Saving Amanda Waller In Action Comics #1009

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Amanda Waller revealed to Lois and Clark that she knows Superman’s secret identity before passing out. Superman and Lois Lane brought the unconscious Amanda Waller, along with Jimmy Olsen, to Superman’s new Fortress of Solitude in the Bermuda Triangle for medical treatment. Afterwards, Superman goes to check on General Sam Lane in the hospital. There, Clark finds the Question, who has also been investigating the Leviathan conspiracy. Meanwhile, Amanda Waller shares what she knows with Lois.

Action Comics #1009 cover by Steve Epting
Action Comics #1009 cover by Steve Epting

Action Comics #1009 follows up on the startling revelation that Amanda Waller knows Superman’s secret. Lois is infuriated, but Superman himself tries to push past it and answer this new threat posed by Leviathan.

The comic is split between Superman investigating the scenes of Leviathan’s attacks and Lois interrogating Waller. A little is revealed, such as the fact that Leviathan is Talia al Ghul’s organization (for the uninitiated in that regard–myself included), and we see a silhouette of Waller and General Lane’s attacker.

The Question and Director Bones have the most memorable scenes of the comic–aside from Lois straight-up decking Amanda Waller. I am a big fan of the Question and wish he could have another ongoing or at least join a team, and Director Bones is in the midst of a mental breakdown while digging through the rubble of the D.E.O.

All in all, it is a pretty fun comic, even if the revelations about Leviathan are slow-rolling.

Action Comics #1009 art by Steve Epting, Brad Anderson, and letterer Rob Leigh
Action Comics #1009 art by Steve Epting, Brad Anderson, and letterer Rob Leigh

Steve Epting continues to be an enormous boon for the comic. His art style never ceases to impress, and the treatment he gives to this book is absolutely gorgeous and powerful. He is an artist truly worthy of working on Superman, and he proves it with every panel. Brad Anderson provides excellent color work as well, and the two together provide incredible work on this issue.

Action Comics #1009 is another solid issue from Bendis, Epting, and Anderson. While this issue doesn’t provide anything spectacular to the Leviathan conspiracy, it is still an entertaining book with great artwork. It earns a recommendation; check it out.

Action Comics #1009 comes to us from writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist and cover artist Steve Epting, color artist Brad Anderson, letterer Rob Leigh, and variant cover artist Francis Manapul.

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