark’s questions. This gets back to the Invisible Mafia and, by extension, Red Cloud. As a result, Red Cloud ambushes and tries to kill Deputy Fire Chief Melody Moore. Superman is there to stop her. The city is buzzing with rumors that Red Cloud beat Superman, but this doesn’t bother or deter the Man of Steel.

Action Comics #1006 cover by Ryan Sook
Action Comics #1006 cover by Ryan Sook

Action Comics #1006 continues the “Invisible Mafia” story, this time with Superman having another clash with Red Cloud and offering her a choice to back away from the current path she’s upon.

That moment is especially good because Superman, much like Wonder Woman and Captain America, should offer his opponents a chance to back down. Kal-El is compassionate to his core, and Brian Michael Bendis shows here that he understands that.

We meet the leader of the Invisible Mafia in this issue. They might have a connection to another character in the Superman canon, but I’m not completely sure there. The Invisible Mafia’s goal is more writ large in this issue, and it is intriguing. They know they can’t beat Superman, so they just keep him busy with super-powered fights with no winner. That’s strangely genius and plays on Kal-El’s nature.

Action Comics #1006 art by Ryan Sook, Brad Anderson, and letterer Josh Reed
Action Comics #1006 art by Ryan Sook, Brad Anderson, and letterer Josh Reed

Ryan Sook continues to provide the artwork for Action Comics in this issue, and he once again does a damn good job of rendering the comic. Characters are well-detailed and defined, the strong jaw of Superman is especially impressive under Sook’s linework. Brad Anderson’s color work is great as well, giving the book enough pop to keep the eye of the reader trained on the page.

Action Comics #1006 is yet another Bendis triumph in the annals of Superman. The Invisible Mafia and Red Cloud make for interesting foes for the Man of Steel, and Sook and Anderson keep the comic’s visuals flowing and of high quality. This one is worth a recommendation. Check it out.

Action Comics #1006 comes to us from writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist and cover artist Ryan Sook, color artist Brad Anderson, letterer Josh Reed, and variant cover artist Francis Manapul.

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