Action Comics #1001
Now that the dust has settled in Man of Steel, Brian Michael Bendis has started his runs on Superman and Action Comics. While Superman will focus on the Man of Steel's personal life, Bendis' Action Comics, which begins with issue 1001 (no renumbering here), focuses on the heroic adventures of Superman. Teamed up with artist Patrick Gleason, the first issue of Bendis' run isn't as action-packed as described, but still seems to be setting up some pretty intriguing things.
Picking up on a subplot from Man of Steel, Superman is still trying to figure out who is behind the sudden rash of fires being set in Metropolis. Even though it's a relatively small potatoes concern for Superman, he still feels a need to help his city, but he's at a loss for who could be behind it. Of course, we know that it involves the new villain Red Cloud, who's abilities, while still unknown fully, seem pretty considerable.
We've already seen Bendis' ability to spin new takes on Superman with Man of Steel, but I'm still impressed by how well his style works for the character. Everything from the dialogue to the mystery is well done and engaging, and Bendis' voice for the Man of Steel is everything you'd want from Superman. He's both heroic and empathetic, and when he explains to the fire chief why he cares so much about the fires being set, you totally believe it.
Patrick Gleason is no stranger to drawing Superman after a stellar run on the character with Peter J Tomasi on Superman. I knew exactly what I was getting when I opened up this issue, and I totally loved every page and panel I saw. Gleason's style is so well suited for the character that it's hard to imagine a better artist suited for his world. He's that good, and putting him with Bendis all but guarantees a fantastic story lays ahead of us.
If you've been waiting to jump into the world of the Man of Steel, this is a pretty good place to start, though you'd definitely need to pick up the Man of Steel miniseries to fully grasp the plot. However, this opening start for Action Comics is really engaging, and Bendis is definitely bringing his A-game to the character. It's nice to see Superman standing tall with a new exciting adventure ahead of him.