Action Comics #1004: A Rough Fresh Start.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ryan Sook
Inks by Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors by Brad Anderson
Letters by Josh Reed

It’s trouble in paradise for the Kent’s, but maybe it’s not for the worst. At least not for Lois Lane.

This issue of Action Comics may be Brian Michael Bendis’ “clever” way of soft rebooting the Kent family relationship. Lois Lane seems to be on a high of being away from her family and for some reason leaving all the responsibilities of being a mother and wife behind her. Bendis seems to have thrown Lois’ morals out the window.

Seeing Lois be a strong mother and wife to Jon and Clark for the past two years makes it hard to see this immediate (from our prospective) change in attitude towards Clark. Her life independently has become her priority, her work is at the forefront, and in a weird way seems to be avoiding and misleading Clark. Her discussion with Clark as of why Lex Luthor was at her hotel room seemed off, as if she wasn’t telling him the entire story.

Lois only shares small details on her outer space adventure with Jor-El and Jon, claiming he almost immediately, “hit puberty the second [they] left orbit.” Using this claim to say that Jon did not need her. By the end of the issue Clark visits Lois again, “feeling like his old self again.” Which I’m sure Bendis is using to make the two feel young again and make this series more how it used to be. Lois the focused reporter, Superman the determined hero saving everything and everyone he can.

As much as I was excited to see what Bendis has planned for the future of Superman in the DC Universe, this is very much taking two giant steps backwards for Superman’s history. Bendis is setting everything back to the good old days, and we still have no real answer of what happened to Jon. Or if it’s a story that will just be pushed to the way side until we all forget about it.

Bendis continues to make the Daily Planet setting a more fluid character in these recent issues and makes the journalism environment very entertaining. With the high focus of Lois and Clark, we took a small break from the Red Cloud mystery with only small mentions of her as well as only a page with Ms. Goode. Although their interaction was short, there seems to be no indication that Ms. Goode knows Clark’s secret.

A small appearance of Copperhead who I don’t think has been seen since some issues in The Flash, before the Flash War. This was just used as a reason to get Superman to tell Perry himself that the bad guy in Metropolis was Red Cloud and not Red Tornado. This also leads up to Superman making a joke about his death with the famous “Superman Dead!” Daily Planet newspaper which is framed in the Daily Planet. This issue wasn’t very joke heavy like the past issues which I can appreciate, because this issue didn’t seem to really need jokes.

The issue itself didn’t move the story forward, but only sets Clark’s relationship back in Bendis’ hope to move Clark’s story forward in the future with no strings attached.