[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
A mysterious individual meets up with Director Bones while Lois and Clark, undercover as Andi and Chaz, meet up with their Spyral contact in London. When they find their contact, they are given a less-than-warm reception. However, even that is interrupted by another incursion from one of the creatures that have been attacking on behalf of Leviathan. Meanwhile, Jimmy Olsen and Amanda Waller are having trouble getting along back at the Fortress of Solitude.
Action Comics #1010 focuses upon Lois and Clark going undercover as Spyral agents to find a lead on Leviathan. Andi and Chaz are old Spyral identities they had which they believe will help them find out what is going on.
You may be thinking to yourself that you’ve never heard of Chaz and Andi before, and you may be thinking that Lois and Clark never had anything to do with Spyral in the past. Well…you’d be wrong, because there is a Checkmate cover with Lois and Clark as Andi and Chaz while receiving backup from Supergirl. It has Mister Terrific, Amanda Waller, Nemesis, and everything, like a “real issue” of Checkmate.
So yeah, Bendis is off on one again, but that’s kind of why we like him right? It’s still pretty damn entertaining, and it’s always nice getting to see Lois team up with Superman on these adventures.
That said, it still feels like we’re deliberately slowing the plot a little so we can all wait on the big Leviathan event to come.
Steve Epting continues to blow the reader away with his incredible artwork. That “Checkmate cover” in particular looks great and is done up to look almost exactly like the cover to a genuine Checkmate issue. There is a brief sequence of action with Superman himself which looks especially good thanks to Epting’s immense talents. Brad Anderson’s color art wraps it all up in a vibrant palette fitting for the Man of Tomorrow himself.
Action Comics #1010 is another entertaining, if slightly slow, issue of this Superman title. Leviathan continues to rise, but Superman and Lois still don’t see that close to figuring out who or what Leviathan is. That said, it’s still a fun comic, and I can recommend it. Feel free to pick it up.
Action Comics #1010 comes to us from writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist and cover artist Steve Epting, color artist Brad Anderson, letterer Josh Reed, and variant cover artist Francis Manapul.