Review: Action Comics #1017 Begins The Biggest Battle Of Superman’s Life

by Tony Thornley

One of the best revamps of recent comics history has been without question the new Legion of Doom, taking the basic idea of the classic Superfriends concept and updating it. However, it has kept Lex Luthor away from Metropolis, until now in Action Comics #1017

Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson, and Dave Sharpe bring the Legion to Metropolis.

The Legion has defeated the League, the Titans and Young Justice. But how did we get here? Some time prior, a mysterious fireball blasted through Metropolis, attracting the attention of the Invisible Mafia, Leviathan, and more. Who could have the power and motive to do exactly that? No one other than… Lex Luthor.

Bendis weaves a complicated tale here. It’s dense and there’s a lot going on, not just in plot but in character beats as well. The Daily Planet has a new owner, which is a big part of the issue, causing chaos for everyone from Jimmy Olsen to Perry White. It’s definitely engrossing, however, because of some of the twists and turns as well as the non-linear timeline, makes it easy to get lost.

Romita and Janson do strong work here, especially in the quiet moments. Though this depiction Superman feels a little stiff, their Clark Kent is fantastic. Once he returns to the Planet after being attacked by Leviathan, his quiet rage is palpable, leading to some of the stellar character work that gave Romita Jr his reputation as one of the best line artists in comics and conveying so much of what Clark is going through without the character himself saying a word. Anderson’s colors also add a lot, especially with some of the eerie effects of the villain attacks that he brings to life.

I’m excited to finally see Lex Luthor under Bendis’ pen, as well as these artistic collaborators bringing their best to the table. It’s an exciting new story that I can’t wait to see more of.

Action Comics #1017 is available now from DC Comics.

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