Review: Action Comics #1004
By Philip Schweier
Oct 24, 2018 - 9:03
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller(s): Ryan Sook
Inker(s): Wade Von Grawbadger
Colourist(s): Brad Anderson
Letterer(s): Josh Reed
Cover Artist(s): Steve Rude; Francis Manapul
I also mention the Steve Rude cover because artists Ryan Sook and Wade Von Grawbadger seem to be channeling their inner Dude (not the one who abides, the other one). Often, artists use an excess of crosshatching to add texture, but it in turn dilutes the defining effect of colors.
Sook and Grawbadger’s contours are crisp, clean and well defined, adding clarity to each panel. This permits an excess of detail in the form of desk clutter, streetscape elements and home furnishings. This also allows Brad Anderson’s color work to shine. He uses a very bright color palette (appropriate for Superman), which is effective even in scenes with minimal lighting. There is no inappropriate moody atmosphere here; simply well-lit scenes, and less so.
Bendis seems intent on elevating the supporting cast. Perry White displays a dimension of character I haven’t seen in years, if ever. He’s not simply Clark’s boss, he’s a man with a job, and an individual with his own agenda. However, Superman’s son is only mentioned off-hand, which I don’t particularly mind. I still struggle with Lois and Clark being married, let alone having a kid. But at least Bendis gave us the reunion we’ve been needing.
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