Action Comics #1024
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by John Romita Jr
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson
Letters by Dave Sharpe
The Rundown: When the Invisible Mafia targets an ally of the Man of Steel, the House of Kent goes to war!
The Invisible Mafia has gone underground and Superman and his family have taken to the skies to root them out. As they are being watched, Leone decides that Red Cloud needs to send a message to Superman and she does so by killing someone close to Clark. Someone that will send the Man of Steel into a rage that only Kara can pull him out of.
At the same time, the drama at the Daily Planet continues with the FBI investigating the paper’s former boss and reiterating the warning that was given to Lois. With all the drama surrounding Leone, a move by Superman and his family to bring her down will prompt her to escalate the war between them.
The Story: Things are getting serious in this issue and Brian Michael Bendis pushes the intensity by taking out someone close to Clark. It’s a dramatic shift in the tone of the storyline, but it works as a means of focusing this story on the real and increasing threat of Leone and her forces. The lighter moments work as well, but they also distract and there is so much going on with the character that the shift in story can be distracting. There should have been more time for Superman to mourn and for the reader to experience the emotions Clark is feeling, but the story gets sidetracked by both Glory’s intervention and the drama at the Planet.
The Art: John Romita Jr’s art serves the story and its tone well. There are some well done panels throughout the issue. There is still an issue with the similarities between Clark and Jon visually to the point where, in close up, you can’t tell which character is which.