The Metropolitan Underworld Revealed (Action Comics #1012 Comic Review)

User Rating: 9.7

Script: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Szymon Kudranski
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Josh Reed
Cover: Jamal Campbell
Variant Cover: Ben Oliver
Associate Editor: Jessica Chen
Editor: Mike Cotton
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham

Action Comics 1012 Cover

This issue is a tie-in to the Event Leviathan, picking up after the Leviathan Rising event that dominated the last few issues. Clark is about to go to space with Jor-El (an event covered in the Superman title), but there’s a nice scene between him and Lois at the Fortress of Solitude in this issue. As a matter of fact, it was my favorite scene, as I very much enjoyed the banter between them.

Back at the Planet, Robinson Goode is chasing down a lead while at the same time trying to keep her own powers a secret. Perry and his staff are investigating Leviathan and seeking to determine who or what is behind the organization. Although the special provided a few answers, a lot still remains to be seen about the mysterious masked figure who seems to be pulling all the strings.

This is a very Robinson Goode-centric issue, which was interesting because she is a character that I perceive as very morally grey. I’m not quite sure what her true motivations are, since we only know a little bit about her, but she’s a great reporter with her own agenda. She seems to admire Lois as well as Clark, but as we have seen in previous issues, she is living a double life of her own. I’m actually very much looking forward to how her storyline plays out within the event and beyond. I hope that she and Lois get to interact more in her upcoming solo title.

The art in this issue was done by Szymon Kudranski, and I loved his style. I mentioned earlier that my favorite page was the one featuring Lois and Clark in the Fortress, and half of my reason for enjoying it so much was because of the art. I loved how Kudranski drew Clark—he reminded me a little bit of Tom Welling.

In true Bendis style, the issue reveals a bit of new information to the reader, but withholds more than it reveals. Nonetheless, it is an engaging story due to Robinson’s storyline, and I’m excited to see what happens next.

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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
Lois and Clark share a romantic getaway in the Bermuda Triangle, while Robinson Goode flexes her investigative reporting chops.
Good
  • Beautiful and unique art
  • It was an interesting choice to follow Robinson for most of the issue
  • Great Lois and Clark moment
Bad
  • I'd really like to see more of Lois at the Planet within the Action and Superman titles, not just her limited solo
  • Didn't really provide much new information
9.7
Amazing
Art - 10
Story - 9
Characterization - 10
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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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