REVIEW CORNER: Action Comics # 643

Action Comics # 643

Writer/Penciller: George Perez
Inker: Brett Breeding
Letterer: Bill Oakley
Colorist: Glenn Whitmore

Cover Date: July 1989


This week, I’ll be winding down my look at some of the outstanding work of George Perez for the time being by taking a look at Action Comics # 643, which not only brought Superman back to his own title (The series was briefly retooled as “Action Comics Weekly” back in 1988 which was met with some minor success) but I also brought him back to earth after exiling himself after not coming to terms with being the judge, jury, and executioner of three Kryptonian villains from an alternate universe.

The story itself felt like it just set up everything with ease, such as Superman returning to earth (And Metropolis) and stopping a robot called Turmoil who was created by Darkseid and controlled by Morgan Edge and his connections from Intergang (I really enjoyed the twist with Darkseid towards the end**NO SPOILERS**); Perez’s artwork is a joy to look as usual at but his writing needed more work (He got better as time went on); He did a great job in bringing Superman to life with the same bravado that John Bryne brought to the table but for the most part, the story moved way too fast as it feels like Perez just drew the issue without writing a full script or just followed a checklist he made in what he wanted in his first issue. Perez might have played it safe for his very first issue of Action, I still stand by the fact that it’s a very consistent piece of character work that might not knock the socks of anyone who reads this, but it’s a fun read for Superman fans everywhere no matter what.

As I explained earlier, I will be winding down on my George Perez restropect as next week, Disney+ will unleash “Ms. Marvel” to the public so i’ll take a look at some of the most memorable Kamala Khan stories. Once that series wraps, I will return with the Perez issues then the Neal Adams stuff.

Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next week.

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