This Looks Like a Job for…Chaz (Action Comics #1009 Review)

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art and Cover by: Steve Epting
Colors by: Brad Anderson
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Variant Cover by: Francis Manapul

Action Comics #1009 Cover

Last time, an A.R.G.U.S. hideout in Columbus was attacked by Leviathan, along with the D.E.O. Lois and Clark, along with Jimmy Olsen, are working a story involving the Kobra Cult and trying to figure out what Leviathan is up to.

I mentioned in my last review how Action has seemed to take on a different direction with Lois’s increased involvement—and for the better. This issue was even better than the last. The art was fantastic, and it feels as if you’re watching a biweekly television show every time you pick up this comic. Action more than Superman feels like a journalism procedural with a healthy dose of science fiction.

This issue more than any of Bendis’s issues before is a Lois issue. We get to see Lois Lane, the firebrand journalist, in full force, along with Lois Lane, daughter of Sam Lane, and Lois Lane, love of Clark Kent’s life. I found myself asking where this Lois has been all this time. I suspect we will be seeing more of her in the rest of the Leviathan arc leading up to her upcoming solo series, to be written by Greg Rucka.

Lois takes Waller to task

Bendis’s Superman is well-written, as is his Jimmy Olsen. It was great seeing the three of them working together again—like an episode of the Adventures of Superman. There was a lot of exposition in this issue that presumably will set up the next installment, in which Lois and Clark are going undercover as Andi and Chaz (Clark with a beard). I for one can’t wait to read the next issue.

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Melissa Privette

Melissa Privette

Melissa is a recovering accountant and an aspiring attorney with a love for comics who wants to be Lois Lane when she grows up.
Summary
In the Fortress of Solitude, Lois and Clark come up with a plan to infiltrate Leviathan.
Good
  • Beautiful art
  • Improved characterization, particularly of Lois Lane
  • Better pacing than the beginning of the run, great exposition
Bad
  • Wish it hadn't ended so soon
9
Amazing
Art - 10
Story - 9
Characterization - 8
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Melissa is a recovering accountant and an aspiring attorney with a love for comics who wants to be Lois Lane when she grows up.

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