REVIEW: Action Comics #852

Action Comics #852 (DC Comics, September 2007 cover date)
Kurt Busiek
Penciller: Brad Walker
Inker: John Livesay
Cover: Brad Walker & John Livesay

Warning: This is not really so much a review as it is a quick rant.

A few days after renewing my Action subscription, based solely on the promising look of Gary Frank’s art and the hope that the Geoff Johns/Richard Donner stories will soon become the focus of the title, issue #852 arrived in the mail. It’s a good thing I already sent my money to DC. This one would’ve made me think twice.

This issue ties in with DC’s Countdown #42. DC seems to be on a countdown trip over the last few years. And what are we counting down to this time? Why, it’s yet another Crisis of course. I suppose “events” are the only way to tip the scales a bit as far as comic book sales and DC will be forever chasing former glories. They are looking around for people to kill in order to boost sales.

Unfortunately, I bought into Action Comics last year expecting to see Clark Kent/Superman as the main character. I wasn’t subscribing to Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, after all, but that’s exactly what we get here.

Mind you, I’ve got nothing against Jimmy. He’s a supporting character, and I can normally take him or leave him. He’s like Sulu on Star Trek. It’s fine if he’s there, but if he’s missing in an episode or movie, I don’t really notice.

I don’t want to see a Sulu episode, though, nor do I want to see a Sulu movie. The same goes for Jimmy. This issue is a Jimmy story, and not even a very good one at that. The worst part is, this story is apparently part one of three.

So not only has DC’s latest marketing stunt hijacked this issue of Action, but it’s also hijacking at least two more. I shouldn’t complain too much about the lack of Superman in this issue, though. As poorly as he is depicted by Brad Walker, I would just as soon he not show up at all.

And, hey, DC, I really don’t care about the monkey. Nor your Countdown. Nor the conclusion of this piece of junk. Save that for the annual and let me have the rest of the story I signed on to read.

Story/Writing: 3 (out of 10)
Art: 2
Cover Art: 2
Overall Experience: 2 (out of 10)