Action Comics #1000
Written by: A Crapton of Writers
Art by: A Crapton of Artists
Published by: DC Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

1,000 issues is truly a milestone and it seems that everyone is talking about the latest big, massive issue of Superman. And why not? There’s 364 alternate covers and lots of big name talent writing and drawing stories inside. Is it worth the massive price tag to pick up this behemoth of a book? It seems that the answer for most is a resounding “Yes.” For me? I was pretty damn bored with the book until I got to Brian Michael Bendis story that leads into his new Superman miniseries.

This #1,000 issue is pretty much just an anthology issue with lots of writers like Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman, Neal Adams, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Louise Simonson, Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, and many more telling three to five page stories about Superman being, well, super. They all get to put their neat little spin on these cute little stories about Superman saving the day.  Whoopie.

Many may have loved reading these stories, especially from some Superman veterans who may not have worked on a Superman book for many years. Me?  I was just bored. I really didn’t care. I probably could have just skipped over every single story until I got to the Bendis’ story and not even have cared one bit. That’s not to take away from all of the other creators, but it seems that Bendis’ story is the only one that seems to have a purpose.

Brian Michael Bendis is certainly the big draw of this issue as the trumpets sound to announce his arrival at DC Comics. If anyone thought that Bendis would disappoint in his first story then you must be a fool. This brief story was really amazing, introducing a hulking beast that looks to take the Kryptonian down. It really does feel like a preface for what’s to come in Bendis’s miniseries Man of Steel, which launches next month.

Clocking in at twelve pages, the story also gets a chance to be more than just an homage to one of the greatest superheroes of all time. Again, it feels like there is an actual purpose. I like that. I don’t need fluff, especially for what I’m paying for this damn book. Jim Lee’s artwork is spectacular and the man truly hasn’t lost a step in his artistic abilities. The teaming up of these two comic giants was a wise decision and I’m sure Jim Lee positioned himself to draw this story when it was pitched. I’d say being Co-Publisher certainly has its advantages.

Overall this book is a real snoozer and certainly not worth the price you are going to pay for it. If you find it in a quarter bin a year from now it will certainly be worth a pickup. But if you are on the fence about reading it just do yourself a favor and skip it. The Bendis story is great but I’m sure they’ll catch the reader up on what is going on when Man of Steel #1 hits.

RATING: C-

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