The conclusion of a two-parter, this is light-hearted romp powers from beginning to end with barely a let-up in the action. There's plenty of humour in Scott Lobdell's script, with Ordling considering Superman too ugly to trust, our overconfident hero punching the massive Lexus with the line 'Blah. Blah. BlaaaAARGH!' and a terrific last line from the Metropolis Marvel.
It's not all fluffy fun, though, with Lobdell's narration providing an interesting meditation on the nature of invulnerability and Superman's susceptibility to magic. Best of all, he outlines Superman's unwillingness to kill any living thing, a position I'm glad to see spelt out in the comics after the recent Man of Steel film.
New opponent Lexus - a surprising choice of name given Superman's number one foe - is formidable, with a superb design courtesy of artist Tyler Kirkham; I hope he returns. And I hope Kirkham returns to the Superman books, too, because he excels at this type of tale, a widescreen summer blockbuster, full of massive panels and over the top character designs. Arid Prianto's colours make the pages look even more delicious, and Carlos M Mangual's lettering choices add interest too.
It's a shame that the ever-entertaining Hector Hammond, who dragged Superman into this adventure last month, isn't around this time, but at least we're seeing him over in Superman.
Action Comics #22-23 likely won't turn out to be seminal issues, but they're good fun and introduce a number of new characters with potential. What's more, it's Superman who works out how to save the day - he's more than simply super-muscle
Main feature over, the current World of Krypton back-up wraps, with Jor-El and Lara rescued from the Krypton coup by one Commander Zod. I'm sure they'll be great friends. Once again there's a dodgy portrayal of Superman's parents, with Lara apparently brutalising disappointing boyfriend Jax-Ur. The art by Tom Derenick, coloured by Hi-Fi, pops and Frank Hannah's script is tautly dramatic, but this short series hasn't been my cup of tea at all, with its portrayal of Lara as an angry military type and Jor-El using mind control on Krypton's citizenry, supposedly for their own good. I'd be happy to forget the whole thing, but we're threatened with more Krypton stories 'soon'. If Action must have back-ups - and I'd prefer it be a regular-sized $2.99 comic than a $3.99 book - they should star Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen or, given they're soon going to be title-free, the Legion of Super-Heroes. How about that, DC?