Action Comics #1017
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by John Romita Jr
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: Superman will have his hands full with multiple threats both personal and global.
Bouncing from moment to moment, Superman finds himself in a battle with Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom that will devastate the city. As he fights alongside the Justice League and a resurrected Young Justice, Superman could be in over his head in more ways than one.
The Man of Steel will also have to deal with the continuing threat of Leviathan as the organization moves into the next phase of its plans. To make matters worse, Leviathan technology transports Superman to Gorilla City where he finds a less than hospitable greeting from the locals. When he returns, he is surprised to find that one of the bases used by the Hidden Mafia in Metropolis was destroyed in his absence removing any evidence that investigators could use.
The Story: The story Bendis has written for this issue is all about the opposing forces going after Superman causing confusion and that is exactly what this issue elicits. There’s too much going on and too many storylines to sift through in order to get to the heart of this one issue. Everything from the Justice/Doom War to the Hidden Mafia to Leviathan are just shoved in here and neither Superman nor the reader can get a handle on what this issue is about other than Superman dealing with at least two of the three external threats consistently coming at him. There are some interesting moments in the story and the moments between Lois and Clark are great, but I keep finding myself wanting something to be resolved so I can get to a point where Superman is constantly playing catch up to threats that are going nowhere thematically.
The Art: John Romita Jr.’s art in great and there are some excellent panels throughout the issue. He captures the hero and the action well and the art is filled with details. I did find the art lacking in some of the visual cues that Year of the Villain has amassed across the titles. Metropolis seemed too bright and there was no Doom sigil in the sky.